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    Lightbulb New Plan! Need typical Cephalotus, please!

    Hello friends,

    Since cephs apparently grow well in San Diego, and they grow well with VFTs, I'm going to make a little bowl of them and three vft cultivars.

    So far, I've (thanks to Growing Old and Doku,) I've got a HG and a large typical lined up. I just need two more typicals. Genetically different ones if you please. The whole point of this is to get some high quality seed. If you help me get a ceph...but I don't have enough of what you'd like in return, I can promise you a bit of it when I do get seed.

    I'm confident I won't kill em! I'll just keep em on the dry side and give em light. If they do well here, then they should take care of themselves.

    Anyway, here's the plan:



    I've got most things ready to go!

    I'll trade for them in the spring, or now. Whatever. Divisions OK, only I'd like large-medium plants.

    Thanks for looking! Please help if you can!

    P.S. One thing I have for trade is: N. Ventrosica x Spectabilis # BE-3320 from MKfarms...a nice plant with perisomal candy stripeing and well formed pitchers. Plant ~ 8 inc. in diameter and growing fast. See grow/trade list for other possibilities.

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    Here's the 18" bowl:



    ---------- Post added at 02:30 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:29 PM ----------

    I need an opinion. What would be a good, but yet simple media to put in this bowl? Be aware that VFTs and sundews will inhabit it also.

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    peat, sand, perlite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limeslide View Post
    peat, sand, perlite.
    You didn't mention the proportions! I don't think any of the plants would like a mix that's 2/3 inorganic material.

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    Cephs naturally grow in sand and peat. I don't see a problem with putting VFTs in sand and peat but I have 0 experience with sundews.

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    ICPS page on Cephs

    Growers of Cephalotus all have their favorite soil recipe for the plants so there is no real consensus about what the “ideal” soil mixture should be. We have found that 75% sand/ 25% peat appears to work well for our plants at the Conservatory. This mix is rather porous and readily drains water, thus reducing the chance of root rot. Other mixes that contained either pumice or perlite were also acceptable. I also personally like to add a layer ( to an inch) of pure sand on the top of the soil. This keeps the crown of the plant a little dryer and helps retard the growth of moss.
    I guess a primarily inorganic mixture works well, then...but not for the vfts or sundews...maybe I shouldn't grow VFTs with them? No! It MUST be done

    In a book written by an Austrailian, it says:
    A good soil mix to use is an open one, made of three parts peat, one part vermiculite, and two parts sand.
    I like that recipie a little better. How about substituting perlite for verirculite? I have both...but vermiculite is more dense.

    Must find something all are happy with!

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    Verm will hold water a lot longer. Thats the only difference I can see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDCPs View Post
    Must find something all are happy with!
    Have not found this approach to be a precursor to success ....
    All the best,
    Ron
    You must do the thing you think you cannot do. --- Eleanor Roosevelt

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