I don't know when we will have more Cephalotus for sale, as we have to grow more, and time is limited at the moment, so please don't ask. Just check back here from time to time. Cephalotus follicularis, also called the Australian pitcher plant or Albany pitcher plant, is perhaps the most desired carnivorous plant. It grows in compact rosettes of extremely complex, hearty pitchers that develop deep red coloration in heavy sunlight. They are very slow-growing, and are more difficult to successfully grow than most other carnivores. However, for an experienced grower, this is an extremely rewarding plant.
REPOTTING: When re-potting your Cephalotus follicularis you should use a mixture of 75% Sphagnum peat moss and 25% propagating sand or perlite. Wet this mix thoroughly through first before potting your plant into it. The best time to re-pot is in the spring when the plants are doing most of their growing. Use a large deep pot for the plant, and mound it up on top of the surface.
WATERING: Do not ever let your Cephalotus dry out, they like to be wet all the time. During Spring, Summer and Autumn sit it in a saucer of water, changing the water frequently. The water should cover the drainage holes of the pot. If your water is good enough to drink straight from the tap, then this is alright to use on your plant. If not you should use either rain, distilled or reverse osmosis water. In winter do not let the plant dry out but don’t leave it sitting in water all the time.
FERTILIZING: Do not fertilize with flies or insects. We feed with Seasol. To one litre of water, put 4 ml of Seasol. DO NOT use any other fertilisers. We use this mix every 8 weeks from Spring to Autumn either watered onto the growing medium, or poured into the water tray beneath the pot.
LIGHT: Cephalotus require a medium level of light. A window sill inside the house that gets morning sun in summer and afternoon sun in winter is an excellent position. Otherwise you can grow them in a terrarium, greenhouse, glasshouse or porch.
HUMIDITY: Cephalotus like humidity. A terrarium or glasshouse will provide this. But a warm sunny window sill will give you enough heat for the plant to survive.
DORMANCY: During winter your Cephalotus will go into their dormancy period. They will stop growing but will not die back. Cut off any dead leaves/pitchers at the base of the plant. In spring the plants will send up their new leaves and pitchers.
FUNGUS: Watch for fungus on Cephalotus. They are very prone to it. Lots of fresh air will help with this.
Sulphur based fungicides are alright to use on carnivorous plants. Copper based fungicides are deadly to carnivorous plants.
We use a product called "eco-fungicide" in a trigger spray bottle.