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    Wow! I'm so excited - can't wait to get mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (nepenthes gracilis @ June 07 2006,7:00)]WHat is everyone's view on letting them flower? I've seen ceph flowers and I could careless but are the seeds worth getting or a pain in the **** to sprout?
    Bob Z had no issues w/ germination.

    If nothing else, the seeds have fewer restrictions on shipping to other countries to share w/ non-USA friends...
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (elgecko @ June 07 2006,9:33)]I'm going to try one of my cuttings from my typical in a large pot and see how the plant does.
    Steve, that is exactly what I am currently doing with what is left from the plant you gave me 3 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Scarlett @ June 07 2006,8:31)]jimscott - I am new to Carnivorous plants. Started out with a VFT and it just exploded from there. I have various Nepenthes, VFT's and Saraccia's. The Cephalotus I ordered will be my first one - hopefully I'll be able to keep it alive.
    As a caveat, many of us have experienced a "sudden death" phenomenon. That's what happened to mine, from the plant that Elgecko gave me, after 1.5 years of doing fine. Whenever "winter leaves" appear, I pull them and start new plants, as a backup.

    No sundews, butterworts or bladderworts?

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    Hey Bill,
    Is that the seedling I gave you? It looks like it is doing just fine.
    One thing, I usually remove that long stringy type moss that grows
    around the plant. If it gets real thick it tends to choke the plants.
    Once a year In my tanks I usually have to remove the whole top layer
    about an inch deep and replace with fresh medium. It can get very thick
    like a carpet and new stolens have a tuff time pushing threw it.
    Something to think about.
    Later.
    Jeff

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    Cephalotus info,

    Seeds.

    Cephalotus seeds are fun to grow if you have the patience.
    I started a few hundred of them in standard size flats with a few inches of medium and a humidity dome. I kept it cool and within 3 months the first started germinating. A year later there were a few still germinating. Once germinated I would pluck them out with a toothpick and pot up in small
    pots always keeping a humidity dome over them. I would just grow them under fluoresent lights in a bedroom at normal room temp. In under two years I have a few that are adult size. It takes a long time and is very tedious but worth it.

    Cuttings,

    Cuttings on the other hand are much easier to do. It is something that you should do every year during the cooler months. A lot can happen during the year to your plants, and if you don't have cuttings to back things up you could be in deep trouble. I have had very large plants that would fill a 10 inch pot and by the time I knew something was wrong the plant was toast from scale. I've had spider mites attack them. Outside i've had Caterpillers and even a wild turkey ate some of the pitchers on one of my Hummers giant plants. Cephalotus plants can be tuff at times, you have good and bad years, but cuttings will almost always get you threw.
    Everybody has there own way of taking cuttings, but what works for me is to take a good size leaf or pitcher snap it off making sure you have a bit of the white base to it. Then I will dip the end in Rootone (liquid) for like 5 or 10 seconds. Sometimes I use tupperwhare bowls filled with chopped live sphagnum moss. Put your cuttings in with the end just covered with moss and put a clear lid on. I put them under fluorescent lights and thats it. In a few months you have new plants to pot up.
    I have bounced back more than once from cuttings, and you should always have a few going just incase.

    Be careful about misting plants that are grown indoors in pots. If you don't have enough air movement you could have rot problems down the road. As long as the crown has a chance to dry out it should be ok.

    It's a good idea to let your cephs have there own growing space. The above problems that I had in the past, (scale and spider mites) came from mixing my ceph plants in with orchids that I got from here and there. Not a good thing.

    15+ years with these plants, and still learning.

    Later
    Jeff M.

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    Wups!
    The liquid rooting hormone I use for cuttings is called Dip N Grow. (Not Rootone). I must be tired.
    Jeff

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    Thanks for the info Jeff. I use a ziplock bag with moist, shredded LFS in it to root cuttings (all one of them lol). I didn't use rooting hormone though. The cutting did root and I've transplanted into 3" pot with a cover over it.

    Have you ever tried sprouting seeds in water?
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