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Cephalotus leaves, rhizomes and roots
Poppy posted a topic in PropagationHello Everyone I have been growing Cephalotus in the UK for over 25 years now but still no expert. I have done some Googling and there is often debate over what bit of the plant is which. For the purpose of this post I am referring to both leaves and traps as leaves. I have taken leaf cuttings in the past which you can do without disturbing the mother plant so much. I get around a 80-90% strike rate. However due to now living in a flat I don't have much windowsill room I don't take leaf cuttings anymore. I have a mother plant that I have had for ages and she was in a 4 inch (10 cm) and she is now in a 7 inch pot (18 cm). I take cuttings when I repot. I mainly take crown divisions which I remove from the outer rim of the plant. Now when I say crown I mean a rosette of leaves attached to a structure that is creamy white to brown (which I shall call a rhizome) that is usually below the potting medium. Now sometimes this "rhizome" in a bigger plant can be dark brown and sometimes a bit hairy and partly above the potting medium. In both the cases the cutting may have roots, or may not. When I say "roots" I am referring to the thinner parts of the plant below the "rhizomes" usually the same colour. Now then I have this year in January I had 8 crown divisions all of which have taken and a few have put out some new growth. As a few bits fell off I tried to take three "root" cuttings and put them horizontally in a pot covered by a centimetre of potting medium. All three have struck and have popped small leaves above the surface. I now wish I had taken pictures but here is one I found that I think make my ramblings clearer, it is on the website below. On this website it talks about root cuttings but it then refers to them as rhizome cuttings interestingly. https://carnivorousplantresource.com/the-plants/australian-pitcher-plant/ Any thoughts? I would appreciate any suggestions but a botanical slant would be good. Keep yourselves safe and happy growing Peace Adam
I was looking into springtails and other soil fauna that could help to boost the health of carnivorous plants. Now springtails can help to keep some fungi at bay and act as food, this got me thinking about mycorrhizal fungi. Many of the other plants I grow will do better with a fungal friend in the soil a few will not even grow without them as needed to help with the uptake of nutrients. Now most cp's have little need for root uptake of things like nitrogen so do they also lack mycorrhizal fungi. I have seen people growing cp's in many things from peat to non-peat I myself am growing in pure sphagnum moss some live some chopped and such. Even chopped up to a mulch I would think any mycorrhizal fungi would find it hard to get a foot hold where as peat is great for such things as long as not too acidic. Now the flora and fauna for a growing medium can change from one side of a field to the other and I was thinking could this explain why some growers have poor results in growing some cp's even when following the steps outlined by others that have had better results. Does anyone have info on what endophytes cp's have (I know it will change from species to species) but lacking the need for nutrient uptake by the roots may not rule out some other beneficial effect they may have.
Leggy Little Things
Little-Bacchus posted a topic in DroseraI have a few lost D. capensis seeds sending up shoots but they are from deep down in the sphagnum moss, problem is they are very leggy with thin white stems of about 1cm+. Will they, if re-potted deeper and the stems in the dark root from the stems or are they just likely to rot. I have six healthy little seedlings but would like to save these ones as well if I can. I know they are only D. capensis but I'm hooked.