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    new to CP.. new to cephalotus.

    i grow fig trees, enjoy eating figs and they are easy to grow. then one of the forum member in fig forum showed me his "Eden Black". i had to get one. but EB is not easy to get. i got a Typical with good color. it arrived at my door on Tues. i didn't water it yet or anything. keeping it in "clamshell" made of two clear 16oz cup. keeping s.moss around the edge of the container to see how dry inside of the cup is. i'll probably give it water today or tomorrow. i'll drill a hole on the top cup today also to let some air in. in couple of months, i'll move it to larger pot with same soil that is in the container. before up potting, i'll probably take leaf cutting.





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    Well I have to say going with a cephalotus for a first CP is a bit risky, they can be quite finicky sometimes. First of all you should definitely water it if the soil is not moist. If you do need to water it DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Use reverse osmosis(RO) filtered water if you can get it or use bottled water with no added minerals. Good Luck! continue to post pictures of its progress and/or potential problems.

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    yupe. been reading about the ceph for last two weeks. no tap water. distilled, rain, or RO water. don't let the root sit in the water that cause root rot. not too much moisture for the top or at least not without the air flow that causes crown rot. bug or two for 1 or 2 pitcher a month or so for good growth. too much bug causes pitcher rot.

    so in next few months, i'll be up potting it to bigger container. can't change the soil to faster draining since i don't want to disturb the root which can cause other issues. right now it's in 1:1:1 peat, sand, and sphagnum moss. once the plant is big enough i'll repot it into faster draining soil of 1:1:1 peat, sand, and perlite or 1:1 peat and sand. just have to water more often.

    i'll try to grow this without the humidity dome. have to find out how to do that.

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    If it's happy in the pot that it's already in then I wouldn't change it - why take the risk if it's not needed? Cephalotus are actually quite easy to grow, if not fussed over too much. I grow all mine standing in a saucer of water, which I let empty before replenishing. I have done this for many years and have never lost a plant.

    There seems to be a trend of keeping Cephalotus dryer and dryer in more and more free draining soil, but if you look how they grow in nature you will see that this is not their typical habitat conditions.

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    mobile,

    have a question for you. if i keep the ceph on dish of water, wouldn't that keep the root too long in water? with smaller container that i have, i'm afraid that it will dry up quicker, but at the same time, will be waterlogged faster. also, if i keep it on dish of water, whould that provide enough moisture around the ceph to elimiate the terrarium?

    thanks in adavance,
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    A few links for leisure reading (just in case you haven't seen them yet):

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    My best growing Cephalotus' are always the ones I keep on windowsills, standing in saucers of water and at whatever the room humidity is. Be warned though, if you try suddenly changing the plant from high humidity to room humidity then it will likely lose its pitchers. Acclimatisation would need to be done slowly, by gradually reducing humidity over several weeks. Obviously, if the environment they are kept in is arid, then it would be necessary to increase the humidity. They don't need high humidity and in my opinion this causes more issues.

    Seasonal climatic conditions need to be taken into consideration though. If it's cold then I keep the soil moist and when it's hot I keep the soil wet.

    You don't say where your from, but if you are in America you will not be able to obtain 'Eden Black' yet. If you're in Europe then you stand a better chance as Stephen, the originator of the clone, has been selling a few this last season for 75 plus postage.

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    i'm in US. i'm not exactly looking for "Eden Black"... not yet anyway. want to make sure i can keep what i have alive for sometime before going further.

    i've drilled a hole on the top cup yesterday. this morning i noticed that some of the sphagnum moss on the top are looking little drier. i'll keep it that way for few days and drill another hole. if it gets dry enough that my s. moss are drying up, i might mist it with distilled water.

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