Growing/Propagating Cephalotus non-traditional methods - Lets get a list together.
The title says it all, hopefully we can get a nice long listing of methods TF members have tried successfully to grow or propagate Cephalotus. I know there a few of us that try some really crazy stuff so hopefully they will chime in.
Photos are encouraged .
I'll get us started with something I tried way back when I was just starting out with Cephs.
Some African root driftwood or similar kept constantly moist, if the wood is kept partially emersed in water some of the moisture will wick up the wood. Find a nice evenly moist crack or crevice and add a leaf pull, I've also been successful will small plantlets.
411 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Many moons later.
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008 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Now for a more recent one that might change the way I propagate Cephs. Some of the seed starting sponge like plugs inside a Styrofoam block. The entire block floats on top of the water so if you have 40" of water or 1" of water the plants will not notice any difference in moisture. On 22 Nov 2013 I planted 9 pulls, of those 9 leaves 8 are still "healthy", 1 decayed and was replaced this morning. I added another 9 on 28 Jan 2014. Two of the original ones are just starting to show visible growth.
DSC_0080 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
DSC_0082 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Nice, really inventive and cool.
carnivorous plants of the world -- unite!
"Blessed are the cracked….
For they are the ones who let in the light."
Neat! I just pulled two leaves and put them into the live sphagnum in the same tiny wardian.
I'm starting a thread of the whole thing and a question about some white cottony thing on it.
Here is an update on the seed starting sponges, last time I pulled the block out there were no visible roots out the bottom of the sponge. 4/18 leaves have visible growth.
DSC_0159 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Very nice results. Saves a lot of space growing lots of pullings that way.
Any chance of seeing the pot floating in water?
I've been trying to figure out a way to get a photo and short of putting it in the bath tub like a ship Well I would have to move a ton of stuff, its in the back corner of a crowded tank. When I move things around next I'll see what I can do. Basically it just floats on the water with the bottom 1/4" under the water, less water than that and its on the bottom.
Originally Posted by Jcal
No worries. I get the general idea. I need to get try this floating method. Takes care of the watering problem.
While sending out the NASC items this morning I planted a few more leaves in the sponge things. Here they are with a photo of the "raft" floating. With only one side planted the "raft" is leaning into the water more than usual. But it should convey the idea.
DSC_0182 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
DSC_0183 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Here is the first sponge plug we pulled out, unless I find a downside soon I may be reworking the way I do leaf pulls. So much quicker and easier than an other method I've tried and packing them to mail was so much easier. I've transplanted my first one directly into a peat/turface mix this morning, just buried the sponge into the mix.
DSC_0250 by randallsimpson, on Flickr