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    What is growing with my cephalotus?

    Can anyone identify the tall grassy stuff is that's growing with my cephalotus?

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    From the flower stalks probably Utricularia bisquamata or U. subulata. I'd clip the flowers before the seeds ripen or else you'll have it everywhere.
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    Thanks. I'll definitely get rid of it.

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    U. bisquamata is the Kudzu of CPs; get rid of it before it sets seed!

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    I would not cut the stalks but pull them out, it will be an uphill battle getting ride of that one so try and get as much out with each stalk as you can without hurting the Ceph.

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    ...or you can put the Cephalotus in a new pot. I haven't found them to be root-sensitive, like some CP's. Whether it's U. subulata or U. bisquamata, they are like dandelions - pretty, yellow flowers, but too successful for their own good.

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    Decided repotting it seems to be the best method. Seems to be the only thing that's truly going to guarantee it's gone. Not worth having anywhere near my ceph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krista View Post
    Decided repotting it seems to be the best method. Seems to be the only thing that's truly going to guarantee it's gone. Not worth having anywhere near my ceph.
    Depending on how well you're able to remove every speck of media from around the Ceph roots, even a full repot is unlikely to eradicate the bad guys. If the repotting doesn't work, do some leaf propagation (wash the leaves & propagate in a different tank). It's the only thing I've found that has >90% success. Good luck
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