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Thread: HELP! Cephalotus looking very poor!

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    HELP! Cephalotus looking very poor!

    Hey guys, I have a very small ceph that I got from andrew a while ago. It is growing in my sunroom, where temps stay between 65-85F most of the time, and humidity is usually around 50-65%. I do not have it in a tray, I mist it every other day. I read that cephs suffer from root rot very easily, so I have been trying not to over water it.

    The plant was looking very good, and produced a few new pitchers until about 2 weeks ago. Now all of the pitchers are brown and dried-up looking, although the stem of the plant still looks green and vibrant. It seems to have stopped growing also. I can get some pics if it will help. Any advice is appreciated.
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    Yes, we need pics to see what's wrong. Also, try and get a picture of the growing area too.

    Did you transplant it or anything? It might be in some shock from growing in a new location
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    Pics would help yes.
    but you say your misting it?
    Cephs don't exactly enjoy having their crowns wet 24/7....could be crown rot

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    It could simply be a minor die-back, since Cephalotus, regardless of size, are occasionally prone to it (though photos would be of help). It is encouaging that you mentioned that the plant remains partly green. I would simply give it some time, avoid over-watering at all costs, and let the finicky little plant do its thing.

    My advice with these plants have always been not to **** with them. Obsess over them and they will die . . .
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    Once I received the plant, it died back a little, but after a week or so, it started to produce new pitchers and I figured it was acclimated to it's new environment. I have not repotted it, so It's planted in whatever andrew had it in... appears to be sand/perlite/lfs maybe... here's a few pics, I suck at macro photography, so excuse the poor pics



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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    Pics would help yes.
    but you say your misting it?
    Cephs don't exactly enjoy having their crowns wet 24/7....could be crown rot
    I'm not misting it with a misting system or anything, just a small spray bottle. I try to avoid spraying the pitchers, I just try to dampen the surrounding soil.
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    I would immediately trim off the dead leaves, which are prone to develop or harbor fungus and let the plant grow back. Cephalotus does nothing quickly, so you should be as patient as possible . . .
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    ok, i trimmed it up and got all of the dead stuff off. should i just keep doing what I've been doing?
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