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    Yes, that sounds fine but don't overly wet the plant itself, the soil, or its crown for the time being -- until you see some new growth . . .
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    From the pictures, it looks like that soil is very dry. You might want to add a little more water to the soil
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    Cephs are tougher then they're made out to be (like Darlingtonia).

    Keep it in a tray of water, give up on the misting, and keep it sunny and warm.

    Looks like the old pitchers have just died from old age. I can see plenty of new growth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexis View Post
    Cephs are tougher then they're made out to be (like Darlingtonia).
    Agree. (except for the Darlingtonia part - killed every one I tried)
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    Keep it in a tray of water, give up on the misting, and keep it sunny and warm.
    Disagree. Personally I don't like to keep them sitting in water... Can't say I've had any issues with it (sometimes the outside ones get days of rain & stay wet) but just don't like to keep plants in stagnant water ....
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    Looks like the old pitchers have just died from old age. I can see plenty of new growth.
    Agree. It appears that there a bunch of tiny new pitchers coming out. No worries ....
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    Indychus ,

    What is your mix like i.e. proportion? From the pics the surface of the media looks way too dry.

    Also, how often do you water the plant?
    Cindy

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    Quote:
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    Cephs are tougher then they're made out to be (like Darlingtonia).
    Agree. (except for the Darlingtonia part - killed every one I tried)
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    Keep it in a tray of water, give up on the misting, and keep it sunny and warm.
    Disagree. Personally I don't like to keep them sitting in water... Can't say I've had any issues with it (sometimes the outside ones get days of rain & stay wet) but just don't like to keep plants in stagnant water ....
    Well, there's usually no 'best' way and everybody has their own growing methods, but I'd found darlingtonia is as happy as larry in hot conditions. And my ceph permanently sits in 3cm of water throughout the growing season. Big pots may help in both instances though.

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    Alexis, thanks for agreeing to the disagreement.

    On the same note, conditions in which CPs are grown are relative. Hot temperate environments is not the same as hot tropical environments. Hot can be 95F in the day but 70F in the night...but hot can also can be 95F in the day and 90F in the night. That 20F temperature difference can decide which species thrives or dies.

    The same goes for sitting pots in water trays. A 10" tall pot in 3" water is different from a 5" pot in 3" water. A wide water tray is different from a narrow water tray. Permanently sitting in stagnant water is different from a varying water table.

    Sometimes what I wish from experienced growers is that they are more specific and detailed when describing the factors/conditions. It takes a lot of guess work out of growing a plant well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy View Post
    Indychus ,

    What is your mix like i.e. proportion? From the pics the surface of the media looks way too dry.

    Also, how often do you water the plant?
    not sure of the mix, it's whatever andrew had it potted in when I bought it.

    as far as the watering, I was watering with a spray bottle once every few days because I didn't want to cause root rot. I have begun to water it more often as it did seem to be pretty dry, but I still don't want to put in in a watering tray. it looks a lot better since I trimmed all the dead stuff off, and I think it's strating to inflate a new pitcher.
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