At one point during the NASC auction this year, a generous donor had offered leaf pullings from her Cephalotus "Hummer's Giant" and had accounted at how she had been surprised when a leaf struck after four or five weeks -- though she had also mentioned that another cutting took over four months . . .
Here then is the case for having extreme patience . . .
in 2005, a friend who had a particularly vigorous Cephalotus "Hummer's Giant" which consistently produced almost 8 cm (3.14") leaves, offered me some cuttings if I would, in turn, propagate a few small plants -- something which had always posed a frustration to him. It was an offer I could not refuse. He received his newly-rooted cuttings after about a month or so; those which remained under my care -- and which had been grown under identical circumstances as the others -- took a year to even strike, almost to the day. I had been sorely tempted to toss out the whole batch out of frustration on more than a few occasions.
They are finally producing their first adult pitchers this summer . . .