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By jamie fowler
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I have a Nepenthes Rafflesiana (Monkey Cup) and I’m wondering if it’s worth cutting off the dead and dying cups, would this benefit the plant or should I just leave it alone and if I’m going to trim them where do I need to trim them from. All replies welcome…..
By CPcaregiver
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Cutting off old pitchers has no real benefit or disadvantage to a nep, as long it's healthy. The only reason to do so would be to make the plant more visually appealing. I'd advise at least waiting until all the pitcher w/ vine is brown and dead before trimming, to eliminate the slight chance of infection. But it doesn't matter much, I cut mine right after they lose their color. :roll:
Happy growing!
By jamie fowler
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Joined:  Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:19 pm
Would you cut the vine at the end of the leaf or further back nearer the root ball…?
By snapperhead51
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Hi Jamie
usually the best thing is to cut the tendril at the tip of the leaf then you dont have a unsightly black stick looking tendril after a few weeks sticking out from the leaf end.and cutting them off as CPcaregiver said is purely for looks , but in high humidity conditions will prevent fungal and other diseases from occurring.
Referring to you thread post , as monkey cup , , its really not true , monkeys never sit it a nepenthe pitcher , never ever seen one in all my trips !!, usually the pitchers are just to small to do so,think way back, some one may have seen a baby money in a large pitcher playing , possibly this was where it may have come from but unsure, the best way to describe the specie is Nepenthe or Nepenthe's or shortened as Nep , rather than a obscure reference to the specie , not have a go at you , just think is good to now the best way to refer the plant , because I'm passionate about them , some my say over indulgent or worse
By BoothEatsBUGS
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From what I've read from various internet sources the term "monkey cup" came about because apparently monkeys would drink the water/fluid from the nepenthes pitchers. Can't remember the source but I'm sure if you google it you'll find your answer lol
By jamie fowler
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Joined:  Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:19 pm
Great replies Thanks for the advice….
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