Species Of The Genus Cephalotus

Cephalotus is a monotypic genus. The only species is C. follicularis Labill.

CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS Planting Media

Sphagnum moss (living or non-living), sphagnum peat moss, mixtures of sand with sphagnum peat moss. Living sphagnum moss tends to overgrow Cephalotus plants when they are young; therefore, the moss needs regular pruning. But it does provide a beautiful green background for the reddish maroon pitchers and leaves.

Temperatures

Range from 38-95°F (3-35°C). Plants can survive a light frost. Cephalotus will grow well at constant temperatures of 70-85°F (21-29°C) the year around. We keep our plants at 38-40°F (3-4°C) during the winter while summer temperatures reach 95°F (35°C) or more. In their native habitat, temperatures are lower in winter than in summer. Our plants are thriving and produce flowers each year.

Dormancy

There seems to be no dormancy requirement. Water & Humidity

Keep soil damp or wet during the growing season or summer and if, during the winter, the plants are maintained at low temperatures such as in the 40-60°F (4-16°C) range, keep the soil drier. Light

Plants grown in full sunlight are smaller than those grown in shade or indirect sunlight, but they have a beautiful red to maroon coloration which is absent on those grown in diffuse light. To get large plants with red coloration, grow the plants in indirect light to obtain large robust plants and then, gradually expose plants to stronger light to develop the dramatic coloration.

When growing Cephalotus under artificial lights start with 1000-1500 foot candles with a 12-16 hour day.

Pests

The only pests we have had are aphids and Botrytis. See Chapter 8 for treatment.

Feeding

Feed as per instructions in Chapter 7. Miscellaneous

Plant Cephalotus in wide pots. If given plenty of space horizontally they are more likely to send out secondary rhizomes which produce more plants.

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