- Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:59 pm
Historically, I've grown Cephalotus primarily in a peat mix that is very heavy on 12 grit silica sand, somewhere around 2/3 sand to 1/3 peat. That is my preferred mix. However, now we primarily grow our Cephalotus out of tissue culture in New Zealand long-fiber sphagnum and they really enjoy growing in that as well.
The key with Cephalotus seems to be allowing the soil to stay as aerated as possible. They do not like compacted, anaerobic soil. Long fiber sphagnum stays "airy" naturally for quite a long time before breaking down and becoming anaerobic. And a peat-based mix is typically anaerobic by nature, but having enough sand or perlite in the peat mix (60% or more to 40% or less peat) will allow for good soil aeration that Cephalotus enjoy.
Leave the meat for our pet plants