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Cephalotus 'Hummer's Giant' (from cuttings, juvenile)

Cephalotus Cephalotus


This cultivar was selected by John Hummer in 2000. Caracterized by the larger size of the pitchers which can reach 6 cm to 8 cm and the erected lid. Flowering: 6/8, small white flowers.


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To cultivate these carnivorous plants, hold the following 4 advices.

1 - Repotting : as soon as buying, in a large pot fitted with plastic saucer or in a tray with water tank gauged. Do not be afraid by ridicule, it requires a depth of 20 to 40 cm minimum, and as much on the sides, whether for a single plant or four. The repotting is done every four years, renewing only the substrate.

2 - Substrate : only composed of 50% of natural peat moss (certainely not brown peat) without any addition, + 50% sand for aquarium bought in an aquarium store. Thoroughly mix the 2 elements and waterlogged.

3 - Watering : preferably use two kinds of water: rainwater harvested of course in a non-polluted area, or demineralized water (not flavored) which serves to irons steam and batteries. Let dip the base of the pot in 2 to 3 cm of water from the beginning of May to October. For pots with water reserve, place the water level to a quarter of the height gauge. In winter, from November to April, do not let water in the saucer, just keep the soil barely moist:  touch it with your index finger, a trace of moisture should remain on the finger. Watering should be done during this period on the top of the substrate. For Drosophyllum, from May to November the upper layer of the substrate must pull away from sides of pot between two waterings. For Cephalotus for which assesses high hygrometry, the plant can be covered by a glass bell.

4 - Light : essential to the growth of carnivorous plants, otherwise you will see your plants being deformed and pass from life to death.
Keep them in the house all year long and put them near the windows at 10 or 15 cm of the glass at the same level as the latter. Temperatures must be between 5 °C and 15 °C, for 2 or 3 months in winter and between  10 °C and 35 °C the rest of the year. They can grow well in a conservatory or greenhouse, if the temperatures are respected.


Never do it. Never believe.

Never spray the plants with water.

No fertilizer, they are frugal.

Do not feed with insects nor with chopped meat. They won't die of hunger, their roots allow them to draw water, and small amounts of minerals contained in the peat. The supplement is made by the catched preys.

For more information, do not send regular mail but phone to +(33) in french or send e-mail to nature-et-paysages@mipnet.com

CultureHigh temperature in winter above 18 °C
Difficulty levelEnthusiast
Frost sensitiveYes (no resistance)
Expositionhalf shady
Number of plant per pot1
Growth stageJuvenile

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