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    Cephalotus pitcher life span...

    I know this has been asked before for Nepenthes, but what about Cephalotus?

    Based on your experience with this plant, how long is the average life span for a adult pitcher? and how long will be on a young one?

    N. Albomarginata, N. Ampullaria
    N. Bellii, N. Bicalcarata, N. Rafflesiana
    N. Sanguinea (Orange Pitcher), Cephalotus Follicularis
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    If healthy....5-6 months. For me at least.

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    ...too long to keep track of
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    well had a plant for 9 months and it did not drop pitchers while i had it, only thing it did was grew more, i would wonder ifthese suffer from same sorta thing at the vft ,where if they get too much food in a trap it will die off.
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    I have had mature Cephalotus -- particularly the larger cultivars -- keep their adult pitchers (also the occasional juveniles) for well over a year, only to be replaced by new leaves that following Fall; those grown consistently under higher Tb conditions tended to have shorter pitcher life-spans and more frequent wholesale die-backs in my experience.

    The "vegetative" non-carnivorous leaves can last a couple of years at least, judging how long they have remained after callusing, rooting, and producing new plants.

    The large pitcher in the photo below -- taken as it reached maturation in Spring 2007 -- is currently over fifteen months old, and is only now looking a bit worse for wear . . .



    My advice to those desiring longer-lasting plants and pitcher leaves is to simply grow Cephalotus as you would a highland Nepenthes -- reasonably warm days (not exceeding 25˚C too terribly often) and cool nights . . .
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    Since the pitchers take months to develop (at least for me), I would hope they last a long time.
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    Totally agree with bigbella. my ceph pitchers have lasted almost for an year now and the only reason is due to the low temps in my basement.

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    mmm...

    I ask because my ceph just loose a couple of pitchers after maybe 2 or 3 months, I can see a group of new ones growing but I wasn't sure how long on average the pitchers life span is on cephalotus and I get kind of worried...

    N. Albomarginata, N. Ampullaria
    N. Bellii, N. Bicalcarata, N. Rafflesiana
    N. Sanguinea (Orange Pitcher), Cephalotus Follicularis
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