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    question regarding ceph.

    how do you tell if ceph needs to be watered? is there any specific sign? i've been looking at the soil on top and bottom. they look very moist. do i wait till the top or bottom looks dry? wait till one of the leaves are drooping? any specific sign to look for? i never grew CP before, so i'm clueless. i'm more used to fig trees and i can tell when they need water by either lifting up the pot, or when the leaves start to droop. but figs are really hard to kill.

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    One way to tell if your ceph is not getting enough water is by the pitchers. The lids droop over the lip of the pitcher, which some people think they do to protect their digestive juices from evaporation. This is usually in extreme cases though, you most likely do not want to use that as an indicator. Most people grow them in trays and let the tray dry out before watering them again because they do not like to be waterlogged all the time. Good luck!

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    I water mine once the top soil slightly dries. Then I water till the water start running out of the bottom of the pot... but mine is a mature plant with thick rots. Once you get the hang of it you can also determine by the weight of the pot. Since its a new plant I would keep it a little more on the moist side between watering and higher humidity until it acclimates to the new conditions then slowly lowering the humidity till its the same as your house. This will ease the transition. I grow mine in an open room in Kansas where humidity gets down in the 20% even lower sometimes and it does great. I saw you wondering about humidity in another post. Good luck I hope it grows well for you.

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    no idea what i'm doing, so changed the set up just a little. put about 1/4" of water in the bottom, then i'll put cup with one hole on top when not airing out. once the water dries up, i'll let it go for about 2 days then add another 1/4".




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    ... i left it in that water for about 2 hrs and drained it. it seems it took up about half of what was there and stopped. so i figure it's time to remove it. distilled water that is..
    pete

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    I have mine on an inverted water retainer, so it doesn't sit in water. It gets top watered every day and has a wick coming out of the bottom, so it can absorb some water when I water the rest of the plants in the terrarium. There's more than one way to do this, as you can see.

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    wick system, self watering system.. thought about it. i'll probably go that route when i up pot in future. i use the wick in my figs for more of draining water than taking up the water.
    pete

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    It works in revers fairly well. I still top water though, just incase it fails.

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