#### Shoggoths

##### Carnivore

Hello gang,

Long time, no post ... let's take care of this.

For the past years, I've been working on a set-up that would allow my cephalotus to bloom. I had some difficulties finding all the information on light amount and dimensions. So, here are the details of my set-up.

Willy help me with the lights. He builds me two 50 watts LED daylight white. The area is 2' X 4' and the high is 2'.

The light are really strong. The ceph are still acclimating to the new lights and are not growing as strong as they did under lower light conditions but some are already looking nice.

If I take light measurement with the lightmeter app I install on my phone and calibrate with noon sun, the cephs get between 7500 and 4500 lx.

The top of the pots are at 23 inches from the light.

Last Autumn, I started an annual light fluctuation. I decreased the light duration at 8 hours per day at the end of December. I'm now increasing it by 1 hour per month. I'll give it a little boost at the end of June to reach 16 hours for 2 weeks then I'll start to decreased it again to reach 8 hours for Christmast.

Here's the result for all this work.

I'm really happy to have flowers under artificial light. The stalk are 16 inches long and the flowers are fully open.

Now, it is brush time

I almost forgot the water schedule. Once a week, I fill the plastic bin to the rim and wait a few minutes. With a siphon, I lower the water until the bin is empty. Easily done. That way, I do not put water on the ceph but get all the media wet. I think it also give some air intake around the roots. I'll probably repot some pot this summer and will be able to see if the roots look healthy.

Happy growing!

Long time, no post ... let's take care of this.

For the past years, I've been working on a set-up that would allow my cephalotus to bloom. I had some difficulties finding all the information on light amount and dimensions. So, here are the details of my set-up.

Willy help me with the lights. He builds me two 50 watts LED daylight white. The area is 2' X 4' and the high is 2'.

The light are really strong. The ceph are still acclimating to the new lights and are not growing as strong as they did under lower light conditions but some are already looking nice.

If I take light measurement with the lightmeter app I install on my phone and calibrate with noon sun, the cephs get between 7500 and 4500 lx.

The top of the pots are at 23 inches from the light.

Last Autumn, I started an annual light fluctuation. I decreased the light duration at 8 hours per day at the end of December. I'm now increasing it by 1 hour per month. I'll give it a little boost at the end of June to reach 16 hours for 2 weeks then I'll start to decreased it again to reach 8 hours for Christmast.

Here's the result for all this work.

I'm really happy to have flowers under artificial light. The stalk are 16 inches long and the flowers are fully open.

Now, it is brush time

I almost forgot the water schedule. Once a week, I fill the plastic bin to the rim and wait a few minutes. With a siphon, I lower the water until the bin is empty. Easily done. That way, I do not put water on the ceph but get all the media wet. I think it also give some air intake around the roots. I'll probably repot some pot this summer and will be able to see if the roots look healthy.

Happy growing!

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