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  1. It is always interesting when I read about the "Charles Brewer Mix", as from what Charles told me, it is not exactly what he now uses, and certain not what he orginally taught me (which is also not what now uses). I use live sphagnum in my main mix, with is otherwise similar to what is listed as Charle's mix. I don't have a problem with mouldy moss, just with it over growing the Cephs, so I harvest it for use in other pots.

    Is there a way to learn what he's using right now ? I've been happy with his mix for exactly a year now, never had any problems. It worked particularly well in winter when I didn't water my plant for 2-3 weeks.

    I use it for the %75 part of my pot; the top part is all live sphagnum.

  2. I also have mine sitting in water. I had to resort to this because it receives about 7-8 sunlight every day and the substrate can't keep up with the temperature even though it's Charles Brewer's mix (sphagnum + perlite mainly). It has responded very well, making 3 new mature pitchers whereas before it had only 1.

    I keep the water at about 3-4 cm though, nothing deep.

  3. Oh wow, where to begin!

    I love your broomensis x ordensis pot. I've never kept an ordensis but I heard it was a bit difficult! You don't seem to be having any problems :)

    I think my fave is your Derbyensis, looks very unique.

    First time I'm seeing a tokaiensis. I see there's some Utricularia in there as well. That tank is gorgeous! So inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ah my most fave drosera for sure...I kept one 2 years go. Still makes me sorta shiver to think of all the trouble I went through, trying, experimenting...Used to put a frozen bottle in there every single night to take it out in the morning, repeated for months just for this beauty!

    And it still never got as beautiful as yours. I gave up after a while and let it go...

    Thanks for the photos!

  5. Hey everyone, thank you for your input, it's wonderful to get so much feedback from more experienced growers.

    I've broken many of the Cephalotus don't's and never lost a plant due to them.

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    • I've top watered them without being careful about getting the crown wet


    I'm astonished really, what's wrong with top watering and a wet crown ? Isn't this how they get wet out there in nature ?

    I've always top watered. And I don't even water the medium only, I also water the pitchers directly from above, getting them all thoroughly wet like it's raining heavily.

  6. Hey everyone. Lately I've been thinking how hard it is to actually define a plant's needs, they just seem so adaptable. Take cephalotus for instance. I've always heard how troublesome and difficult it is to keep them, recommended only for experts.

    June, 2010


    January 2011


    Compared to my other CPs, I wouldn't call this a slow growth at all. I may be a bit of a radical grower but I've always treated them like a succulent; water often and in little amounts in summer, reduce watering in fall and water about once every 2-3 weeks in winter...I always kept them outside, never took them in during a frost or snow. I think they're very resilient when kept dry, just like succulents.

    So I'm thinking; maybe there are just basic rules to keep in mind and the rest is about "trusting" the plant ? Or have I been just lucky and it's not a good idea to keep them so dry ?

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