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    Cephalotus Propagation -- No, "Patience" . . .

    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 . . .



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    The photos still don't show.
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=6789&dateline=1352508752

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    Very nice I wish I could get my hands on one of those =)

    I just got this baby ceph yesterday but its a typical


    Can't wait for it to grow adult pitchers in maybe 1-2 years hopefully, but its on a windowsill so I hope it stay alright

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    What was the propagation method? I did try some cutting too but so far i only had succes with root divisions.
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    The plants pictured were from leaf-pullings. The important part is to get a bit of the rhizome -- white -- tissue where the leaf attaches. I get about ninety percent success rate with that. I generally use Rootone or Clonex, according to directions in a compost of peat, perlite, sand, and charcoal in a (2:1:1:1) ratio -- but everyone has their favorite.

    Pictured below is a plant I began five years back from a division of a plant I gave to someone in 1982. In the ensuing twenty some-odd years, it went from SF to LA to Padova, Italy, and back in a DHL envelope. All that arrived were several five centimeter lengths of brown rhizome in sphagnum. The one Euro coin for scale is the size of a quarter . . .


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    What was the propagation method? I did try some cutting too but so far i only had succes with root divisions.
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    Maybe the leaf pullings that i took were to small....is there a minimum size? Mine were only 1/2" long.
    I was wondering about your connections to the italians....BigBella.
    Thank you for the info!
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    The size of the leaves didn't seem to matter; rather, it was more the age. In my experience, mature vegetative leaves worked the best, followed by the pitchers (with about 50% success). It was more important getting a bit of that leaf base which has the germinal tissue and will callus or root . . .



    Quote Originally Posted by mark.ca View Post
    Maybe the leaf pullings that i took were to small....is there a minimum size? Mine were only 1/2" long.
    I was wondering about your connections to the italians....BigBella.
    Thank you for the info!
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    I've always had difficulty pulling off a leaf or a pitcher. Especially so if it's a mature one. I end up snapping the growing stem off with the pitcher. Then you see me running around doing the Indian war dance for 10 minutes in disbelief of what I've done.

    You guys have any tricks to pulling off a leaf or pitcher without breaking the whole stem into two? Granted I break it off usually I end up with something that strikes so I have two plants instead of one. But really that wasn't my intention.

    I've never tried leaves because I don't have many of them on my plants but pitchers do seem to work well. I chucked some of them in to live Moss and three out of five of them struck. Two of them within a month and the third one within three months. The funny thing is they're sitting on a tray of water which is supposed to be absolutely taboo when it comes to this species. But the tray water was there to keep my Moss alive. The pitchers went in as an afterthought and I have not tried to dig them out.

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