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    Ceph humidity issue

    Hi guys,

    I woke up this morning and suddenly saw the new adult pitcher opening.

    However, a lot of things crossed my mind:

    - An old pitcher which was there since I got the plant...that was kinda under a LEAF is still nice and fresh
    - 2 new pitchers that formed later had dried up

    Based on that i figured...of course...the lids are open....humid air is escaping.
    So before heading to class...i immediately made a sacrifice of my 4 L bottle to give my ceph a dome.

    Check this out







    Basically a 4L bottle cut at the top. I cut off the mouth peice of the bottle.

    Instead of misting the plant...I can mist the plastic so that the plant remains dry without compromising the humidity.

    Should I be expecting to loose any pitchers?

    Do u think this is wise? I noticed that only the open new pitchers last max a month or so. The old one under the leaf which has a nice micro environment for itself is still here after like 3 months.

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    hmm....... What do I do?? What do I do?? This is the first real pitcher on my plant. I do not want it to go into stress now. I am just doing this as I noticed that low humidity makes the plant loose its pitchers faster than with higher humidity. The temp I just noted is like 85F inside the dome as it is pretty close to the light. However, the humidity is easily around 70% + .


    thanks,

    varun

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    Looks like an Easter Basket with your improvised dome. Where are the marshmallow chickies and chocolate bunnies?
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    lol! the ceph pitchers are the marshmellows.

    I just cut open like a cm^2 squares in the side to allow movement of air.

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    FWIW, ive always kept mine around 40-60%RH and the pitchers last for many months

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    hmmm.... dammit....what do I do now? leavve it like this? or remove the dome?

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    personally, I would remove the dome... unless you are having to acclimate them you're inviting trouble IMHO

    I have never covered mine, but of course ymmv

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    I guess it has already acclaimatised to the low humidity till now. I mean for all this time...the plant was open like that. I am just trying the dome becos i don't want it to loose these new pitchers due to low humidity.

    but watch this:

    this guy says high humidity is required:

    http://buckeyecarnivores.com/cephalo...licularis.html

    also this site;

    http://www.aqph26.dsl.pipex.com/cephalotusfollin.html

    they say its good for optimum growth.

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    High humidity and no air movement, bad for growth ! The plant looks healthy enough I'd take the dome off and just leave it alone. This is one plant genus that grows slooooow. You can sometimes do more harm by fiddling with them than just leaving them alone and watching !
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