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I bought a ceph from ebay a few months ago. It was in a very small pot and I was too scared to repot it. But its health slowly started to decline. Some of the plant's pitchers turned yellow, moldy and eventually died. I knew there was something wrong so I repotted it. When I took it out of the small pot most of its roots were rotten. I planted it in a bigger pot in a mix of sphagnum peat moss and perlite. After I repotted it was growing well but then I found slow release fertiliser pellets in the old ceph soil that was still around the roots so I removed them. 

I would like to know if I did anything wrong and what it was.

 Sincerely Aviv

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It doesn't sound like you did anything wrong. Some CP dealers DO add a 14-14-14 osmocoat pellet or 2 in when they re-pot. I believe Green Jaws does that and California Carnivores too IIRC. When I re-potted my ceph a few weeks ago half the pitchers died but about 5 new ones started growing almost immediately.

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