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    Taking the plunge - My first Cephalotus

    I'm so excited! After many long hours of researching and debating, I've finally taken the plunge and ordered my first ceph online. It should get here tomorrow or the next day

    Anyway, I thought I'd share my setup so far to see what you guys think. I welcome any advice seems how it will be easier to fix now before it gets here rather than after it's been potted....

    Here's the pot, size is about 6"x6"x6". Its a ceramic pot that came with no holes, so I had to drill a bunch for good drainage (holes not shown in pic).


    Here the pot filled with media. The media I'm using is mostly sand and perlite with some peat. Its nice and fluffy, not likely to get water logged. Once the plant comes it'll have more of a mound of soil on top.


    I'm using the wick method for watering. In two of the holes I have a nylon cord that wicks the water up. I've been testing it over the past day or so and seems to be watering how I would like.


    And finally, heres what the full set up looks like. Its in one of those big cement mixing trays raised out of the water by bricks. I figure the bigger the tray the less likely I would find myself accidently running out of water and the soil drying up.


    I'll update again once it gets here
    ~Michelle (AKA Geva or Jennifer)

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    Yay more plants! I really like the pot too, looks simple and modern. Are you going to grow it outdoors?

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    Drilling through fired ceramic is so much fun, isn't it?

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    Fish N Plants: Yup its growing outside along with my butterworts and sundews.

    Wire Man: OMG yes! It took me two days!!! It was agonizing to say the least..... Never buying a cermic pot without holes again
    ~Michelle (AKA Geva or Jennifer)

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    That's the point where I usually make my own and find a kiln I can use. Was it porcelain or stoneware?

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    I would really like to see the final effect

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    I'm not 100% sure if it was porcelain or stoneware. I'm leaning towards porcelain because when drilling it was white all the way through.
    The sticker on it only said made in China, no other info given. Even the box it was in was a plain cardboard box with no writing.
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    My Cephalotus is finally here!!
    I'm so happy its still alive! It arrived four days later than expected and spent a total of 9 days getting here
    But, he's looking good and seems to have surrived the ordeal. Hopefully he'll settle into his new home quickly. Here's some pics....


    Side angles


    From Above


    Close up


    And a little bit of perspective


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