I wonder why Cephs aren't offered here in the states in places like Home Depot or Lowe's. They aren't any harder to take care of than Nepenthes.
I think you might have some disagreement there. Cephs are notorious for being a bit finicky. They're a bit fragile when it comes to packing and shipping which is another negative in the pot plant world.
They are also very slow to mature, even from TC. I would venture to say a good 2-3 year from TC before they would be saleable.
Before i started in CP's i didn't even know that Cephs existed, so awareness would be another issue!
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I find Nepenthes harder than Cephalotus, for a time I also found D. capensis harder than Cephalotus =/ (when I had artificial lights, the Cephalotus was doing fine under them but the D. capensis wasn't making any dew, what are the odds of that haha?) I just have luck with Cephalotus, they are also my favorite CP.
I wonder why Cephs aren't offered here in the states in places like Home Depot or Lowe's. They aren't any harder to take care of than Nepenthes.I think you might have some disagreement there. Cephs are notorious for being a bit finicky.obviously the answer lies on opinion and personal experience. my ceph just opened its first mature pitcher. over the last 3 weeks or so the plant has REALLY slowed down. for me it grows with everything i have except for plants that need dormancy so is no harder/easier than any plant i have indoors. next year i plan on putting a cutting outside to see how long it would last. wish me luckI find Nepenthes harder than Cephalotus, for a time I also found D. capensis harder than Cephalotus
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But even then, especially when Cephs are considered to be slow-growing, not well-known, and finicky, I wonder why this particular company has decided that they're worth selling on the mass market. I also wonder if they're more expensive than your typical sundew or pitcher plant in a hardware store.
I think they'd make good retail plants. They'd die so much faster than Dionaea so they could be replaced faster, too.
At the same time they don't move, so the novelty feature is lost.
I have ceph seedlings and they are growing slow for me...I don't think that a person buying one from a home depot or lowes, which are 10/1 first time growers would know what they are or how to grow them. I don't think they would make good department store plants personally...
When you really sit down and think about it, CPs make horrible retail plants in general. Just about everyone who buys them (at least for the first time) has no idea how to care for them and ends up killing the plant, whether it's a sundew or a Ceph.
So I say: Bring Cephs to Home Depot! Woo!
That is a valid point...