The experiment has been quite positive so far. I can’t say that the plants thrive, but they produce pitchers and certainly don’t appear to be in survival mode.
A nicely sized pitcher has just opened on the smallest specimen. Both plants are making new carnivorous leaves—Cephalotus also make flat, non-carnivorous leaves—and they are now accustomed to their new growing conditions. That’s a relief. The viability of a tree fern panel for long-term growing is still a mystery though. I’m also curious about the future shape of the plants on that vertical growing surface.
Late May – Early June 2017
During the first few weeks after such a stress, one looks for signs, either of growth or of decline. Luckily, it’s the former. Much to my amazement, both plants are developing new roots, and the right one is making a pitcher. Cephalotus are capricious plants so eveything can still happen, but it’s hard not to be satisfied.
After a couple of years of growth in a regular plastic pot, I decided to transplant my ‘Hummer’s Giant’ to a tree fern panel, that I would install in my new highland terrarium, vertically. Totally experimental, and a first, I guess. Doing so, I know I would probably not get the biggest pitchers, but it sure can look amazing if it works. After all, C. follicularis does grow on rather steep surfaces in its habitat. Also, I read somewhere that the cultivar did not require a winter dormancy, so it should be fine in a terrarium. So much for reassuring myself… 😉