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    Calling All Cephalotus Experts!! PLEASE HELP!!

    Recently my Cephalotus 'Hummer's Giant' hasn't been looking so good. A lot of the pitchers are turning yellow. I'm hoping it's not Pythium and is instead just the result of not enough water. The weather in San Francisco has been getting warmer lately and this plant is starting to receive some later afternoon sun (in addition to the T5 bulb it grows under all day). It is growing in an open top growing chamber in front of a large window that is cracked most of the time. So there is always some airflow happening. It's companions in the grow chamber are Nepenthes and Helis. Everyone else seems happy. My Ceph seemed to be doing GREAT until about a week ago. I should also mention that the Ceph is growing in the Charles Brewer mix. Here are two photos I took before I trimmed off a lot of the yellowing pitchers.




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    A lil' more background may help some of the folks here make a guess.
    Like how long have you had the plant?, how long in its current location/conditions?,
    has anything changed in the past few weeks/months?

    It looks to me like it was growing great in conditions it loved,
    and then was put into conditions it didn't like as much,
    and is finally getting around to showing its response.

    Always hard to give an accurate diagnosis without knowing about things...
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    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


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    a shot in the dark, but it could be transitioning into the winter leaf spring phase? maybe increase the ventilation if possible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrowinOld View Post
    A lil' more background may help some of the folks here make a guess.
    Like how long have you had the plant?, how long in its current location/conditions?,
    has anything changed in the past few weeks/months?

    It looks to me like it was growing great in conditions it loved,
    and then was put into conditions it didn't like as much,
    and is finally getting around to showing its response.

    Always hard to give an accurate diagnosis without knowing about things...
    Well I've had this Ceph since early November (so not that long really). It's been growing in these conditions for about the same amount of time. Lately, as I had mentioned before, it has started to receive some late afternoon sunshine and temps have generally been a bit warmer. I usually water everything in that grow chamber at the same time and I may have skipped a week on the Ceph. The pot didn't feel THAT light but sometimes that Brewer Mix (which is heavy on the perlite) can be a bit hard to judge IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    a shot in the dark, but it could be transitioning into the winter leaf spring phase? maybe increase the ventilation if possible?
    I hope it's just a transtition?? I did notice after I trimmed off a bunch of the yellow pitchers and really got down in there that some of the growth points had turned brown. Unless it was just some teeny, tiny little pitcher forming at the end of the growth point that was brown? It is soooo small it was hard to tell.

    I think the ventilation is already pretty good since I keep the nearby window ajar (normally an inch or so) and the grow chamber has no top on it. That should be enough, no?

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    Kinda looks like it's been getting either too dry, or too hot.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    I would also take the "winter leaves" and start them in LFS as backups.

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    I had the SAME thing happen to all my Ceph's just last Fall.

    They all had been in the same growing conditions for two years; same photo period, never a rest.

    I decided that they were "tired". We've all heard the Ceph's don't need a proper dormancy, but now I'm not so sure...

    Anyway, in the Fall/Winter of '10 I moved my Ceph's to much cooler and lower light conditions of north-facing windows. Well, long-story-short, they're doing MUCH better now. My Cephs simply needed a slower & cooler growing period. I'm actually treating them as normal house plants. (!!) Lower light, cooler conditions and letting them dry a bit more between waterings.
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    Yeah my Cephs looked as bad outside as my VFTs, and the one that spent the past whole year with me had just non-carnivorous leaves so it barely looked like a Ceph. I think pitcher production might start soon again, or at least I hope because the plants look so bad :O

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