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    I have a cephalotus...still a youngish plant but finally starting to produce more mature pitchers. For the longest time it only had very tiny, green juvenile pitchers...lots of them! Now the pitchers are getting larger and more mature...still small (like maybe 1/2" to 2/3"). So its starting to look pretty good.

    My question is...my ceph has no leaves. It used to have a few...2-3 maybe when it was verrrry small. But now, its just a mass of pitchers (mostly the little ones with the 3-4 newer, largers ones)... and not a leaf to be found. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]

    So I want to know if this is out of the range of normal. I actually want a few leaves so I can try to propagate it (I know you can propagate with pitchers too). But I want to know if this lack of producing leaves should be telling me something...good or bad. I see leaves on everybody elses cephs. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] Why doesn't mine produce leaves?

    I might have a pic to post later when I get home. Its a cute little bugger.

    BIG thanks to Michelle! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Hey Suzanne,
    Mine don't have "leaves" at the moment either. It's just all pitchers, the way I like it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img] Don't ya love its transparent lids? They're so cute! My small ones are so small, they can only manage to eat half an ant.
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    Michelle test post (disregard)
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    PAK, Cephs usually only develop the leaves when you give it dormancy. I always give my plants a dormancy, so I never had a problem with lack of leaves.

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    can you tell me how you guys grow yours? i have high 70's -low 80's in the day, over 90% humidity always, and low 68-72 nights. is this ok for a ceph?

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    Ahhh...that might be it. Thanks Cole. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I will check into that.

    Larry...yes, I love those transparent lids too. Thats a pretty cool feature. I like the "windows" on darlingtonia too.
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    JustLIkeAPill,

    I'm not cephalotus expert, but I grow mine outdoors all year round. So my nighttime temps these days are in the mid forties for the most part. I don't know if these guys need the cool nights, but it certainly doesn't hurt them. In fact, it seems like my plant has started to grow better with the cooler weather. Oh, my daytime temps are in the upper fifties on average this time of year.

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    If you grow them with lots of light, you will get a ton of pitchers and no non-carnivorous leaves. If you start weaning the light, as if simulating a Winter photoperiod, they will produce those kind of leaves. This is just what I have noticed.
    I have one in very weak light(the bulb is sort of burned), and I think it's all leaves and no pitchers at the moment.

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