tannerm wrote:I'll take that Eden black off your hands
haha... it took a while and some stress for me from the uncertainty to get to this point.
coffeenflowers wrote:Did you have 2 growth points on your FTS ceph to start? Did you not like growing them in the LFSM they came in?
Anyway, nice plants! I hope to have an EB one day after I gain more experience growing my typicals.
The FTS Ceph actually had 3 growth points but one is very small. It got lost, probably buried, when I re-potted the plant. I noticed it after and I didn't want to re-pot it again for fear that I will put additional stress on the plant.
I still use pure sphagnum moss with my venus flytraps that I water using the tray method but I decided to go with peat/Perlite mix on the Cephalotus. I have read quite a few comment about how their Cephs dying suddenly for no apparent reason. I did a lot of reading about the basics of soil science and how water moves through soil. I believe that a soil that has a constant perched water table that is stagnant has a higher likelihood that anaerobic zones in the soil can form. I believe that this anaerobic zone can sit in the soil for quite some time without harming the plant but once disturbed, it can quickly make its way up to the root zone. I have read a number of comment from people who said that the sudden death started right after watering. I do not know if it is just coincidence or not but this seems to support my theory since watering does disturb the soil. This is also a carry over knowledge that I have from reef aquariums where we setup a deep sand bed to encourage anaerobic conditions to consume nitrates. These anaerobic conditions can safely sit within the aquarium system as long as it is not disturbed.
I chose to go with the peat/Perlite mix because I felt more comfortable being able to water from the top and let it run down and out of the holes at the bottom of the pot. This ensures that the entire growing medium is well oxygenated and well aerated since the act of watering pulls fresh air into the soil. This also ensures that if ever anaerobic zones form in the soil, by letting the water run down and out to the bottom, it will effectively flush out these deadly zones every time I water the plant.