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    You are so Rad tony...

    We are always "I can't find this plant"

    ANd here comes Tony...

    "Hey.. I can ship that to you! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]"

    What do you think Tony.. .could i get away with growing a Ceph outdoors here?
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    Wow, thanks Tony [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    I'm checking it out right now..

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    Got one from Tony a couple weeks ago. Beautiful and healthy plant!

    But, I have a question. It looks as though some of the pitcher lids are gradually closing. What is this? Does this happen when they catch prey? Otherwise, the plant seems to be doing just fine outside on my 3rd floor balcony.

    Leo

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    Leo - Probably due to the humidity difference from where the plant was growing. Future pitchers will be more adapted to your growing environment.

    As for growing outside in Texas. Perhaps.. I don't fully know what your growing conditions and humidity are like on a year round basis. Cephs. like warm days (80 +- 5degrees) and cool nights (65 +- 5degrees) How warm in the day would depend on your humidity and such. With higher humidity they can take warmer temps. They don't like to get overheated at the roots, so may need to be watered daily in a well drained mix if days start going over 85 regularly. They are not as tempermental as Darlingtonia though for needing cool roots. Winter they can get pretty cold although it is not needed. The biggest factors I have found are to keep them in a well drained mix (I use 1:1 perliteeat) and keep them moist not sopping wet. And to remove any dying leaves as they form tight clumps and decaying leaves will often cause rot. Good air circulation helps to prevent fungus within the clump of leaves too.
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    Well, I think I am going to try it...

    But first, I am going to use a hygrometer/thermometer to get the exact conditions on my veranda.

    As I said, 90+ days are very common here, but the humidity is almost always in the 50 to 70 range... we get constant moisture from the gulf...

    I have had good success in the past growing cephs using the tray method, as long as the pot is really deep and the bottom layer is exclusively orchid bark...

    I can provide it with a little protection from the South Texas sun as well, my passion vines are close to covering my entire porch (with a little help from the cucumbers and gourds).
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    Many do grow them in a tray and I have heard of fine results. Some let the tray dry a day or two between watering. Some don't... I think your right to just watch that the plant is in a nice deep pot so that the water is a fair distance away from the top of the soil surface.

    Yes the question is on the temps if it will be too hot in the summer. I am afraid I don't have a good answer there. My greenhouse will hit the high 80s when we have a real hot spell but that is usually only for a few days or so. Plus summer only lasts 2-3 months lol.
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    I find that the best pitchers are produced in the cool spring. The plant definately does not appreciate warm roots, and hates waterlogged conditions. A loose mix will ensure good oxygenation to the roots, and will discourage anerobic decomposition. Mine appreciate a regular flushing of the pot, avoiding wetting the rosette if possible. Don't let the small size of the rosette fool you, these plants have thick roots, and a larger pot is better than a small one as they also seem to resent transplant.
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