Black/Purple Cephalotus Clone, These are clones of a unregistered clone (J.J) that develops a much deeper coloration than typical cephalotus varieties. Newly forming pitchers are a deeper green with reddish hue that reaches a deep red before opening. As the pitchers age the coloration gets deeper until it reaches a dark purple/off black.
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About this Cephalotus Clone :
Although the specific parentage is not known, we know that it did originate from seeds from Eden Black that were open pollinated amoung various giant forms... Not very specific but regardless, this variety develops a deep purple coloration and pitchers have been observed over 2" on healthy, older plants.
Basic Cephalotus Grow Guide :
Lighting : We recommend using Fluorescent Grow Lights indoors however an outdoor greenhouse can be the perfect place as well. Under bright light these will develop deep red and even purple tones with white and green contrasts. With more diffused light such as a south facing window, pitchers will grow larger but will be predominately green.
Watering : Use reverse osmosis, distilled or purified water. The easiest way is to place your cephalotus pot in a tray with about 1/4 inch of water, allowing it to completely dry out before its next watering. Alternatively, it can be placed on a capillary mat which will take care of watering for you or you can top water but take care not to overwater as the surface roots are soft and can be damage from over watering.
Temperature : The optimal daytime temperature should be in the 70's or 80's with a 10-20 degree drop during nights. These can become acclimated to slightly warmer or cooler temperatures with age or optimal humidity levels to support variance in temperatures.
Soil : We ship ours potted in a layered mix of carnivorous plant soils. The core of each pot is filled with a blend of sphagnum peat moss with lots of sand and a bit of perlite. We use our nepenthes mix along the outside of the pot. This ensures soil under the plant will not become to saturated with water but the surrounding blend of long fibered moss & peat will retain water. If you are new to growing these, think of this mix as a "comfort zone". Allowing for a bit less care than recommended.
Quickly becoming one ofmy favorites
I got my cephalotus about 3 months ago and it has impressed me more and more everyday. The medium used for potting is the perfect mix for cephalotus as well. You will want to add this one to your collection.
Great looking plant with a good amount of growth and nice color shipped quickly and arrived in flawless condition as described :)
Just got my Adult Ceph today.
It is BEAUTIFUL !!!
This has become one of my favorites in the carnivorous plant world. They look very exotic and are relatively easy to care for. I have mine under a Kind LED and it has developed an amazing purple coloring.