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  1. Hi guys, I'm ressurecting this thread as I have got around to putting my money & Cephalotus were my mouth/fingers is/are, eventually. Let the experiment begin!

    I will only be using two of my Cephalotus typical leaf pull/cuttings at first for now, as I only have the ability to make a 1:1 peat/perlite mix at the moment. A bad lack of supplies at present, will be rectified in the next couple of weeks, so as I can try some variations in substrate. It will be interesting to see how quickly the standard substrate drys in the air-pots first.

    Anyway, below is a pic of my Ceph typical cuttings queing up to volunteer themselves for air-pot duty.

    There can only be two, the rest are getting potted in 7cm pots. They are small I know, but I wanted to start them off in air-pots from scratch to see how well they grow.


    I will be using one litre air-pots measuring 10cm diameter by 14.5 high assembled.


    The base is a bit open for my liking, so I used some clay pellets about 2 cm deep to help hold in the substrate & allow some more airflow around the base.


    Here is the first volunteer, I shall call it exibit 1.


    Exibit 1 after a dipping in trichoderma powder. Its a little to much, but if I shake or tap them the roots fall off.


    Exibit 1 potted up & ready to grow, hopefully.


    Now the second volunteer, which will be known as Exibit 2.


    Exibit 2 after a dip in Trichoderma.


    Exibit 2 potted up.


    Due to the never ending winter, I have converted an old 2 sq foot vivarium to house my Cephs until the jetstream gets back from its extended holiday down south. Light is provided by a 35w Lotus soft light cfl bulb, I have a daylight version, bust I think I will stick with the soft light for the moment as I dont want to lull them into a false sense that the sun may actually make an appearence this summer.

    I also have uvb reptile bulb rigged up for a couple of hours a day, not sure of any growth benefits from it, but it certainly helps keep any powdery mildew at bay. I will post some pics soon, thanks for reading.


  2. Some very interesting ideas being brought up here. I never considered the net pots for Cephalotus, as I was always concerned about the roots getting entangled in the mesh. I had considered using terracotta pots in another container lined with various airy substrates, perlite, clay pebbles, charcoal, gravel for instance, but never got around to it.

    It seems I may have some work ahead of me to get these ideas up & running. It will be interesting to see if there is any difference between Air-pots & Net-pots surrounded by various substrates. Probably not & may be an experiment in futility, but should be buzz to find out if there is method in my madness!

    I think I'm going to need more Cephalotus to do this?



  3. I find that Cephalotus tend to grow well in net pots, I think this is due to the extra aeration the roots get. I guess that air-Pots could have the same benefit.

    Yeh thats it, exactly my line of thinking. Also due to the design of the pots, I was wondering if they could be used like a heatink. I realise that they are plastic & not metal, but the the surface area is much greater, so in conjunction with the airation, should keep things nice & cool. I think I may be getting little elaborate with this idea, but will give it a go anyway.

    In regards to the net pots, do you place them in another container or do you use them in the hydroponic sense?


  4. Update below

    Hi Guys,

    I was checking out the interweb today, with regards to potting on a Ceph & I chanced upon these Airpots.


    Airpots Explained

    I was thinking of trying one out as an experiment & I am just throwing the idea out into the ether, for thoughts & opinions.

    These Airpots may be an interesting experiment in regards to Cephalotus, but I'm not sure if they would be of any benefit for other CP's?



    'Seeker of Cephalotus clones'

  5. Possible due to the urea it contains.

    Well, not to extract the urine or such :devious: I wont be eating or smoking my Cephs.

    Your point is taken & I do understand the risk, but it works for me!

    I woudnt use it on anything I intend to injest, just in case, although other gardeners advocate the stuff, especially in regards to leafy veg. But then there are others who dont.

    I only spray the plants once a month & havent had any problems yet, fingers crossed!

    I would be grateful for any further input regarding this urine extract, SB Plant Invigorator, especially in regards to the use of it on CPs

    Thanks & best regards


    If we could all agree on something, the world would be a much more agreeable place!

  6. Hi Guys, thanks for your replies.

    This Cephalotus had a troubled start in life, thanks to a dodgy bag of moss peat. The problem was only rectified due to noticing other plants obtained around the end of July 2010, taking a major nosedive into oblivion.

    I took the first pic just after repotting it & has been doing well ever since. Well it did require some tlc, trichoderma & another one of my favorite substances to abuse, SB Plant Invigorator


    I love this stuff, I use it for everything. Great as a foliar feed & also as a bug/mildew (aphids,scale,spider mite) repellent/killer.

    A word of caution though, do not use at full strength, as it seems to turn plants into mutants, half strength is the strongest I have used, but would still use it a bit weaker than that.

    In saying the above, I have still managed to murder a few Cephs over the last year, all due to small pots & forgeting to water while away for a while. Thankfully managed to resurrect a few Big Boys from leaf cuttings & remaining roots that had survived the neglect. These are really only starting to kick into life now, 5 months after the initial disaster.

    Anyway, thats all for now, thanks for reading.


  7. Well James, I did speak to soon, I asked for that. I should not have mentioned my insect concerns in my original post.

    The sun is splitting the trees today & every bug has gone into party mode. Fruit flies have certainly appeared in large quantities in the last couple of weeks.

    In regards to the weather, we have had the wettest July for 40 years, August was not much better, but the large amount of rain has indeed been helpful in certain ways, plenty of water for plants!

    Whether there are plenty of insects or not, is beside the point, its not really what I am trying to find out. I am just curious as to what other CP growers use as a fertilizer, if any at all, besides the normal insect food & also if any growers have used the above mentioned products.

    Basically, I would like to put a list together of which fertilizers are good/safe to use on CP's & also what anti pest/fungus products are best to use.

  8. Hi all,

    Im just curious to know what fertilizers you use for your CP's, if you do use them?

    Do you use different fertilizers for different plants or one for all?

    In what quantities & how do you distribute the fertilizer to the plants?

    I have the following plant elixers (used for non CP's), & I would be interested to know if anybody has used them for CP's

    1. SB Plant Invigorator

    2. Miracle-Grow (Standard)

    3. Miracle-Grow (Ericaceous)

    4. Orchid Focus

    5. Baby Bio

    This is just a bit of research on my part, to satisfy a curiosity.

    I do understand that insects are the best food, but due to another wash out of a summer in Ireland, insects seem to be a lot more scarce than normal!

    Best regards


  9. Hi,

    I was looking for some peat for re-potting next year, just browsing round the local garden centre and B+Q whist getting other bits and I couldn't find just peat? Peat with nothing added for extra growth etc etc. Would I be correct in thinking that CP's need just peat with nothing added or will anything do. I have perlite and sand and a good number of different peat free type of composts but where can I get just peat these days and is that what I really need?



    Hi Si, yes bog standard moss peat (excuse the pun), more specifically is your only option. The vast majority of CP's will not tolerate any neutrients in their substrate, so avoid any moss peat with additives, it will kill your plants.

    try & get sphagnum moss peat, as it usually doesnt have a load of extra crap in it.

    Im in Ireland & B&Q dont sell ordinary moss peat on principal, because of the destruction of bogs. But saying that, they do sell peat based compost, confused??

    Heres a few named varieties you could try & find in a garden centre near you?


    Arthur Bowers

    Moorland gold

    I hope that is of some help.

    regards Mark V

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