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Hi, please tell me if I do something wrong, my first cephalotus, growing in a 6" pot under fluorescent light for 16 hours/day. it is growing in 33%peat, 33% perlite, 33% silica sand with an 1/4" layer of silica sand on top, I have it now for 2years and it is growing beautiful, about 5 pitchers are 3/4" in size and there must be about 10 more pitchers from tiny to maybe 1/4" in the centre of the plant with the bigger pitchers sitting on top, the plant does not spread out but sit in the centre of the pot in a biggish clump of about 2" in diameter, I would like them to spread out and fill the pot, I use rain water to just damp, would appreciate your advice, thank you- Helmut

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Hi Helmut,

It sounds like you're doing everything correctly, and your plant is growing just like Cephalotus does.  What you're seeing is why they tend to be expensive, and larger plants tend to be very expensive when you find them for sale.  They grow slow, period.

You can give it a bit of a boost by feeding it some.  An easy way to do that is to take some dehydrated or frozen blood worms, put them in water, then suck some up with and eye dropper and put them in larger pitchers.  Once a month is fine for this.

Even with feeding, they don't grow very fast.  If they did you would see them on our website much more often. :)

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com

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