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Thread: Should I buy another Cephalotus?

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    i never water my ceph (just spray the soil surface when it looks bone-dry), use a peat and sand mix, (for my czech giant Iuse a peat and perlite mix) and keep it in 90--95% humidity, under a 9 watt bulb. it grows like crazy.

    if you think you'll kill it because of low light, get better light. if you think you'll kill it because of overwatering, don't overwater.
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    I treat my cephalotus just like my mexican pings... and it is thriving. The biggest mistake people make is overwatering it. I also have found that it is better to ignore the plant than to obsess over it.

    Something to consider is that you can pick up several other carnivorous plants for the price of one smaller cephalotus.

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    I think another mistake I made was that I watered from the top, not the bottom.
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    I don't think it really matters if you top water or not. I get my Ceph's crown wet a lot, and nothing happens.
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    the more you neglect it, the better it will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nepfreak View Post
    the more you neglect it, the better it will do.
    Lol, why is that so true for so many plants? I keep my Ceph in a terrarium, gets to 95 degrees in there in the summer. I also top water, but nothing seems to kill it, it is actually thriving.
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    I agree with the others in that I don't know if that matters. The good thing is that you are learning and taking notes of what to do and what not to do. It's a learning process. Enjoy the ride even if it is a bit expensive

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    I think another mistake I made was that I watered from the top, not the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    I think another mistake I made was that I watered from the top, not the bottom.
    I water two of my cephs via the tray method with about 1 or 2 inches of water at a time after the tray dries up for a day or two. These two plants are in tall solo cups, which I think helps in preventing any type of root/crown rot. (They've been treated like this for about a year)

    My third plant, the mother plant, I have been watering from the top, around the crowns, for about 2 years. However, I did just experience a large amount of die back with this particular plant (either CSDS or lack of water when I went on vacation), so I've come to the conclusion that the tray method I mentioned above is the safer and easier way to go.

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