Post by partisangardener on Dec 1, 2015 10:00:47 GMT -5
I wonder what age pitchers may reach? I have two on my first plant which I got in May 2014. The biggest Pitchers then, where already open. They are still alive just now. Last year about this time I changed the planting pot. For that purpose I turned it upside down. Maybe all liquid, but some for certain wetted my fingers. What is the maximum age you experienced?
These two pitchers are on the right side of my oldest Cephalotus. They are here in the center the second one just behind.
Post by partisangardener on Dec 13, 2015 5:51:02 GMT -5
I recently had some fungal growth in some of the traps of this vigorous Cephalotus with this very old living traps. It was mid November when I discovered something which looked like cotton candy. From my experience I could tell this is no mold, though the picture looks very suspicious.
The moss was growing up to the peristome and probably the symbiotic fungus of the moss had found a liking of the sweet stuff.
I took some of it with a small paint brush and put it on two seeds I had already staying in this pot. Some of those fungi deliver some phytohormone which might help with germination in plant species which are not so easy to propagate. Not very scientific but I am an artist not a scientist.
Here are pictures of the discovery and about 4 weeks later. I will watch closely if this affects the age of this pitcher. But as fast as it grows now this special pitcher will be covered completely by new growth. Maybe this fungus works even as mycorrhiza fungus for the Cephalotus.
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5