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    Hey there Juan-Carlos
    I've never had a problem with shock after repotting/transplanting any CP, especially Cephs. They're tough little buggers.

    Good luck

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    I have (or rather, had) a couple of Cephs earlier this year, both in a 20gal terrarium 6" under 80W cool white fluorescents, 70-80Fday/60-70Fnight, humidity 80-100%, growing in equal parts peaterlite:sand.

    Anyhow, my air conditioner broke for 1 week and during that time, my apartment got ~10F warmer and, hence, my terrarium temps hit 90-100F for that week. I wasn't sure how the plants would react, but I took one ceph out of the terrarium and onto a grow-rack with the same conditions, except temps were ~80F and humidity 60-70%. The other remained in the tank.

    After the week had passed, the ceph outside the tank was fine (and still is) fine, save for a couple of yellowed pitchers. The ceph in the tank had half of its leaves/pitchers completely yellowed (dead) and after another week, it had completely died.

    Thus, the higher temperatures were probably caused the demise of the terrarium ceph as both plants started in the same condition and the only significantly different parameter was temperature. This may not be true for everyone's growing conditions, but it seems like temperature is a factor for my cephs. I've kept the remaining ceph on the grow rack and it has done just as well as it was in the terrarium. Moreover, though my watering regime is more frequent, there's less of a chance of root rot as the medium dries out a bit faster. Also, the plant is getting more fresh, circulated air than it was getting in the terrarium (which had a CPU fan in it).

    Since then, I've been gradually moving my lowland neps, dews, utrics, sars, VFTs, adrovanda, pings and cobra plants out of the terraria and onto the grow-racks. They've been doing just fine and, in some cases, appear healthier. I've kept my heliamphora and highland neps in a terrarium because they love the extreme humidity.

    Bottom line is....I've been growing in terraria for 2.5yrs and have made the switch to grow racks. More space, less hassle, equal light and near-equal humidity with more air circulation = healthier plants (at least so far for me).

    So maybe you should try the same for your ceph.....

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    To add to the confusion, I have a Ceph, from Elgecko last year, that I grow at a SW facing window sill, open tray. Its winter leaves I placed in a tray of swampy, live, LFS. They are also at the SW sill, but very different growing conditions. Both settings are doing well.

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    Hi,
    I think that it might be getting too hot combined with being in a tank. I grow my own Ceps in the greenhouse where there is hardly any humidity. They seem to do equally well in both full sun and shade. Bigger pitchers in shade, more colour in sun. I grow mine in 3 parts peat to one part sand. They stand in water which I allow to dry out between watering.
    There does seem to be a bit of variation in the various clones out there. I find the so-called "giant" forms far slower and more susceptible to suddenly dieing. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

    My best clone is one I got from Adrian Slacks nursery in the 80's as shown here:



    Best of luck with your last plant...

    cheers

    bill

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    Looks great bill!!

    Well as a little update, the plant is hanging in there after the transplant. I have it uncovered now. I noticed one new leaf but one of the old leaves fell when I transplanted it, so I put it to root.. lets hope it does!

    Hopefully it does well.

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    Hello,

    I'm not a cephalotus expert, but I'm having success growing several different clones by doing the following:

    1: growing the plants in a loose medium (mostly LFS, perlite, and lava rock)
    2: Top watering the plant (no tray system) once the media begins to dry out.
    3: Trying to keep the temps consistently cool (day time highs never exceed 78F). I do this by keeping the plants in my basement.


    I remember seeing a graph of the seasonal temperature patterns in South-western Australia. If I remember correctly, the highs rarely approached 80F. For most of the year it was quite cool.

    Here's a pic of one of my plants:

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    Bill, LOL! That's the almost the antithesis of the winter leaf cuttings that I have in live LFS, with temps exceeding 90 degrees this summer. But it's a lot closer to what I have for their parent plant.

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    This is in your basement? You must have nice lighting. Nice plant!

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