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Thread: Acclimatizing Cephalotus (My first!)

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    Acclimatizing Cephalotus (My first!)

    Hello Everyone!

    I received my first ever Cephalotus today! As a first time grower I have my first question: What's the best way to acclimate these guys? Are they like neps where we can bag them for a couple months and slowly allow them to adjust?

    The area I live in is pretty arid and dry, humidity is very low.

    I'm open to any and all suggestions.

    Thank you!

    Came in the post today, have it covered with a zip-lock



    Like I do with my neps

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    Your gonna want to take it easy on the water tray. Fill it maybe once a week. I've finally made the transition to growing my cephs on the moist side, rather than wet. They seem to grow better in slighty dampened media instead of wet or dry.
    Best way I've found to acclimate cephs, may be the worst.. but it works. I just bring them in, no repotting since I don't take in bare-root cephs, and put them in there new spot in the GH. I'd say 98% of the time they die back to almost nothing, but after a couple weeks new growth takes place of the dead. Once the traps are shriveled and brown, I remove them to make way for the new growth. After they are more settled in and are ready to be repotted. I take the media out whole and place it in the new pot. Then just fill in the access space with new media.

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    Give your plant some ventilation, since Cephalotus are prone to fungal disorders; and I agree was Mass and ease back on the watering a bit. The biggest novice mistake with the plants is keeping them far too wet . . .
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    I'd wary of that bag over the plant, as Cephalotus are prone to fungal attack in high humidity, low airflow conditions, as BigBella mentions. I stand mine in a water tray which I top up when it empties. As long as drainage is good then mine don't seem to mind being wetter and in arid conditions this could help with increasing the local humidity.

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    Why not find out what the conditions were it was growing under before you acquired it? Maybe acclimatizing is not even needed if the conditions are similar.
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    Went ahead and removed the plastic 'humidity' bag from the plant as recommended by everyone above. Thanks for all the tips. I really want to be successful with these guys.

    Now I have the pot standing in a very shallow amount of water, just enough to cover the bottom 1/8 of the pot. The lights I'm using are two 5800K Agrosun tubes with three 6500k t-5 HO tubes. Is that enough light? My other plants stay cool under this setup. The Ceph is approximately 6 inches from the closest tube.

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    Do you not get enough natural light in CA?

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    Good one mobile.

    Plenty of sun, it's too intense though for my plants. This week it's been in the mid 90s (F), and way too dry. This little one would cook in a matter of minutes.

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