So yours is in a peatier mix? I was debating what sort of mix to go for an I ultimately decided on a sandier mix. The sand I used is really coarse too... it's Estes brand "marine sand" for aquariums. I went for a sandy mix this time because I wanted to be extra careful about moisture in the mix. I read on ICPS that 3:1 sand/peat is ideal, so I figured why not.
And yes... when this thing gets some monster pitchers (counting the YEARS now, LOL) I'll be thanking myself for creating this nice white backdrop!
I find that Cephalotus are not very particular about the potting mix. I usually use equal quantities of peat, perlite and lime-free sharp sand. More recently though I have been omitting the perlite, as I don't like the colour of it and the fact that it floats to the surface when watered.
With more peat the substrate can hold more water and cannot dry out so quickly.
For my delicate young plants from leaf cuttings (taken in Mai 2010, see picture) I also use a top dressing of Sphagnum, so that I easily can see when it is time for watering: The Sphagnum changes its look very much when it gets dry.
I think, Cephalotus can grow under many different cultivation conditions.
I use 50/50 peat/sand. I have one plant in sand, peat and diatomaceous earth. It had died back quite a bit from shipping but has new growth sprouting from the rhizome. I think they are pretty adaptable and not very hard to grow at all. I just took mine from an aquarium that was %70 humidity to a mini greenhouse thats %40 and they didn't even slow down a lil.
All of you have some very nice cephalotus'. Thanks for sharing pics and mixes.
heres some pics of a few of my cephs. I moved them a lil closer to the light so they are starting to color up a lil. Thanks for stopping by!
My 1st Cephalotus
Hello everyone! Thought i'd share a few pics of my cephalotus collection and their progression.
Dang.. How many is that now?