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    Should I be worried about this?

    Hi guys,

    If you remember the growth tip of my ceph blackened.

    yada yada,,,the plant basically made new offshoots and the parent one died.

    these are pitchers off the offshoots. Now this pic is from the 16th of sept. Notice the left pitcher and right pitchers FRONT RIDGE groove. Especially the black area on the pitcher on the right in that place.



    Okay! Now see this..this pic is from today.



    Now....so far...I have fed each pitcher a small betta pellet like a week ago. There is new growth as u can see a bud coming up



    Now, I am concerned about that black area. It seems to be growing as the pitcher is getting more colourful. Is this something of concern?

    thanks,

    varun

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    Whatever it is, the only thing we know for certain is that you worry too much. You really worry about every little detail about every aspect of your plants and a hobby isn't any fun if you can't relax and enjoy it.

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    Aww come on JLAP. He's just concerned for his plants. That's a good thing. But as far as their health goes, I think the Pill is right Vraev. You're plants should be doing fine, especially since they bounced back. I have had a couple baby Ceph pitchers go black on me, but new growth always sprouts back up. Also, your cephs are bound to change colors with the lighting, and I know some of mine will range from almost pure white to a very deep purple, almost black. Regardless of this tho, they always seem to be surviving. This is a hobby like the Pill said, but if you're like me, I'm sure you just want to make sure you are providing the best habitat possible. Great pics by the way. What are your cephs potted in? Good Luck!

    -Daniel

    Edit: Actually I take it all back, this isn't a hobby it's an addiction. A costly one lol. I know I can't buy enough Neps to satisfy me lol.

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    http://icps.proboards105.com/index.c...0335909&page=1

    Actually the guys at ICPS think I am subject of powdery mildew. That is the concern. I knew that the black spots were somehow like depressed patches.

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    To me, you're media looks awfully moist! I think if you switched to a media like 2/1 perlite/peat or throw some sand in even (good idea!), you'd have a more robust plant and probably a more extensive root system (I can't say because I don't know the status of it now). IME, when in doubt it's better to underwater Cephalotus. You're looks "soft" and over nurtured.

    For example, look at how rocky and dry my media looks. Excuse the bad quality since I took them in a hurry for someone else. The top is almost always dry with the media under that just moist enough, it's not on the tray system unless I go out of town, and it's in a deep clay pot. Moisture harbors fungi and other nasties, and Cephalotus are pretty hirsute plants who benefit from a healthy dose of air movement! I do have high humidity, but I've got a 24/7 breeze from the fan and the terrarium is only 50% covered.







    I've got a happy family of spring tails living in the pitchers So adorable. You can even see one of them in the last pic.

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    Actually the reason the media looks BLACK now is:

    I started a new watering system. I let the sphagnum dry out. Normally I water twice a week. Now, I let the entire sphag dry out. The top sphag was like DRY...kinda like dehydrated. Then I watered overhead...a lot of water seemed to get absorbed and finally then later I got the running water from the holes. I removed the excess.

    I started this new method just to prevent such things...fungal outbreaks. BTW...I also have a air source. I have this setup in front of a window...so basically the ceph now gets outside temps...like 75F at day and like 60F cold air at night right on the face. Humidity is like air humdity which is pretty low.

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    BTW...I would love to repot... but the guy who gave me the ceph and who grows them like weeds told me to wait. Even he uses Sphag just for rooting cuttings and thats why mine is in a sphag medium. he uses peat + sand as well.

    So yeah...I know the pot is insanely small... 3 inches diameter. I want to repot knowing that cephs like a big root system. But, I was taking his advice as he said that its better to let the plant settle and grow without disturbances for a while before doing a repotting and especially since I need to remove all the media from the roots.


    @Daniel,

    thanks bud. I was thinking that i got over the storm considering my only ceph die off. This is when I suddenly notice this patchy colouration along with some black streaks. Now some online sites say its downy mildew. BTW...its growing in pure sphagum.

    I am getting some trichoderma soon. I don't know if it can help now though.

    But yeah...I am hoping for the best.

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    Oh yes you SHOULD definitely wait. Please don't think I suggest you repot now because it wouldn't be wise.

    They really aren't hard plants at all. Mine is growing in mid-high 70's during the day (22.78 - 26.1 C) and 70 (21.1 C) on the dot at night. It'll go down to 50-55 (10 C - 12.7C) this winter and I'm sure it will love it!

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