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Thread: Should I be afraid of Cephalotus?

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    They should thrive outdoors in the SF Bay area.

    I'd start off small and see how it works out for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie View Post
    Thanks for the info and links everyone - that model ceph is really cool! Are any of you guys growing your plants outside? Does my plan of keeping it with my sarrs but elevated above the water line sound like it could work? Would it be best to get a smaller, cheaper plant or a larger, more expensive one?
    I successfully grow mine outside, also in the SF Bay Area and try to shade them a bit. That produces larger leaves . . .
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    Thanks! I guess I will give it a go when I can find a smaller specimen for sale. I probably could have found one at the BACPS sale, but I didn't get any emails or anything before the event so I missed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon.B View Post
    I disagree. For some people, like myself, Cephalotus are very challenging. Sometimes mine will grow very well, but then die off and revert to immature pitchers.

    The one thing I do find very easy about Cephalotus is propagating it.
    I've had the opposite experience. My cephalotus' grow like crazy. I've moved them from outside to inside, from this setup to this one and they just seem to keep on growing. I have killed 2 but that was due to stupidity. One I gave full strength fertilizer to see what would happen...it died. The second was a rooted leaf pulling that I replanted a lil to hastily. Besides that my experience with them has been great and I have some nice plants now.

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    I grow them in my HL nepenthes chamber...turns out that the temps are very similar to Perth as the seasons go. I find them easy......how easy?......this easy.....

    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    hmmmm ;-)

    I can remember someone struggling with them once upon a time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    hmmmm ;-)

    I can remember someone struggling with them once upon a time
    Yeah....I remember that too.

    Once I got it out of the block of concrete the vendor called soil and gave it some fertillizer, it perked right up, as you can see.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    So what would you recommend for a substrate? I'm guessing if I bought one locally at a show or something it would be planted in the usual sand/peat mixture... Is that the block of concrete you're referring to? It does seem like they're able to tolerate a wide variety of substrates as long as they're not soggy or completely dry. I've seen photos of them on here growing in everything from MiracleGro (as mentioned before) to plain gravel. If I do get one that's already potted, I probably wouldn't repot it for a couple years if I didn't have to.

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