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    I've had my ceph since early July and I'm keeping it in with my highland nepenthes so it goes from 75-85* daytime to 50* at night with an aproximate humidity of 80%. I will be getting a humidistat to plug my humidifier into in a few days so I will "know" it's 80% but I'm wondering if I should move the plant to a warmer location because I haven't seen any growth on it yet. Is it still in shipping shock?

    The plants current care: it's about 2-3" in size but potted into a 10" plastic pot of LFS, pearlite and sphag peat. Gets only R/O water and living under Compact Flourescent lights.

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    Hey swords,
    I'm no ceph expert but I have ceph of the same size and almost same conditions - except at night mine don't get below 60 degrees. After repotting mine took about one month to show any growth. Hope that helps!
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    Maybe FB can give you a better idea of what conditions are like in it's natural habitat. Mine are just out in the Ghouse where it can be anywhere from 80-90 during the day and 52 -65 at night, depending on how cool it is outside.

    Winter time they don't get nearly as warm.

    Could be that it is still settling in from shipping/transplanting. Could be that with the cooler temps it just is growing slower and hasn't produced any noticable growth yet.
    Cephs have a tendancy to grow in spurts. Most of their trapping leaves are made and matured by summer. Come fall they will put up the flat leaves. Growth inbetween these fall and spring flushes is sporadic.
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    The plant is probably just adjusting to its new environment after repotting. It took my cephs 2 or so months before it started growing.

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    Whoa! My highland tank dropped 45*F last night!

    The plant had 3 traps when I got it, two were open and one was not. Finally I see this morning the 3rd trap has cracked open around the lid about 1cm. So maybe it is just being pokey... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I've read the cephalotus entries in several CP books and I'm still not sure, does it or doesn't it require a dormancy? Can I just set it in the terrraium and never move it again or will I need to put it out in the garage over winter with the sarracenias, cobras and VFTs?

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    It does not require a dormancy, but the photoperiod and temperatures should be reduced in the winter.

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    Right now the lights are on for 15 hours a day, how far should I drop the photoperiod down? Will this bother the Neps at all?

    Thanks again for the help!

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    Slightly off topic, but wasn't worth starting an entirely new thread.

    Anyone know where I can buy Cephs online? Thanks

    Leo

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