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  1. Hi, since last year I made some experiments.

    For this I used my normal mixture, ( Mischung) peat, Perlite, sand and cocos and normal earth from the forest (Walderde). It has broadleaf and coniferous trees there. I added peat (about 1%) to it.

    To me it looks so far as that Walderde is a bit better in growing than my normal mixture. The dates you can see on the stickers or pics.



    I planted a little Ceph. (Stöckl) on 27//2015 in Walderde. I took the picture before I covered the surface with sand (1-3 mm)so that the substrate is visible.


    So it looks now (17/2/2016



  2. I use a special floodlight. Christian Ritter of the G.F:P is selling these lamps. There are 2 Nicha CoB LED with 33 W each. It is only in use during the wintertime in my conservatory to give more light to the Cephalotus for a better color. Could be working if you mount the floodlight above a terrarium or aquarium.



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  3. Hi,

    as far as I know Andy had the seed direkt from a person from Australia.

    On 10/9/2014 he wrote: You are the only person other than me to have this stock in Europe to my knowledge.

    @ Dimitar where do you get you seed or plants from ?


  4. Hi,

    I like to show a plant from the Location called Donelly River. I bought this one from Andy.

    During the wintertime all my Ceph. grow in a unheated conservatoy. This year I used LED`s and the colour was very good.The variation was from red to almost black.


  5. Hi,
    I harvested the seed mid August and sowed it without stratification in Sphagnum. The first little plants I saw 16.12.14. The Sphagnum grew faster than the plants so I pottet them in peat/Perlite/sand and cocos fibre.
    On the second pic you can see how the plants look now.
    On 7.8.14 John (Snapperhead51) send me some seeds. The letter arrived in Germany after 1 1/2 month from AUS.
    I sowed it the same day but nothing can been seen so far. So I´m waiting.......


  6. This year I had the sam phenomennon.

    I moved my Ceph. to a south facing terrasse in april.

    Then at end of august  some plants (Wilhelma, Typical, ) almost died but now they start to recover. Now they building new leafs and pitchers.



  7. Hi, I´m living at the south ramp of the Black Forest. In summer I cultivate my Cephalotus on a south facing patio. Here I have temperatures going up to 38°C for days. So what happens here. Some Cephalotus turning almost green, some are reddish and others are red/dark red. Even cultivars like Eden Black (3 pots), Adrian Slack (4 pots) etc. are of different color. They all have the same substrat, same sun and rainwater. 

    It seems that Cepalotus does not react like other plants in some ways. I have a great collection of Tillandsias and also other Bromelidads.Specifically the leaves of Bromelidads turns to almost dark red. This is a protection agains the sun. In wintertimes the same plants are green.

    In southern Brazil I was able to observe that Echinodorus (waterplants) are green in the summertime and as soon as the water getting colder ( 14-16°C) the leaves turn red. This phenomenon I see on C. when the temperatures here are dropping down. At  temperatures between + 2 - 7°C  I have the darkes plants. 

    I post some pics of some of my plants.





  8. Hi,

    I made very good experience with carnisana.

    I ordered 2013/12/31. The order was proofed 2014/1/4. I payed 2014/1/7. Was informed of the shipment 2014/1/8. The plants arrived today 2014/1/13.

    The plants where in a very good condition. They send me one extra plant - not the cheapest from their list.


  9. Hi,

    my metode:

    leaf cuttig in destilled water. As soon as the roots are about 2-4 mm I put them in a pot with my substrae. Therefore I dig a hole in it. Just a little bit bigger than the roots. In a different pot I put a bit peat and add water to it till the peat is liquid.Then the cutting into the hole and fill it up with the liquid peat. This way the ittle leafs don´t get hurt.


  10. Hi,

    as I wrote in my introduction that I started this hobby again 2 years ago. In September 2012 I bought on ebay UK a Big Boy. Maybe 2 days later I received a mail from Italy, that this plant could be a fake. I mailed this matter to the company from which I had the plant. They answered that the plant which I bought was a real Big Boy. The reason for the mail they said could be, that they are cheaper than the company from Italy.

    I think there are a lot of fakes of the diffferent clones are on the market. Why ? To make money. Sorry but I think this is a fact.


  11. Hello,

    some month ago I saw on Ebay UK that someone was selling a Cep. follicularis "Wilhelma" for a lot f mony. It was said that this clone was made by the Wilhelma/Germany. This is a botanical garden and zoo in Stuttgart/Germany not far from my home.

    I never heard about this clone and called the gardner at the Wihelm who is responsible for the cephalotus. He told me that this clone was not bred by them. There first cephalotus Gigant they had was bought from Carow. So the Wilhelma is to my opinon nothing else as the gigant clone from Carow. The gardner said also there is someone who likes to make much money with a fantasy name and the great thing is, fools buy the plant.


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  12. My name is Harro. Ì´m living on the south ramp of the Black Forest. Swisserland is only some hundred meter away on the other side of the river Rhine. My first carnivorous plant I had about 45 years ago. At this time almost nobody in Germany was interesting in this plants. It was also difficult to get information of keeping and to get them. Then I got to university and start to work. From this time on I stopped keeping them. Now I retired and start this hobby again. When I checked the internet about 2 years ago I was very astonished that so many species are on the market.

    Beside the Canivours have about 100 species of tillandsias and a lot of hardy orchids.