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Time sure flies by. I think its time to plant these.

This will require a different approach because everything must be geared towards NOT getting a flower/fruit. The hormones and nutrients will need to be telling the plant to stay in the vegetative state. Some speculation here, but the question will be what will signal the flower bud to form vs not form? Too much calcium, too much overall energy, too much stress, too much heat, cytokines from the roots...? I will probably want the humidity up, the roots a bit weaker, more nitrate and potassium, less foliage, more indirect light... growing a long stalk is going to be different than growing a fruit. I vastly under qualified to be attempting this.

I know from growing fruit trees that growing the longest branches that are the least likely to set fruit... is mostly caused by overcrowding. So, maybe some healthy but overcrowded plants? There's key micronutrients involved in bud formation. John Kempf might have done a video where he said he could get a shoot to grow indefinitely by supplying it with, loosely speaking, too much of one thing and too little of another. I think nitrate and potassium was the "too much" thing.

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