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Thread: Ceph- 1 year in the life....well almost!

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    Ceph- 1 year in the life....well almost!

    Last year, around my B-day, Labine (Pascal) sent me this...

    They grow up so fast! :'(

    Out of the box, and potted up. May 2009.


    Pitcher used to take the cutting


    Sometime later, almost summer 2009.


    Growing up! Summer 2009.


    A whole bunch of immature pitchers- December 2009 (bad quality)


    Another view (horrible quality) of the same day- in front of it there's a Ceph cv. Czech Giant, also from Labine...


    Early January 2010


    And what could this be?


    Inflating, early February 2010


    Today (late February 2010). After almost a year of growing in a small sealed Tupperware container, with a 13 watt desklamp for light.


    View of entire plant, obviously begging for a bigger pot....which it won't get very soon, no room left!


    Huge thanks, Labine.

    Thanks for looking!
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    very cool to see the progress! seeing the juvies become adults is a great thing. no need to change the pot though! at least not yet! from what i understand they love being cramped!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    very cool to see the progress! seeing the juvies become adults is a great thing. no need to change the pot though! at least not yet! from what i understand they love being cramped!
    Yup!

    I wasn't expecting mature pitchers for another 6 months or so. This was a nice surprise Totally worth the long wait.

    ''Patience is a virtue''
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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    very cool to see the progress! seeing the juvies become adults is a great thing. no need to change the pot though! at least not yet! from what i understand they love being cramped!
    Not claiming to be an expert, but that is the exact opposite of what I have heard. Ceph's hate to be root bound and cramped roots could cause sudden ceph syndrome.

    The reason being that ceph's have a large tap root that needs plenty of room to grow under the soil. That is why a tall pot is recommended for larger cephs.

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    didn't know that. i thought tall pots were used for drainage management...but then again, i've seen someone grow cephs in waterlogged conditions...how does that work *scratches head*

    and i thought SCS was suspected to be caused by a lack of a dormancy period for a prolonged period of time.

    hahaha---ceph cultivation techniques need to be systematized and straightened out.
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    I think I've also heard that crowding triggers certain behaviors. I get the feeling that the hard part about growing Cephs is not being scared of them and repotting regularly as needed. I've seen more examples than I can count now of people doing things that "shouldn't work" with marvelous results, mostly related to repotting and considerations for the plant's roots. Definitely not a very well understood plant. I'm having crazy good results with a cutting I recently received in conditions I was sure would be harsh even for my established Neps nearby. Somehow they're all doing swell with less-than-ideal fluorescents and about two hours of morning sun on clear days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
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    Words of wisdom. Very true for Sarracenia: Strong winds will destroy greenhouse-grown pitchers, but the next generation of pitchers will be much, much more hardy
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    Good advice seedjar.

    amp: I have heard that too about lack of dormancy. Truth is I know little about ceph cultivation and am just repeating what I have heard/read/researched.... I have managed to keep mine alive for about a year and that is about it.

    I forgot to mention very nice and healthy looking ceph petmantis. Good job! Looks better than mine actually.

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