Carnivorous Plants/Nepenthes

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New Tiny Pitchers
New Tiny Pitchers  

Pitchers!!
Pitchers!!  
Hello! I finally have pitchers coming on my Nepenthes! It appears the older leaves w/dried up pitcher stems will no longer make pitchers. These older stems have grown long & hanging. All the pitchers are coming on the new growth sent up this spring from the center of the plant. Question: Should I let it go as it is, or cut off the older long stems? If they would put pitchers on, then great, but I'm thinking no on that. If I cut off, would these root in water? I do not want to kill the plant now after waiting so long for pitchers to return. Question: Would you please recommend a way to water this plant while we are away for vacation or weekends coming up? I can take it w/us if need-be. Thanks much! Your help is appreciated.

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Hi Holly,

Cutting off the non-productive stems will not harm your plant in any way.  I might actually make the main growing stems more productive.  This variety roots easily in water.

For vacation watering there's no easy solution.  Having someone come over to water is the simplest solution.  Automated watering devices exist, but be willing to fork over $$$$$.  Here's an example:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000U5YFR4/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com

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