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    Alright, very good. I have two pots of seeds waiting to germinate so I'll try a couple different methods. Thanks guys.

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    Adam, I do not top water because from my experience if I get some water on the pitchers they tend to brown. Just water conservatively and don't fuss over the plant too much... and it'll do great.

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    I use the top watering method and the tray method Phil mentions above and I can honestly say that I notice no difference. I've read a lot of posts about having to keep the crown dry to avoid 'crown rot' but I've never been particularly careful about this and have never lost a plant. IMHO there are a lot of myths about Cephalotus. People fuss and pamper over them, blindly following this and that 'rules' from 'experts' without taking into consideration as to whether the plant is looking healthy or not under the imposed growing conditions.

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    I agree, people are way to careful with Ceph's because someone said something once. I am using about 6 or so different methods of watering Ceph's right now and I've not had any loses I can not explain. From my limited experience with Ceph's and alot of experience with orchids and other "hard" to keep plants I believe the real problem is airflow to the roots not overwatering.

    Some reading to help back up what I just said. That last Ceph in there has been IN flowing water for over two years now. It has never had anywhere close to dry roots in there with near constance 99% humidity. So overwatering is not the problem . As I say in that thread this is not a good way to grow them and I'm not suggesting anyone without extra Ceph's try this. The growth rate has been pitiful, but the plant is healthy and no sign of visible roots .

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=116479.

    If I had unlimited time/resources I would use a drip system with either mounded soil or vertical slopes, but since I don't have enough time I'm mainly using the tray method.

    With 30% humidity I would think you could use anywatering method without fear of rot, the crown would dry out fast enough. Now you have to keep in mind the weather, on a rainy day what is the humidity? If its higher and you don't adjust for it you might run into problems with overhead watering.

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    Alright. Thank you all for the info. I really appreciate it. I think I'll be safe as long as I pay close attention to the plants and their reactions. If they do die on me, no biggie. I'll just consider it a learning experience.

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