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Cephalotus follicularis, Australian Pitcher Plant, live carnivorous plant, potted

Cephalotus follicularis, Australian Pitcher Plant, live carnivorous plant, potted


Cephalotus are referred to as peanut pitchers due to the shape of their traps. They are able to produce both carnivorous and non-carnivorous leaves. They are small and compact making them excellent windowsill candidates. The variety seems to produce lots of pitchers with few leaves.

Plants are currently in a 3.5" green pot.

Cephalotus care: Cephalotus are petite, low growing pitcher plants native to Australia. They are found only in a small area along the Western coastline on rocky cliffs. They have a reputation for being difficult to keep but they are actually quite easy when you know what they prefer. They can tolerate a wide range of light. We tend to keep ours in near full sun to maintain their nice red coloration but they will also do well in lower light conditions and even under grow lights. Like all carnivorous plants, they need rain, RO, or distilled water (or low TDS tap water). You may top water them or water from the bottom but they DO NOT like to sit in water constantly as they are not bog plants. We like to water them from the top until the water drains out of the holes in the bottom of the pot and the soil is moist. You can also set the pot in a tray of water until the plant has soaked up what it can (approximately 5 mins) but remember to remove the plant from the tray and let the excess water drain out (as too much water can rot the roots). They do not like their roots disturbed so take care to be gentle when repotting and only repot once the plant has filled it’s current pot. We use our peat blend when potting Cephalotus. They are not picky about humidity. They can, also, withstand a wide range of temperatures. We like to keep ours between 50F in the winter and 82F in the summer.

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