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    I'm no Ceph expert, but my Ceph takes months to open new pitchers. They start out small and get bigger and bigger until you think they're fully grown, and then they take about two more months to get just a tiny bit bigger, and then, maybe, they open. I wouldn't worry about it. Some will eventually open. If the plant is growing and coloring then it sounds happy enough. Working with the humidity (or perhaps the temp) couldn't hurt, either.
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    I have a ceph from them and the reason the lids aren't open are because they're juvenile tissue-cultured plants. They're very nice plants but you need to give them some time to mature.
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    Ah, thanks chloroplast. That makes a lot of sense.

    When did you get yours?

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    I got my first one two months ago, but it started rotting after only a few days and eventually died of crown rot after 2 weeks. I still don't quite know why because I provided it with the correct environmental conditions and I've always been VERY VERY happy with plants from Richard/Mike. Sometimes these things happen, especially in young tissue cultured plants.

    I acquired my second one at the NECPS show (a few days ago). I transplanted it into LFS to reduce the chance of fungal infection. So far so good and we'll see how it goes.
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    Ya think they are not opening their mouths because they are thinking about what to say????????? LOL!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Ya think they are not opening their mouths because they are thinking about what to say?[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
    Hehe. My plants don't talk....they scream!
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    Another reason that ceph. lids will not open some of the time is because there is not enought humidity. I've seen pitchers that were completely open and flipped back because of an enenvironment with very high humidity, but I don't think that that's the case because cephs can grow in a relative humidity of 50%. When the humidity goes down the traps close to retain moisture.

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    Well here's an update:

    I think it was just a youth-related problem. My clump of Cephs have started putting out much bigger pitchers that all have open mouths, so I'm assuming the problem is solved now.

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