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Thread: Rapidly yellowing older pitchers normal on new Ceph?

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    Rapidly yellowing older pitchers normal on new Ceph?

    I just got a Cephalotus on Thursday and today I notice the older leaves and pitchers are yellowing. I know Neps do this when they get moved to a new home so is it common for Cephs too?

    Here's how it looks today:


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    Very common.....usually you loose a some pitchers after a few days in the mail.
    Your plant looks great and i don't see why you should worry about anything...assuming you know what you have to do with it to keep it alive.
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    Groovy! I had a Ceph some years ago, it had lasted about 2 years and then went to mush. I was hoping to top two years this time, not cut it back to two days!

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    It is very common for Cephalotus to lose a few leaves in transit. My suggestion would be to allow the plant to acclimate to its new surroundings and to appreciate that that may take some time. Back off on any over-watering; avoid getting the crown of the plant wet, and give it -- most importantly -- ample ventilation. Also, replacing a bit of the fluid in the pitchers (lost during shipping) may prevent wilting and / or leaf loss.

    I know of no one who has lost a Cephalotus following that method of cultivation . . .
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    2 years is pretty good...so you know what to do and not to do. I have mine for 3 years now. I don't do anything to them but separating when they get too big. If you leave them alone and keep the environment stable they will grow just fine.
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    May I break in with a related question?

    When you mention overwatering, what is considered too much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Stinkpot View Post
    May I break in with a related question?

    When you mention overwatering, what is considered too much?
    The soil for Cephalotus should always remain moist (never allowed to dry out completely), though never saturated; and standing water should never be present. The compost, whichever you choose, should be -- above all -- quick-draining. Many of my plants have a layer of live sphagnum to increase local humidity, avoid splashing, maintain moisture, and to "crowd-out" undesirable elements -- molds, fungi, etc . . .
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    Uh, oh.
    I think I found the problem... gotta go fix that tomorrow morning.


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