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    Experimentation is at the heart of advancing growing techniques. Growers should never assume any cultivation advice is Gospel and always seek to go where no one has gone before.
    Very well said.

    I still remember back when it was considered taboo to grow a VFT outdoors!
    It needs dormancy!.... well duh!

    Growing "rules" are guidelines, not unbreakable laws! And while it is nice to get info here on the net, experience is still the best teacher.
    People forget that what works for one person may not work for someone else. We all live in different locations, different environments with different conditions. Using different media may mean different watering habits or exposure to different amounts of heat or light. There is no "one right way" to do things! And indeed, from growing other plants for a lifetime I have learned long ago, plants are a lot more enduring and hardy than most people realize.
    We won't know what they can endure, until we try it. But again, keep in mind there are MANY variables involved in any situation when growing plants.
    And there are many ways to grow them, not just one!

    Good luck!
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


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    It's still alive and the sand is now turning a green colour...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamlin Dawnstar View Post
    One of the most interesting concepts regarding the culture of this genus came from an Australian grower that found a way to encourage a mycorhizal association that allowed him to produce a multiheaded flowering plant within a season from a single cutting taken at the start of the season using pine sawdust for a medium.
    This sounds interesting... are there any pictures of it? Wood shavings/sawdust are one of the media used in hydroponics. It was/is? a popular hydroponic media on the Pacific Northwest of the US and the West coast of Canada. I might give this a go myself... I have some wood shavings pet bedding somewhere.

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    Still alive... and getting nice colouration


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    Colouration is getting better. I don't know if this is due to the dune sand or the lighting, but another plant that I have under similar lighting doesn't show such colouration.




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    Nice looking plant.

    Looks like quite a bit of algae growing up from the sand.
    Joseph Clemens
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    Looks like quite a bit of algae growing up from the sand.
    I've been told that the green growth is most likely Cyanophyta.

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    Cyanophyta - very interesting, I understand they are common here in the desert, too. I hope they are only a positive environmental influence for your Cephalotus.
    Joseph Clemens
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