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Thread: Should I be afraid of Cephalotus?

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    if it doesnt need watering every couple days its too dense imho

    just follow that cephalotus webpage, he gives several options.... i prefer the more complex mix

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie View Post
    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.
    Well...Mine was in a mix of peat and what appeared to be a fine grade sand...the stuff was as dense as depleted uranium and about as hard when it dried, and water didn't flow through it very well. I switched to a mix of peat, coarse sand, perlite, and fine charcoal and the plant bounced back at incredible speed. I have since grown cephs in a variety of substrates, but the one primary thing that seems to be important is that the soil not be overly dense to the point where water pools on the surface when topwatered.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exo View Post
    Well...Mine was in a mix of peat and what appeared to be a fine grade sand...the stuff was as dense as depleted uranium and about as hard when it dried, and water didn't flow through it very well. I switched to a mix of peat, coarse sand, perlite, and fine charcoal and the plant bounced back at incredible speed. I have since grown cephs in a variety of substrates, but the one primary thing that seems to be important is that the soil not be overly dense to the point where water pools on the surface when topwatered.
    Perhaps that's why mine never thrive. The sand I use is very, very fine; it is also hard when dry, like you said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon.B View Post
    Perhaps that's why mine never thrive. The sand I use is very, very fine; it is also hard when dry, like you said.
    Yeah, the stuff bonds together way too tight....locks all the oxygen away from the roots and the plant is "smothered" to death.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Agreed, all of the mystery surrounding them is unfounded. I have found them quite easy to grow.

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    Cool, hopefully when I get one I'll be able to keep it alive!

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    Luck to you Natalie! Avidly awaiting your acquisition of a ceph so I can use you as the guinea pig for outdoor growing around here

    Or if I can find a decently priced plant (like less than $50 or $100!) Maybe you can use ME as the guinea pig!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    I even grow some in regular Miracle Gro potting soil
    It's not just me then

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