Carnivorous Plants/Cephalotus

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Hi Jeff, on my Cephalotus I got from you I think I may have some white mold. I seen a little on a couple leaves which I wiped off and also on the crown. I can't tell if it's mold or just their little hairs on the crown. Anyway, would it be good to use my sulfur based spray and treat the plant? Thanks.

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Hi Jason,

Cephalotus are super prone to powdery mildew just like squash and many other plants get.  If you see it pop up, do spray the sulfur as a preventative.  It also helps to pour water over the top of the plant in the morning when you water.  It helps to keep new fungal spores from getting a start on leaves.  Just like many orchids you just don't want the crown of the plant to stay wet for long periods, so that is why morning is best to do this.  

We were battling the mildew big-time in the past, but when Jacob switched to using LFS for the media and was top-watering the Cephalotus just like the Nepenthes, the problem really turned around.  Powdery mildew can be very resistant to fungicides so prevention is better than cure.

Good Growing!

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

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