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    I've had Cephs growing in my lowland chamber for about 6 months. They were just some leaf cuttings I wanted to torture test. They are pretty small (typical) but they are growing and seem to be doing fine.

    Conditions in that chamber are mid 70's at night right on up to 90-100 during the day. Humidity stays constant at around 80%. The neps (especially the Bical) LOVE it in there. But I can barely breath in that thing.
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    Conditions in that chamber are mid 70's at night right on up to 90-100 during the day. Humidity stays constant at around 80%. The neps (especially the Bical) LOVE it in there. But I can barely breath in that thing.
    Wait till you step into N. bicalcarata paradise in the wild.

    Thanks, everyone for your input. I have been refusing to take the extra step to provide cooling for my Cephs because it would mean a pretty expensive set-up. They are doing well for me in hot conditions but it's just that they are slower to get large.
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    Wow thanks for starting this post Cindy as i'm thinking of getting one

    So do you guys find your Cephs go ok and tolerate warm temps fine? I'm in a warm tropical climate and always read Cephs suffered with heat but now i know this isn't true and that it's severe cold they can't handle so i might just grow cephs.

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    I would take a look at the online weather patterns in SW Australia, near Albany -- where it seldom gets too hot even in summer for insight into growing them.

    Mine are generally grown in the 70s range though occasionally it will reach eighty or so. I find that cooler nights benefit these plants. I have grown them under hotter conditions in years past, but have definitely had better results with more temperate Tbs -- larger, more long-lived pitchers, even if they are not quite as colorful. I can always expose them to more sun in the Fall . . .


    The red coloration of the pitchers and vegetative leaves comes from the production of anthocyanin -- a red pigment commonly found in most plants. Some Cephalotus clones simply don't produce the same amount as others; some of my plants are dark red, while neighboring plants are lime green. Go figure . . .


    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy View Post
    Anyone who grows your Cephs in hot conditons year round?

    Here is what I observed from growers who started with the cultivation at the same time with TC plants. I live in Singapore with year round temperatures between 75degF and 92degF.

    1. Cephs in cooler conditions tend to produce larger pitchers and the pitchers mature earlier. The plants look more sparse since most of the time, they are only made up of a single stem. Cooler temperatures can come in the form of air-conditioning at night or air-conditioning for the entire day.

    2. Cephs in uniformly hotter conditions i.e. hot during day as well as night, tend to produce multiple offshoots, resulting in a large clump of smaller pitchers.

    I noticed that humidity doesn't play a part in the size of the pitchers since the growers who keep them in air-conditioning do not have them covered or in a terrarium.

    Please share your experiences. Thanks!

    Btw, why do Cephs turn red? I have got plants side by side in different pots...one pot has got red pitchers but not the other. The plants are of the same age.
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    Ok, I have warm, but not humid. I live the desert city of Palm Springs. Our temps in summer reach 130F with about 15-30% humidity. Because of this, our indoor temps are still around 80F in the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feedme View Post
    Ok, I have warm, but not humid. I live the desert city of Palm Springs. Our temps in summer reach 130F with about 15-30% humidity. Because of this, our indoor temps are still around 80F in the summer.
    Yeah, I know Palm Springs well. Last time I visited from the SF area, it was 117 degrees in the shade with humidity in the teens -- and the soles of my running shoes were sticking to the macadam. Just set up a humidity tray if the plants are not already in a terrarium. Set the pots on a layer of small pebbles or shallow water (as I do) and evaporation will do the rest; also a layer of live sphagnum in the pots will keep the humidity fairly high around the evil little plants . . .
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    just as a point, I am growing cephs in two conditions. One out on my patio here in Atlanta with my temperate plants and so far no problem.

    The rest are inside under lights, but no terrarium and the AC is on at night. I can't even begin to guess what the humidity is like. Those are doing fine also.
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    during my last summer I lived in a non air conditioned house and the temps inside used to be around 80 - 90F during day with maybe high 70s at night. My ceph almost died due to the heat and then came back. THis time I am living back at my parents house in the basement and the temps are max 70 or around 68F during day with max 60F at night which can sometimes be around 55F as well as everything is on the floor of the basement. Nevertheless my highland neps, cephs are loving the low temps and just doing their own thing. Almost for an year..I never had seen my ceph with more than 4 or 5 pitchers at once. Pitcher life was almost like 2 months only. Now pitchers since october are still on the plant and the plant has 11 pitchers with 5 more on the way. As u can see..I totally say that cephs prefer highland conditions.

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