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    Quote Originally Posted by RSS View Post
    Ron, I'd love to see a pic of you Czech, mine are not coloring up anywhere near black, but the growing area temps have not dropped yet.
    Here's a few Ceph pics. The 1st and 2nd are seedgrown from HG Ceph selfed seed. Both have just started to add a darker flush as the temps have cooled.



    ... and here's a fairly current pic of the 'Czech Giant'. I received this as a tiny plant and it has grown slowly but surely. The darker colors were not evident until it started putting out adult pitchers. Although it has yet to show any real size, the darkness has been evident all summer, even when the other two were mostly green (all 3 are in the same tank & each is in a 2.5" pot).

    (The midrib on the left was accidentally sliced when I recently trimmed LFS - which was almost covering some of the pitchers).

    Heck, with colors this dark, I've almost stopped hoping for an 'Eden Black' .... The 'Czech' Giant' has been a very pleasant surprise.
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    Plants changing colors in the fall are caused by several things.

    More intense light
    shorter daylight hours
    sugar build up
    loss of chlorophyll
    Cooler temps

    Heres some reading to get a basic understanding of why plants change color.

    http://na.fs.fed.us/fhp/pubs/leaves/leaves.shtm

    Very beautiful Ceph btw!

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    @dionae: here's the kicker though---the leaves are very much alive and tend to stay on the plant for months, even years. your info from the site only applies to deciduous plants.

    that being said, i've also noticed that Heliamphora behave this way as well. i'll take you pics to show you what i mean. the older leaves still maintain that green color but the younger developing leaves have become heavily pigmented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dionae View Post
    Plants changing colors in the fall are caused by several things.
    Yes, as I mentioned above & linked in another thread, Andreas explained over here (4th post). My point in sharing these pics was that the 'Czech Giant' had the dark coloration before things cooled down, while the 2 HG progeny only darkened somewhat after the onset of lower temps.
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    I never noticed it until you mentoned it here, but all my 'Czech Giants' are deeper in color than other Ceph's of similair size reguardless of light levels. I have also not had any 'Giant' pitchers yet, the typical I have has larger pitchers than that clone.

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