Carnivorous Plants/Cephalotus


Hello guys,

I have cephalotus at my home I lieve in Puerto Rico . Mynquiestion is : cephalotus need to go dormancy to hibernate ? But how ? Should I put my ceph into the fridge for 3 motnh like I donwith my fly trapa or cephalotus can lieve all year round in a terrarium ?

Hi Gabriel,

Cephalotus dormancy is triggered by photoperiod.  They don't need the kind of cold dormancy that North American cp do.  I've grown them in a large terrarium under lights with no induced dormancy for years.  They just don't bloom if the daylight cycle doesn't change.

If you want to mess around with the photoperiod, look up the day length for Perth, Australia in summer and winter.  Change the light cycle for your plant to match that and see what happens.

I don't recommend any kind of refrigerator dormancy.  That is very risky for Cephalotus.  It's hard enough to successfully do it with Venus Flytraps, and they are not as delicate.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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