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    Does anyone know a good cephalotus soil that you have been useing on your plants and had succesful results?
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    Cephalotus do best in a mix of one part peat to two parts sand or perlite also! Long-Fibered sphagnum moss and pertite with orhid bark is excellent too! Make sure to get a deep pot for Cephalotus their root's need alot of room i use plastic containers its best for them but also do well in terra-cotta pots they can breath more throght it well good luck [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] E.C
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    For my different ceph plants, I grow them in a soil mix of perlite, lava rock, sand, and peat moss. I dont really measure, i just make sure it is moslty peat and perlite, with the other additives added in.
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    also , heres a tip on getting bigger and faster growing plants , it's true that this plant does not like root disturbance yet if you grow it in a pot small enough so that the roots get root bound ( cramped ) then the plant might produce bigger pitcher , same goes with the venus flytrap , for faster and bigger growing plants , grow your cephs in partial shade and when yuor plant reach a good side you can move them to full sun to get coloration although i prefer mines the green color . its also said that when potting your cephalotus its a good idea to make a small hill of soil and plant your plants on there , for some mysterious reason the plants benifit from it . for more info go to http://www.cephalotus.info/ .

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    I have my Cephs in long fiber sphagnum. I used to mix in perlite & coir, but don't anymore. They're in tall 2" wide clear plastic pots and I'm about to move them into 16 oz. (I think) plastic Pepsi bottles. I cut up a few bottles for Phrag. orchids and think they'll also be perfect for Cephs. I cut the tops off where the sides begin to taper and cut big drainage/ventilation holes around the bottom. I put a few packing peanuts in the bottom for the Phrags and will probably do the same for the Cephs. I don't keep them in water, so that's OK.
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    I use LFS with a bit of peat and perlite mixed in. I have some thoughts on the whole wet/dry issue here if you care to read it.

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    I use 50/50 peat sand and my Ceph's seem very happy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    I usually grow about 10 ceph plants in one large pot, and i still see differences in size. Perhaps the root bound ceph in small pots may enhance pitcher size, but if you grow a pygmy ceph no matter how root-bound it is, it'll still be small.

    I usually use 1 part peat moss, 1 part sand, 1 part perlite, mixed with 1 part chopped LFS covered by a layer of pure sphagnum moss. The cephs love humidity provided by the surface layer.

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