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    Thinking of getting a Ceph

    im thinking of getting an "albany" ceph. This will be my first ceph and Im wondering if this is a good one to start with or if there are any suggestions.

    I have a 10g tank that I keep the plants that require humidty in, the humidity sits at around 50% during the day/when the lamp is on.

    thanks!

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    I believe that there is only one Cephalotus even though there are different varieties.

    Check your other conditions as well: Temps, light, and humidity. If you can meet the condition range, which from what I understand is quite a broad range, then I say get it.
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    Albany is the region where Cephalotus hails from, I believe. You may not need the tank - I grew mine in a terrarium for years and am now having a much easier time growing it as a well-lit houseplant.
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    They do pretty well at a window sill. I keep mine in a mix of sand and peat, with LFS on top. Also recommended is that the soil be mounded to keep the crown from being too wet. I do water from over top, a couple few times a week. This plant, like the D. adelae and P. primuliflora, can also go downhill rather suddenly. I always encourage the taking "winter leaf" cuttings as backups.






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    Mine grows about as easily as an african violet on a windowsill in the bathroom, and recently put out a quarter-size pitcher! (The rest are the size of pinheads). THANK YOU! a certain very generous person (you know who you are) Here are all the general tips I've found by searching the forums:
    - water around the perimeter of the pot rather than in the center to help prevent rot
    - have the plant on a little "mound in the center of the pot (will eventually happen if you do the above).
    - cooler nights and mornings help production of larger pitchers (I kept the window open in the fall, now it's too cold...)
    - The general consensus is this plant does not go into dormancy.
    - Will tolerate low light, but intense light levels will give you those beautiful maroon pitchers
    - also tolerant of low humidity -- doesn't seem to love high humidity as much as the neps.
    - water when the top of the soil appears lighter
    - a peat/perlite/sand mix is a decent general mix, but LFS (live, usually) is best for rooting cuttings
    Hope this helps
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    That helps a bunch guys I think here soon, Im going to get one. Im going to gather the soil stuff that is needed...I think all I need is some sand and get that all ready before I get one.

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    I'm growing mine in a west-facing window like a regular houseplant.

    I water it lightly once a week just as if it were a Pothos, a Philodendron or a Dracaena.

    The window sill can get down to 60F in the winter, and so far my Ceph is not complaining.
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