I have a Ceph in the mail currently, and wanted to get some input on my plan.
I live in St. Louis, if you're not familiar, summers get very hot, with long stretches of 90 degree weather, and a few 100+ days. I could try putting the Ceph outside, but I would rather it be indoors (at least the first one, before I get a backup) to prevent critters/animals from investigating.
I have a 'Intelligent Plant Light' http://www.glentronics.com/plant_light.htm sitting around that I was wondering if it would be useful for my Ceph. It has a 9 watt bulb, I would supplement it with a compact florescent if it needs more light. Alternatively, I could try to put it in a window, however, I don't have any actual window sill's. I suppose I could put it on a table next to a window, but that is a last resort option.
I will either be keeping the plant in whatever it ships in, or putting it in some combination of peat, sand, perlite, and LFS moss. I don't have access to live LFS, or I would top it with that. I hear these plants can be fragile when transplanting, so I would rather not have to repot until the winter.
I have been looking into African Violet self watering plants. They seem like the best fool-proof option to prevent soggy Ceph's. I have read these work well for Cephs in a few places. Anyone with personal experience?
Please give me input on my plan. Also, I have a noob's question on propagating. When should I try to get some leaf cuttings? Should I wait for the plant to get acclimated to it's environment first? Or (if I have to repot right away) should I take some pullings right away to get some backups started?