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    Cephalotus can 'sulk' a little when put in a new environment. It's not unusual to lose a few pitchers on a plant that has been in the mail. The leaves look glossy, which is a good sign. Cephalotus leaves tend to go dull and flaccid when the plant is in trouble.
    ok thank you for your advice. is any of it, color that the plant is geting?

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    Your plant is approximately the same size as my Hummer's Giant that I received two years ago. Mine now looks like this:




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    The only concern that I would have with such a young Cephalotus is the danger in keeping it too wet. At that age they are particularly prone to mold and rot . . .
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    so about how often should i water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-rod View Post
    so about how often should i water?
    I would keep it moist and prevent the moss from having direct contact with the plant. I take it that the compost is peat-based below it? If not, just keep the sphagnum moss from drying out . . .
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    All my Cephalotus sit in saucers of water which I allow to empty before topping up again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobile View Post
    All my Cephalotus sit in saucers of water which I allow to empty before topping up again.
    I do the very same, but newer growers in particular, tend to keep Cephalotus far too wet from the outset; and that further perpetuates the notion that they are difficult to grow . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post
    I do the very same, but newer growers in particular, tend to keep Cephalotus far too wet from the outset; and that further perpetuates the notion that they are difficult to grow . . .
    I find a more open media helps with this. Currently I use a mix of NZ dried Sphagnum moss, perlite and a small amount of peat and sharp sand. The media doesn't get as soggy as a peat/perlite mix. However; I have used a peat/perlite mix in the past and find for this that a tall pot (longtoms) really helps as it keeps the surface dryer.

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