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Thread: Cephalotus Flower Stalk or Deformity?

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    Cephalotus Flower Stalk or Deformity?

    My Cephalotus recently lost 2-3 pitchers, and has put 3 in their place, it's starting to clump. Amongst this clump I'm noticing a lot of things I haven't seen before, smaller mature pitchers sort of hidden, a few non-carnivorous green leaves below it all, and, something else.

    I noticed a very, very fuzzy knob poking out amongst the clump, 150% more fuzzier than the most fuzzy thing my plant has produced, and, it has 3 very, very, very tiny non-carnivorous looking leaves going around it in a circle. Does this sound like a flower stalk? Or a deformation? Or a unusually furry pitcher? Honestly, waiting a week or two more would yield somewhat better results but I'd like to know what you think. I hear flower stalks on Cephalotus are rare? So, I don't know why my Cephalotus I've had for almost 1.5 years decided to suddenly form a flower stalk. It had just switched to mature pitchers when I got it and it had only 5. Now it's a clump, in a 5 inch pot as I got it (I plan to re-pot it at the "2 year mark", just to give the roots more space I guess, or, should I wait till year 3?), on a slight mound, with peat and perlite mix. I let it get airy-dry before giving the soil a small flood in order to get all the soil a good bit damp, the plant doesn't seem to mind this cycle, in fact, it seems to like it? (I do that mainly to help prevent root-rot, I'm no techno-genius but I always thought things need to be quite wet, and for a long while for things to rot) Nothing special. Normal room humidity (which, it's very happy with) and in a very well lit window and it has red pitchers (in the summer, the pitchers are flushed in pink/light red, but, in the winter they're more fiery red, probably the reflection of the snow on the roof?). Should I be proud my plant is doing this? Or concerned as I may have to cut it off? Or should I be both? Hmm. Re-reading what I put on it's conditions would surprise even me if I heard that from someone! But, it's doing very good, so...

    I really hope it isn't flowering... I guess. Taking care of these things can be so tedious, and, I heard that flowering makes the slow plant grow even slower (mine grows faster than people say Cephalotus say, or, so it seems, I check on it every 2 days or so). And I'm absolutely no good with seed. It's a German Giant clone, It has 1.5 inch pitchers (well, the biggest is about 1.5 inch, from the tip of the hood to the toe of the pitcher, the average pitcher is 1-1.3 inches. The bigger pitchers seem to come in the summer, but, they're not as colorful, and the more colorful, vibrant pitchers are usually a bit smaller than the summer ones)

    I'd take a picture, not now though, I'm about to hit the sack. Perhaps tomorrow.

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    It sounds like your ceph is producing a offshoot.
    pics please? and im no ceph expert so i dont know! but thats what i think it is
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    Well, if it is trying to throw out a flower stalk; simply cut it off and save your Ceph some energy.

    That's what I did with mine, I removed two stalks at once.
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    nah just let it flower this one time so you can see what they look like, get seed, and either trade it away or put it in the NASC auction!
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    Yeah, let it flower once so you can see what it looks like, it's pretty cool. The plant is so low and the flower stalk is extremely tall.
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    Well I just happen to be a Super Delegate, and my official vote is for "Chop-The-Flower".




    Anywho, I happen to cut all flower stalks on all my CP's now. VFT's, pings, dews, sarrs and cephs.

    Here's what a Ceph flower looks like: (not my photo, credit to original owner/photographer)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fryster View Post
    Anywho, I happen to cut all flower stalks on all my CP's now. pings, dews, sarrs

    I don't think you need to, especially sarrs.
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    Well, I'm sure it's not a pitcher. The little "tiny non carnivorous leaves" around it make it look very, very different. I'll wait a bit longer until I post a picture because at this point I don't think you could tell.
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