• Many growers regard Cephalotus Follicularis, also known as the Australian pitcher plant, as the crown jewel of their collection
  • Recommended for those carni enthusiasts with a little more experience -this fascinating plant is extremely slow growing and produces two types of leaves - non-carnivorous leaves are produced during springtime followed by the toothy-peristome pitchers that resembles a boxing glove in summer
  • As a native to a small stretch of coast in Western Australia, it can be grown outdoors in very mild regions of South Africa throughout the year, we recommend a sunny windowsill with 4-6 hours direct sunlight at the very least

Plant care:

  • Cephalotus generally grows very slowly and can be a bit temperamental
  • In preference of stable conditions, they are excellent candidates for a north facing windowsill with a couple of hours direct (unfiltered) morning sun. If grown outside, semi shade will be just fine - they can tolerate high daytime temperatures (up to 35°C) as long as they experience cool nights
  • Due to their slow growing nature, albany pitchers are also perfect for open terrariums and paludariums.  Be careful about disturbing and/or overheating the roots - Cephalotus is notorious for sulking (dropping pitchers and leaves) for a couple of months after repotting 
  • Proper drainage is extremely important: Water your plant via the soil (to the side of the pot) and let the water run through, try not to get the leaves/pitchers wet. Ensure proper ventilation to deter powdery mildew - in our experience prevention is much easier than treatment
  • If watering via the tray method, let the tray dry between waterings to prevent root rot - keep the soil only damp to the touch
  • Although this plant is technically a warm temperate perennial (requires a short winter dormancy), it adapts well to indoor/windowsill growing. In winter, cool house temperatures of 15°-20°C and short daylight hours are enough to give this plant a short winter rest.  Protect during wintertime and never let the soil freeze
  • Due to their finicky nature, all forms of cephalotus follicularis is recommended for the more experienced carnivorous plant enthusiast

Quick care reference guide:


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