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  1. Hi Aviv, Are you able to share a photo of your Cephalotus on here, so members can see if they notice anything wrong? I usually do not repot Cephalotus on arrival, but if the mix they are in does not look suitable then I would. Many people seems to be scared of repotting them, but personally I haven't really had any issues doing so, as long as a little TLC is given after repotting, i.e. keep humidity higher whilst the plants roots re-establish in the new mix. You might find this site of some use:
  2. Hi Alexander, Yes, the top dressing is pine needles. As I have never performed a controlled comparison, I do not know if the plant benefits directly but I do know that the pine needles slow down the development of moss on the surface and that some dense mosses seem to have a detrimental affect on speed of plant growth. I have grown VFT in pine needles in the past:
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    Big boy

    This is genuine "Big Boy" with provenance back to the originator:
  4. @jcz, for nearly all of my Cephalotus I stand them in a tray of water, topping it up when it empties. I've done this for many years and the only problem I have occasionally had is in colder months when keeping them too wet can cause some black mildew issues. The one growing in perlite and Seramis is purely an experiment.
  5. I set up a little trial using perlite and Seramis as a media in a wicking system. Seems to be doing OK so far.
  6. I like clones with distinctive pitcher shapes, such as Squat and Bananito. They are much easier to distinguish than so-called dark clones which need specific conditions to realise their characteristic.
  7. New cultivar, Cephalotus follicularis ‘Squat’. Deserving of cultivar status in my mind as its pitcher shape is very distinctive.
  8. Yes, it reminds me of the shape of a boot
  9. Cephalotus 'bananito' pitchers are much more elongated.
  10. How long have you owned the plant? Have you changed the growing conditions? What is your watering routine?
  11. I always found it strange that John Hummer failed to mention the wide mid rib as a defining character in the cultivar description.
  12. The ISHS states 'The ICRA should try to ensure that the registrant is prompted into giving an account of characteristics that are likely to be diagnostic. Descriptive information recorded will vary greatly between some denomination classes.' Personally, I don't think the the cultivar registration of Hummer's Giant is particularly descriptive and I do not believe it to be sufficient to allow differentiation of the clone.
  13. Some years ago I received a HG from a UK growers, who had been growing it for many years and I believe that it was distributed throughout Europe as HG, but it has a different picther shape than those I have seen in the US. As I mentioned before, there may have been more than one clone distributed by John Hummer as HG and I also think that there are a lot of mislabelled ones out there too.
  14. I'm not sure that anyone knows what the true Hummer's Giant looks like, as the cultivar description does not describe the shape. In addition, it suggests that John Hummer may have distributed more than one clone with the same name. The cultivar description can be found here: Here you can find pictures of what people have called Hummer's Giant, but you will see that there are some variances: @dimitar might be able to help with identification, as he has quite a keen eye for Cephalotus shapes.
  15. To be honest, the cultivar description for Hummer's Giant is dreadful and I don't think anyone could say with confidence that they have the plant described in the description.
  16. In my experience, it is not a good addition to Cephalotus mix. You would be better to use perlite. The only CP I use vermiculite on is Mexican pinguicula.
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    colour in cephs

    Good light and cool conditions seem to be conducive to colouration. The best colouration I've seen is on plants in the cooler months. If you take a look on my website linked below, you will find a couple of clones with really deep colouration. These were growing in a climate which is very hot in the summer but gets cool in the winter.
  18. That's a very good growth rate. I think that the production of leaves may be seasonal. I grow many of my Cephalotus under fluorescent lighting and don't get many leaves, but the ones grown on windowsills get more. The ones under fluorescent lights get the same daylight hours throughout the year and the lights produce heat, but the windowsill ones get seasonal variances. Personally, I wouldn't be concerned about the lack of leaves, as the plant looks healthy and to be growing well.
  19. I've tried top dressing of gravel and the moss came through. Im now trying a much deeper top dressing using granite gravel and so far it is moss free.
  20. There are certainly a lot of named clones out there that are not worthy of naming.
  21. You and I share the same likes for that. Apart from my location plants, most of my ceph collection has been reduced to those with unusual pitcher shapes or sizes.
  22. Hi @Bidde, I like the pitcher shape.
  23. I presume the one you have seen is the one that creates a rosette of leaves? If so, then it is not to my taste, however it is unusual and would qualify for cultivar status.