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    So, uh, what now?

    A few months ago I was extremely lucky that a member of this forum traded me some cephalotus leaf pullings. I potted them up in damp shredded LFS with sand mixed in. I bagged em and put them under 16h/day grow lights. While 3 of them succumbed to fungus/mold, one marched on and today I noticed I have 3 small healthy cephalotus leaves emerging from the LFS!

    So, my main question is, what should my next step be? Should it stay bagged up, should I be transplanting it perhaps? I've never grown a ceph, but am excited for the new opportunity.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Kyle

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    I would wait for it to grow a few leaves and then start to open the bag a little over time. How slowly, well I used to open it more like every week or two.
    Looking for N. Campanulata hybrids. Also would like to grow some nepenthes from seed. Growlist/pic thread: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...-Pete-s-plants

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    It will be under T5HOs on an open air grow rack, eventually. Any suggestions on media? OR should the LFS/sand serve it well for now? Thanks again!

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    I have been using both sand+peat and perlite+peat. Recently I've been using perlite+peat because my sand is too fine I think. Both work well enough.
    Looking for N. Campanulata hybrids. Also would like to grow some nepenthes from seed. Growlist/pic thread: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...-Pete-s-plants

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    I have read about a technique for acclimatising heliamphoras, they will cut a piece of the bag away every few days untill it's totally exposed

    as for media, currently my favourite is peat and sand, but i feel like for a un established cutting, LFS(with perlite?) might be superior.

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    I would agree with others who suggest allowing the plants to develop a bit more. Recently, I uprooted a very old plant and divided its rhizome into a dozen or more pieces; and I have no intention of disturbing them until next Spring; or even later, if they seem to be thriving. At last count, there were fifteen. The young plants are currently tented with a large ziplock bag with its corners trimmed away, supported by bamboo skewers; and when it is excessively hot, I remove it entirely . . .

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    My favorite, go-to compost, is still one, originated by Charles Brewer, years ago:

    45% dried sphagnum moss
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    8% peat/sand mixture
    2% wood charcoal.
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    That's an interesting mix. Is the LFS finely chopped or just "as is"?
    Looking for N. Campanulata hybrids. Also would like to grow some nepenthes from seed. Growlist/pic thread: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...-Pete-s-plants

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