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    I also would have to side with Butch (Av8tor1) in that Cephalotus tend to do far better -- in the long run -- in more open composts, similar to the "Charles Brewer's Mix" he recommended, and dislike being water-logged.

    Also, nothing speaks quite louder than success . . .
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    I have had really good success growing it in the same way I do my mexican pings. Water once a week and leave it alone.

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    Well, I think the repoting went well, I used the peat, sand, pine mulch, and charcoal mix in about equal perportions and some LFS as a top dressing and I noticed that it holds alot of water, but drains MUCH faster than before. When I repoted it I was suprised at the roots, instead of the "carrots" I expected, it had a wirey tan root that branched off into three sections and went straight to the bottom of the pot and imbeded themselves in the LFS used to plug the bottom holes. I was able to carefully was the soil off in a tub of water and move the roots and sphag clump to a new, and taller pot. As far as I know, I didn't break a single root.

    I think it went well since the plant doesn't look any different today than yesterday, here's hoping that all goes well.

    BTW Growinold, it's nearly impossible to get non-miracle grow perlite around here, and I am out of live LFS. Hopefully, the pine mulch will do the job of the perlite in this case.
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    Well Exo,
    Good to hear you have your plant settled into its future home.
    Perhaps the pine mulch and your efforts were just what the plant needed.
    We will certainly all hope for the best for your Ceph!

    Perhaps the mix you planted it in will work out as well
    or maybe even better, than the ones Av8 suggested.
    Who knows, as I said earlier, we all have different environments
    and so our plants can handle (or need) slightly different things.
    Time will tell. I am sure we would all like to hear your results.
    That is how new methods are discovered... by trying something different!

    It does seem that the Cephs roots adjusted to the media it was planted in,
    by running down and branching as you mentioned. Perhaps they will grow more
    "normally" in this new mix they are now in. It will be interesting to see if they again
    do something to accommodate it too. Plants are amazing in their ability to
    deal with and adapt to their surroundings!

    By the way, since you made a point of mentioning it,
    like you, a lot of people have trouble finding "un-fertlized perlite".
    Here's a site you might be interested in:
    http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories
    There is a lot of other supplies you can get here too, if you look around.
    Perhaps you may use it in the future, if you decide you ever do have need.

    Good Luck!


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    And Av, ur ! Always appreciate & value hearing your "wisdom"/opinion!
    I may not always follow it or agree, but I always like hearing it! (Kiddin')

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    LOL, thanks Paul.... and yeah I know

    Good luck Exo
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    Thanks for the site, next time I have to repot it I will add some perlite to the mix....unless I find that it becomes super vigorous in my mix.

    At least the stuff I'm using now drains better, and that's apparently one of the most important things.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    My fav mix for years has been

    deep containters filled with:

    30% Milled Sphagnum (Peat is acceptable)
    25% Coir fiber
    25% Perlite or APS
    10% Sand
    5% Charcoal
    5% Chooped Live Sphagnum
    This is similar to my current favourite mix which consists of:

    50% Dried NZ Sphagnum moss
    25% Perlite
    10% Peat
    10% Sand
    5% Charcoal

    All the percentages are estimates, as I tend to make the mix by feel and appearance.

    I stand the pot in a saucer of water, which I allow to empty before replenishing. The plants seem to like this 'open' mix. Previous to this, I used peat/sand/perlite mix but with this I used taller pots (longtoms) with the saucer watering method so that the surface does not get too wet. I also use Trichoderma.

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