Hehe That "he" was a "she"....me.At one point during the NASC auction this year, a generous donor had offered leaf pullings from his Cephalotus "Hummer's Giant" and had accounted at how he had been surprised when a leaf struck after four or five weeks -- though he had mentioned that another cutting took over four months . . .
Yep...'tis true. Two leaf pulls at exactly the same time grown in exactly the same pot/conditions...VERY different strike rate.
Even more odd...after a looooooooong time, I finally removed the totally shriveled, blackened parent leaf from one of the young plants. I thought I threw it out but apparently I just tossed it aside. Image my shock when I saw another speck of green in my "nursery". A magnifying glass revealed the seemingly dead leaf struck on its own! I even tugged on the leaf to see if maybe the new baby was a runner...but nope. It was firmly anchored to the "dead" black leaf. Imagine that! I got a third plant purely by accident.
Cephs are mercurial critters...