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    good place to order ceph online:

    www.scarnivores.com

    i ordered two recently and got three!
    they're posted loose rooted in sphagnum
    (what roots they're grown from cuttings, apparently usually don't have roots but a decent rhizome)

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    swords your growing conditions sound very very good. It is a highland plant & they like lower temps at night (like highland Neps) I give my plant a dormancy, cause I think it grows better & might live longer if it does get one. & in spring as it breaks dormancy it grows several non-carnivorous leaves that help with photosynthisis.
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    Cephs are slow growers and take time to put out decent sized pitchers...

    I have mine in lowlands conditions, and it's doing great. I don't think dormancy is required, but as said, reduced photo period and so on is good I think...

    Also, I wouldn't classify it as a highlands, since it is not a nepenthes... I am not sure the temperature drop is nececssary, and the humidity requirements of some highlands nepenthes certainly are not... just don't want to confuse the situation.
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    Swords,

    The photoperiod should be dropped down to 10 or so hours in the winter.
    This should not affect the nepenthes provided that the nepenthes are provided enough light.

    A temperature drop at night should benefit the ceph as they grow in a climate with cool nighttime temps year-round.

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    By "make sure the neps have enough light" you mean ligting intensity during the photoperiod?

    For lighting I am using 175 watts of Power Compact flourescent light making a total of about 18,000 lumens. This is provided by 2x 55 watt PC reef lights and 65 watts from another single fixture. I can also fit a pair of twin tube 4 ft flourescents on too which I might do this weekend.

    Pitchers on my Cephalotus are about 1 - 1 1/2" tall but I'd like them bigger I hear they will be larger if they're grown in dappled shade and then moved into bright light as they open so they will change to brilliant colors. Does this really work?

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    Yes, I mean the light intensity. Your plants should do just fine under a 175 watt light.

    Cephs generally produce larger pitchers under shade, so the method described should work.

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