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    My Ceph growing experiences at the equator

    Mildew - Cephs kept in conditions of low light, too humid and stagnant air

    Chemical burns - Cephs fried with overdose of what I deemed as safe fertiliser

    Mealybugs and scales - Cephs with yellowing leaves which I ignored for several weeks

    ...all of which I have to admit is a lack of cultivation knowledge rather than the plant being fussy or difficult.

    In bright indirect light and getting the afternoon heat of 33C, the largest pitcher to date is 1.5".




    I am keeping a close watch on this pot of Cephs as I push its limit to grow at the balcony, in year round lowland conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy View Post
    Mildew - Cephs kept in conditions of low light, too humid and stagnant air

    Chemical burns - Cephs fried with overdose of what I deemed as safe fertiliser

    Mealybugs and scales - Cephs with yellowing leaves which I ignored for several weeks

    ...all of which I have to admit is a lack of cultivation knowledge rather than the plant being fussy or difficult.

    In bright indirect light and getting the afternoon heat of 33C, the largest pitcher to date is 1.5".

    I am keeping a close watch on this pot of Cephs as I push its limit to grow at the balcony, in year round lowland conditions.
    Nice looking plants you have there. I too have done experiments over the years, growing Cephalotus in a number of different environmnents, though cultivating them under equatorial sun is something I cannot claim.

    A far as the fertilizers are concerned, I've always had good results with 1/4 strength 30:10:10 orchid fertilzer, applied as a foliar feed twice-monthly either in the evening or very early morning -- to avoid burns or spotting of the leaves, etc.

    Lately, on the advice of one very successful grower, I even have tried Hikari Cichlid Staple mini-fish pellets dropped into the pitchers biweekly with, so-far, good results . . .
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    Thanks, BigBella for all the tips.

    It wasn't wasy growing this species without some significant night drop or cooling. I was really pushing my luck this year with the growing area hitting 35C (95C) on certain days. I got the plant in October last year when the weather is cooler and more humid. Even then at 25C (77F), it is considered warm for most growers here. LOL
    Cindy

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