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    Should I have a humidity dome for Cephalotus?

    I have a Cephalotus and I'm wondering whether or not to keep the humidity dome. On one hand, Cephalotus loves high humidity and I have lots of sphagnum moss starting to grow in the soil which I believe the high humidity is a factor. But on the other hand, the humidity dome blocks out sunlight and I can increase the sunlight and improve colors without a humidity dome.


    Here in Florida on my windowsill, should I have a humidity dome for the Cephalotus? Would it kill the live sphagnum moss?


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    Absolutely not; Cephs have no use for high humidity. They're specifically adapted to habitats with lots of air circulation and modest to low RH. Do some reading on their natural habitat.
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    The moss probably would like the dome.....but the ceph will not, more people probably kill cephs due to lack of airflow than for any other reason.
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    80%? Really? I have problems any time I go over 50%. I must need a fan. o.O
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    80%? Really? I have problems any time I go over 50%. I must need a fan. o.O
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    I have mine in 75-80% humidity.....but it's right in front of an occillating fan.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    The relative humidity range in their natural habitat is ~70 - 80%** BUT this would be with natural ventilation. Keeping them under a humidity dome, with no ventilation, can lead to fungal attacks and rot. As an aside, I have never seen any pictures of Cephalotus growing in Sphagnum moss in their natural habitat, so this might indicate that they do not share the same environmental conditions.

    ** Source: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averag...9500_All.shtml
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    I should have mentioned that I often replace the dome with a different dome every now and then. For example, I sit the plant with a dome on the windowsill on the afternoon, and when I move it under my light, I replace the dome. This gives it a nice air flow so it's not constantly stagnant.
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