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    Cephalotus Watering Methods

    Hi all,
    I'm waiting on some C. follicularis seeds to germinate and I'm trying to figure out how I should water them to avoid the infamous Cephalotus sp. sudden death syndrome. So far I've eliminated the typical tray method as well as any other methods that leave the roots soaked for prolonged periods of time.The ICPS recommends a drip irrigation system, but I simply don't have a way to provide that right now. I should probably also add that my climate provides under 30% humidity most of the time.

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    I think cultivation of Cephalotus has been made much more difficult than it needs to be. I water mine just like I do my mexican butterworts. Fill the tray up with water and then let it dry out for a couple of days. Then repeat. The drip irrigation system sounds like overkill to me.

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    I would water it maybe once a week and what a caweekedink because i am trying to germinate some Cephalotus seeds also i just planted them 5 min. ago and i mist them with one squirt of a water bottle of water at night right before i go to bed so far that is helping me with my growing Cephalotus right now.
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    The drip irrigation system sounds like overkill to me.
    My thoughts exactly. So you're saying you just use the tray method but you let it dry out completely before adding more? Do you ever top water or would that really increase the chance of crown rot and other diseases?

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    Have you grown Cephalotus sp. before or are these your first batch?

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    I top water my cephs but I do not get any water on the crown of the plant itself.

    If you stay diligent on making sure to water only when needed you shouldn't have to worry about crown rot.

    Once you establish a routine you will then see how much water your Cephs are going to need. I'm finding that mine needs only once a week watering at most because I over potted mine upon receiving them a few weeks ago.

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    I have seeds growing and i have a plant that i just got about a week ago so i am pretty new to it.

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    I can't speak for seedlings, but for my established plant (most likely from a pulling or TC) I don't let it stand in water in any capacity, but top water in a little moat that I dug around the plant.

    From about a month ago:

    You can sort of see the moat, which I fill and let soak through a few times, maybe twice a week or so, avoiding the crown of the plant.

    Hope this helps!
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    Yup, I let mine sit in a tray of water that I let slowly disappear...wait a day, then refill the saucer.


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