Experience is by far the best teacher, which is exactly why it is best to get a good amount of it BEFORE attempting some of the more delicate plants to try to grow. A good understanding of growing plants in general, goes a long way, and understanding plants well does not come from asking a bunch of people on a forum on how to do something.
So many people rely on this forum and others, in order to learn how to grow CP's, and that is no way to get a real good understanding of plants and their needs.
Plants are living things, and not just an object to possess. (I do hope some of the kids and new growers here are able to learn from what is happening here to others.) Here is a fine example:
My dying Cephalotus...
Learn about growing these plants before actually subjecting one to the wrong environment (and then randomly doing the wrong thing with the hopes that something is right and will help it).
Sorry to sound a bit aggravated, but I see more and more people (kids mostly, with lots of Mom's money to spend) who buy some of the more rare/delicate/expensive plants and animals, and then don't even remotely provide the environment they need to thrive in.
My wife and I recently saw enough plants, lizards and other exotic plants and animals, suffering under the care of people who never even bothered to find out how to take care of them in the first place. Too many times plant and animal husbandry is about how to get something we want, for our own enjoyment and satisfaction, and not to even consider that when we buy a plant or an animal, that we are now responsible for another life form, ...and that we are now accountable for its needs, survival and for providing what it needs and wants, for it to thrive into the future.
Growing plants well takes patience, and the best way to get that is to learn to grow them... read, study, try some easy to grow plants, keep growing and trying, and work your way up to some of the plants that are "more complicated in their needs".
This is what will give you a good understanding of plants as well as the green thumb to understand their language, needs and how to grow them!
Good Luck all. And have a good Holiday!