I recently bought a N. Miranda from an online seller. When it arrived the main growth point was dead from the cold (a completely separate issue) and the leaves were all cut off from a few inches from the stem, just lopped right off flat. Has anybody ever heard of this as a common (or even an uncommon) practice for shipping neps? I have received several neps in the mail, all in tact with healthy pitchers. This is the first time that I have received anything like this in the mail. I am wondering what your thoughts are on this. Would you ship a plant this way? Have you received plants shipped this way? What would be the reason for cutting the leaves off? The only thing I can think of is that the seller was trying to use the clippings to propagate new plants, but I was under the impression that you would utilize most of the leaf. Help from sellers and experts would be appreciated.
No. I cut the growth point down below the dead spot about a week ago. We will see what happens. I'm more interested though in why somebody would clip all of the leaves and claim that it's for shipping purposes.
Only reason to cut of leaves is when you would try to root a stem cutting. Essentially when you take such a cutting you take of all the leaves except 1 or two and you trim those down to like 1/3. The idea is to reduce evaporation during the rooting proces. I have never seen this used for shipping purposes.
I personally think that it was a shipping method but personally I have never faced such issue. Well, for my business needs I have hired courier delivery and Warehousing service Dallas and they never do such inappropriate things while delivering the products. I am glad that I hired their service!