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    Let's positive thinking! seedjar's Avatar
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    So, I have a question. In the past few months several of my older Ceph pitchers wilted away simultaneously, after a stint of no new growth. I thought it might be sudden death due to root stress so I gave the container better drainage and prepared for the worst. It seems to be putting out new growth again, but the petioles of the pitcher leaves are much longer; the larger pitchers are on petioles almost an inch long. It's a clone from a mature plant taken in August '03, so is this just part of its mature growth pattern, or a sign of stress? Before this latest flush of leaves my plant had always been rather compact, although the pitchers appeared to be of adult size for a typical specimen. I haven't changed my setup in any significant ways, besides placing the pot on gravel for better drainage as mentioned.
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    That's tears it! I'm buying a ceph!

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    I have a soil question.
    Where can i get silica sand/sand that is appropriate for cps? I've looked everywhere but can't find it...

    and If I can't, could I substitute perlite for cephalotus?

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    Go to a place that sells swimming pools. The pool filter sand is pure silica sand. That is where I bought my sand and have had no troubles.

    I have used the following soil mixes for cephs, and have not seen any advantages over the other. (unless you consider that the sand mixes are heavier.)

    equal parts: perlite / peat moss / LFS.

    equal parts: sand / peat moss


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    I'm with elgecko with pool filter sand, but I also asked questions at Home Depot about sand being sold in Building Materials:

    Sand Research

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    thanks, never would have thought of trying a swimming pool place.
    home depot sand and my plants really aren't good friends

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    How about info on light. Full sun, shade partial or what? also should it sit in water? if so How deep for a 4" pot? For winter growth how close to the lights?

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    full sun will make small read/purple pitchers. shade will make "big" green ones, and part sun will make nice sized pitchers with some purple coloration.

    i let mine sit in a half inch of water and refill when it evaoprates. mines in a 4 inch pot.

    i keep mine the same distance from the lights all year.

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