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    Another Struggling Cephalotus...

    I have a 3 year old + cephalotus that has been dying back a lot. I keep it in a 10 gallon tank exactly 9 inches from 2 florescent tubes. It gets a little sun every now and then. I keep it on a tray of wet soil and keep soaking that soil so the plant gets water from that. The top of the tank has a piece of glass over it to keep the humidity up. The gap between the glass and the sides of the tank it about 2 and a half inches on both sides.
    It's not happy.

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    I like the last one a lot! What is it?

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    Hi J.P.,

    It is a Ventricosa x Inermis.

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    I think the soil could be too wet for the ceph I have never grown one before though.
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    Too wet! and maybe too humid too. They need air circulation...
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    in addition to that it could be a winter phase but i doubt it...
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    Did you recently change its conditions? I have a pot of Cephs that died back just like yours, and it was after I upped the lighting and the temperature. It's slowly bouncing back now. It maybe also be a moisture issue. I let my Cephs dry out slightly between waterings to avoid root rot.

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    I agree -

    It looks too wet to me. When I water my cephs, I only water around the perimeter of the pot and NOT anywhere near the crown. I also feed them every once in a while with small fish food pellets.

    Right now, I have a ceph growing in a windowsill (ieut of a tank) and it is doing fine and putting out nice big juicy leaves. That's the first step to getting pitchers. It gets a few hours of dappled sunlight each day. If you were to move yours, don't pop it in to the sun right away.....let it acclimate in a shadier part of the window first.

    I'm in Zone 5 and we have relatively cool summers here. After speaking with Jmatt, last year I tried growing a couple of cephs outside (spring, summer, fall). They were in a mostly shady spot and did VERY well. They both flowered late summer.

    I do have cephs in a tank under lights. The lid is gapped about an inch on both ends so there is air circulation. The lights are on about 17 hours a day.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck!!

    Bill

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