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    Like sarracenia, they will grow non trapping leaves over winter dormancy, or 'rest' as is probably more accurate to use with cephs. Mine is all leaves at the moment with the summer pitchers hidden underneath.
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    I grow mine in a VERY humid terrarium. It's about 5 inches below fluorescent lights and I feed it ants or fruitflies maybe every two to 3 weeks or so. I got it as 1 leaf from John Phillip one year ago and now it has 8 large ( over 3/4 inch) pitchers and 10 tiny pitchers. It seems to grow leaves and traps simultaneosly. A few months ago I removed 4 leaves and 5 pitchers to try my hand at propagation. I'm still waiting for growth but it looks like some have developed roots. Another very very successful Ceph grower is Jeff Matheson who happens to be another NECPS member. He suggested I try a liquid rooting product called "DipN'Grow" which seems to have helped. When I tried powdered rooting hormone all the cuttings died after a month or so. There are photos of some of Jeff's plants on the NECPS.org website.

    Also, I thought some of you Ceph growers would get a kick out of this. I made a one of a kind Ceph holiday ornament for our NECPS December meeting's auction (using my plant as a reference). It goes to the highest bidder tomorrow!

    [img]http://home.**********.com/wildbill/cephorn.jpg[/img]

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    Lightbulb

    Nice ornament, very realistic. What is it made of?

    You should go into bussiness with these, I'd buy a few.

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    Nice work Bill!

    I find Cephalotus plants grow a bunch of leaves in early Winter, again in late Spring, and then pitchers in in Summer through Fall. I had assumed it was their habit, but after reading the other posts, maybe it has more to do with the growing conditions I impose on them.
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    Thanks for the compliments LATrap & Bruce -

    It is made of something called FIMO. It's like modeling clay, a brand of polymer clay you can buy in various colors at hobby and craft stores. What's cool is that after you shape it, you can bake it in your oven at 220 to 275 degrees for half an hour to set it. After that you can add more and bake again or sand, drill, paint it etc.

    I might make this a yearly thing - each year doing a few copies of the same CP!

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    Wow! Awsome ornament Wild Bill! Thats beautiful! I wish I could bid on it.

    I hope it brings a high price. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Here's a pic of my ceph babies, so cute! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]
    In the background, you can see Drosera sessilifolia.
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    Well finally...here is a pic of my ceph.



    Larry, mine looked just like yours for a long time. Finally I'm getting larger pitchers. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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