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    Some of my new Cephalotus pitchers are developing with some white sediment looking material on them. It almost looks like a calcium deposit but the water I'm using is distilled so this cant be it. Is this normal of new pitchers or is it some fungus due to lack of circulation of air?
    I'll post a picture later tonight unless someone knows exactly what I'm referring to. Hopefully some of you more experienced Ceph growers can give me a hand. Thanks!


    Here are a few close ups of the developing pitchers and a leaf tucked in the middle, looks like a lack of air circulation seems to be the problem but I'm uncertain.





    I sprayed with diluted Consan20 on a test pitcher but it looks like it did more harm then good : /


    And I dont think I'm keeping the soil too wet either, though at night I place the pot in an enclosed aquarium with 3 frozen water bottles to bring down the temps to around 65F. Higher RH and no air circulation since the aquarium is enclosed



    And using this link as a comparison, http://www.aqph26.dsl.pipex.com/Reso...h-botrytis.jpg , it didnt look like Botrytis though I could very well be wrong since the right conditions seem to be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F R e N c H 3 z View Post
    Some of my new Cephalotus pitchers are developing with some white sediment looking material on them. It almost looks like a calcium deposit but the water I'm using is distilled so this cant be it. Is this normal of new pitchers or is it some fungus due to lack of circulation of air?
    I'll post a picture later tonight unless someone knows exactly what I'm referring to. Hopefully some of you more experienced Ceph growers can give me a hand. Thanks!
    A photo would be helpful; but lacking that, it sounds like there may be a fungal issue, perhaps Botrytis. If that is the case, I would suggest ventilating the plant, easing back on the watering, and spraying the pot with Green Light Neem II (and perhaps applying some product directly to the affected patches with a cotton swab) . . .
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    Thanks for the input BB, I was really hoping you would be one of those ppl to chime in on this. I've just added some pics.

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    I second the neem approach. I've only heard positive things about it being used on cephs.

    I sprayed mine down with it just about every month during spring and the beginning of summer to prevent pests and and any diseases. It never reacted poorly to it... Actually, I'm tempted to say I saw an increase in growth.
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    Hmm neem it is then. I'll give it a nice spray in the morning and from now on stay away from the Consan20 for Cephs. Thanks Dart, any idea as to what it actually is? Botrytis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by F R e N c H 3 z View Post
    Some of my new Cephalotus pitchers are developing with some white sediment looking material on them. It almost looks like a calcium deposit but the water I'm using is distilled so this cant be it. Is this normal of new pitchers or is it some fungus due to lack of circulation of air?
    I'll post a picture later tonight unless someone knows exactly what I'm referring to. Hopefully some of you more experienced Ceph growers can give me a hand. Thanks!

    And I dont think I'm keeping the soil too wet either, though at night I place the pot in an enclosed aquarium with 3 frozen water bottles to bring down the temps to around 65F. Higher RH and no air circulation since the aquarium is enclosed


    And using this link as a comparison, http://www.aqph26.dsl.pipex.com/Reso...h-botrytis.jpg , it didnt look like Botrytis though I could very well be wrong since the right conditions seem to be there.

    It is probably Botrytis after all. The photo on that site is a far-advanced case (think of the difference between first versus third degree burns and go from there), though it can begin as those ash-like patches.

    I would first apply the Neem II by swab to the affected areas, gently removing as much of the mold as possible and then spraying the whole pot -- compost included. Also, ventilation is a primary concern with Cephalotus. Botrytis seldom strikes under conditions of efficient air circulation . . .
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    Thanks for all the help guys. I'll make sure to apply thoroughly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by F R e N c H 3 z View Post
    Hmm neem it is then. I'll give it a nice spray in the morning and from now on stay away from the Consan20 for Cephs. Thanks Dart, any idea as to what it actually is? Botrytis?
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    It looks like it could be Botrytis, but then at the same time it could just be some harmless wispy mold. Either way, the neem should take care of it.
    (I've been fortunate enough (knock on wood) to never experience any problems with my ceph, so I don't want to actually diagnose anything.)

    If you don't see any results from the first application, try reapplying about a week later.

    Edit: Bella beat me to it.
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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