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    I know many CPs don't like root disturbance. Do cephalotus fall into that category? I wouldn't mind moving mine up to a larger pot. But I'm scared to death it would hurt it and I'd lose it.

    Anyone have any experience or advice?

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    Heyla PAK,

    Everyone says that ceph have issues with root disturbance but I haven't experienced problems relating to that (hence the ability to pluck them from their friends and ship them in the mail [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] ) However, they do seem to get fussy with quick location changes. Not sure if this is light/temperature specific or what - but my plants would stop growing if I moved them more than 2 feet one way or the other. Then they'd take a few weeks to adjust.

    I'd wait to hear from the experts, but my advice it to take at least an inch of soil around the plant and place that in the new pot with it. You can use a spoon to scoop it carefully. Leave it in the same location if you can. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    Just to be on the safe side, when i moved mine from a 3 inch to a 5 inch pot, I actually cut the smaller pot off with scissors. I got my plant as one leaf from John Phillip last January. John believes that there is some kind of microbiotic or mycorhizzal relationship going on with the roots of the plant and the soil. He suggests scooping out a spoon or two of the old soil and mixing it with the new soil and wait a day or two mixing it once in a while to innoculate the new mix. I did that when I transplanted and have not had any problems.

    I hope this helps.

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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img] My my WildBill! "mycorhizzal" is my new vocab word for the day. The first time I read "mycorhizzal relationship" I thought "My core fizzle? Snizzle the soil and roots izzle?" [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    I don't allow my young plants to have relationships, especially sizzling ones. But they're not far from the TV and, given what they must overhear, it's awfully tough. But that's getting off topic. I find Cephs are unpredictably touchy about root disturbance. I had rooted probably 8-10 with 100% suucess until last spring, when I divided a large plant into four. The two largest divisions, which kept almost all the roots, are both dead [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] . The two smallest, which I thought were goners, are thriving [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] .
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    Normally when I transplant anything, I take the entire pot of soil as carefully as I can and place it in a larger pot with fresh soil with a hole in the center to accommodate the old root ball and soil. I figure its safer that way and less root disturbance. This works better with plants that have a hefty root system though. Cutting the pot away is something I was considering but if the root system isn't extensive, I expect soil to drop away.

    Hmmm...that's interesting Bruce. Its funny when these plants surprise you by doing the opposite of what you expect. I think the plants like to keep us on our toes by sometimes doing the unexpected. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Hmm, a common theme here is that perhaps the youngest ones don't mind the root disturbance. All of mine are tiny -1" plants, so that's why I didn't get any talkin' back from them. PAK, I guess if you're gonna repot, now's the best time if any!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (PlantAKiss @ Dec. 16 2003,22:22)]Normally when I transplant anything, I take the entire pot of soil as carefully as I can and place it in a larger pot with fresh soil with a hole in the center to accommodate the old root ball and soil. I figure its safer that way and less root disturbance. This works better with plants that have a hefty root system though. Cutting the pot away is something I was considering but if the root system isn't extensive, I expect soil to drop away.

    Hmmm...that's interesting Bruce. Its funny when these plants surprise you by doing the opposite of what you expect. I think the plants like to keep us on our toes by sometimes doing the unexpected. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    Thats what I do too... Anyone know how I could get a hold of a ceph? I really like them.
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