Nepenthes - to trim or not to trim?
Hi all. So here is my brand new nepenthes x velvet from Sarracenia Northwest. Seems to be a nice little plant. (Click the thumbnails for larger images)
Anyways... there is one obvious developing upper pitcher. By looking at the rest of the vines coming in, it also seems that they will be growing upper pitchers. Big problem... I don't want upper pitchers, but can't bring myself to hack away at this plant I just spent $40 on (inc. shipping.) The upper pitchers from this plant are really really really boring, and from pictures it seems the lowers are soooo much nicer. Anybody have any ideas? Hints? Experience? Will this plant eventually sort of bud off new plants (like Sundews or VFTs) that would grow lower pitchers? If I don't trim it will I be stuck with upper pitchers forever? You guys have been so informative so far, I really look forward to hearing your suggestions.