Yup, I'm having to *ragequit* the hobby
Excellent as usual Jeremiah.
Paul that is a beautiful Ceph, exactly what I'm hoping to grow. I'm wondering if they are just exceptionally sensitive to TDS in water. I use tap water for everything I grow and TDS usually runs between 20-40ppm. It honestly would surprise me if that was the only problem, when I got a chance to see them growing in the wild they were growing within feet of saltwater. I'll probably end up purchasing a RO system to see if that make a difference.
It has been one of the earliest springs in Colorado I can ever remember, last year we were still freezing at night until May 17th.
Have you tried using Butch's "trich bath" technique on the cephs? I've done it a few times now and many of the pitchers have doubled in size.
Truth as Circe. Error has transformed animals into men; is truth perhaps capable of changing man back into an animal?
Regarding TDS in the water supply: last Summer, for about 4 months I had to rely on the municipal water supply for my CPs. I had the water tested and results indicated a TDS of 45ppm, very much in the same range as yours. That said, I used a filtered supply from the local food co-op and (supposedly) the filtering removes Cl, and Fl. (although I am told our municipal water contains neither) I wonder if Cephalotus has a sensitivity to specific elements in the water? I know many plants are sensitive to Fluoride, which can leach out of Perlite when used in a soil mix (best to limit how much you use, and if possible, soak and rinse it a couple times before you use it) That said, I do not use Perlite in my Cephalotus soil mix, not because it was a strategic decision, but simply because I chose coarse silica sand instead, since in nature this is likely most of what they grow in. I hope that gives you some ideas for getting better results with yours!
we have great weather in the summer here in the emerald valley
MICKEYS GROW LIST
Awesome greenhouse!!! I love all of your vft's
My Nepenthes thread! http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...avis-Nepenthes
My Grow List! http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=129188
You have some really nice looking Sarrs there! Those flytraps are awesome too!
Thanks for posting!
-Joel from Southern California
I buy coarse silica sand from our local builder's supply (not sure of the grade, I will have to look). I use it for my sand filtration system, to clean the irrigation water I pump from the river to use in the gardens/greenhouses. I would think that any builder's supply would have something appropriate, but be aware that this is sold in 80 pound bags. (I think most people use it in concrete mixes)