I just received my first two Cephalotus, and I’m already worried about them. I live in Iowa, and I have them growing in my garage under a Mars Hydro 600w LED about 18” above the plants. The humidity ranges from 40-60%. Charles Brewer recommended they be grown in higher humidity such as in an aquarium as they were receiving 85% humidity at his greenhouse. The first day after receiving them, the lids closed. Do you think this is due to acclimation to the new environment, or should I place them in a propagation dome? I would like to grow them in an open air environment if possible, and perhaps some loss of pitchers is to be expected during acclimation? When I received them I placed the plants in a larger pot, but I was careful during repotting to not disturb the roots by keeping all the original soil in place. I top watered them once, until water dripped out of the pots. I can use the water tray method, but Charles says he top waters his plants so I wanted to be consistent. Should I be concerned their lids closed, or is this to be expected from shipping and changing of the environment. I appreciate any and all help!
To me it does sound like they are getting acclimated to their new growing environment and trying to preserve the liquid in their pitchers, what would be best is to try to give them as much humidity as possible, in my experience I put a large zip lock bag over the pot and monitor the plants growth. If the plants are doing good then I start cutting holes in the bag to get them used to the growing conditions outside of the bag to get them acclimated to the humidity. In terms of humidity long term higher humidity would probably get nice results but I’ve had success growing them on a desk in my room where humidity is low.
Last Edit: May 8, 2020 23:26:54 GMT -5 by carnivore
It’s normal for the lids to close after the stress of shipping, reporting, lowered humidity. Some of them may never open again. Ive had success growing cephs in as low as 30% humidity. They’re pretty resilient once they get settled in. You also hear a lot about how you shouldn’t disturb their roots, but I’ve bought many huge plants from Charles, chopped them up in many divisions as soon as I got them, and barely lost any. I don’t recommend doing that if you’re new to growing them of course. Here’s a pot of Hummer’s Giants that I grew in my bedroom with normal humidity levels, 30-50% on average, under some T8s. This pic was taken about 2 months after I bought one big plant from Charles and divided it into something like 7 pieces.
Thank you for all the help! I really appreciate it, and it gives me hope. I did bag the Cephalotus for now. Do you think I should start using the tray method for watering to help with humidity? I bought this from Amazon so I can increase the humidity, and slowly decrease it for acclimation. Shuddles- How did you acclimate your Cephs from Charles Brewer?
To be honest, I didn’t really acclimate that one. Just potted it up and left it alone. I probably removed a bunch of dead pitchers before I took that photo; it’s been a couple years so I don’t remember exactly. I also had a habit of misting it by hand whenever I walked by, so maybe a few times a day.
About the pictures, I’ve never had luck putting up pictures on the desktop version of this site. I downloaded the Tapatalk app which covers the proboard sites. It’s super easy to put up pics with the app.
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