My first attempt at deflasking a cephalotus

So here is my first attempt at deflasking a cephalotus. I got this little plant like 6 months ago (give or take) but it never really developed roots so i figured it was time to take it out and see if it could survive on its own. spoiler alert: it couldn't

the little pot that i have it in has a lid so i have that on the whole time so it didnt dry out. maybe it got too much light?

does anyone have a link to a guide for deflasking cephalotus? I cant seem to find that information anywhere. also is there any hope that this plant will come back?
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Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
I haven't done it in a long time. I remember the plant was a ball of Ceph around 3 cm. which separated into lots of little plants which did well for a number of people.
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
Sorry, I think it's gone, unfortunately. This is likely caused by other fungus or bacteria eating your newly deflated plant. TC plants are submerged and spoiled with clean environment and nutrients around them, while they are not yet prepared to fight against other things the high sugar content in them may attract other things to eat them.
To acclimate a TC plant it's best to have media as clean as possible. In some challenging cases you might even be want to transfer the plants to media that has been autoclaved to ensure the survival.
 

Muckydoo

Plant
I plan on using my instant pot, and doing the pot in pot method of sterilizing my media.
I still have a Ceph in a flask I got from Willy last summer.
It's still going, and there is still gel in the flask for it to use, but I think it's time to open it up!
 
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WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
I plant on using my instant pot, and doing the pot in pot method of sterilizing my media.
I still have a Ceph in a flask I got from Willy last summer.
It's still going, and there is still gel in the flask for it to use, but I think it's time to open it up!
Good luck!!!
 

John Yates

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Yes i have the info , but doing it as a book, with many other CP plants , from pollination to T/c to de-flaking to growing on much to Lloyd's delight I'm thinking ha ha ha :) , but will be a while yet , just starting Heilamphora now, Cephs is part one already completed :) see photo below a few pots de-flasked and growing on well , did over 40 pots like this recently only a few loses .
 

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