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After a grand failure 4 years ago...time to start again. This time, via seeds

If you don't mind explaining/linking-to what happened 4 years ago? I've only been. Keeping Cephalotus for 1 year and I've heard that they hate life. So naturally I am nervous with the upcoming repotting. 😬
 
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There's this thing called sudden collapse syndrome with Cephalotus, particularly a few months after a repot. That's all I have. Reasons why I could not say.
And no, seeds are not hard to germinate, they're just seasonally primed; they will tend to only sprout come winter or spring.
 

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Sorry to hear about your loss. Interesting to see that the seedlings go straight for pitchers. Looks like you adjusted your media. What's the mix you are using now?
 
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At least two so far have made photosynthetic leaves first as demonstrated by one photo, there's no rule for what leaves are made first. And the media I mix for all my plants is peat, perlite, and blasting abrasive, just in varying quantities judged by eye depending on what their habitat is like; Cephalotus live in well-drained sandy places generally.
 
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There are no crosses in a genus with only one species, just as in Dionaea. Any and all seeds are typical plants unless they display their own unique traits.
 

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HC, I just noticed your response. Even as I knew this about Cephalotus Follicularis, it had never occurred to me to ask the deeper question. Can you help us laypersons understand cultivars in a plant with only one species? 🤔
 
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A cultivar definition does not change whether a genus has one species or many; it's a registered name for a cultivated variety that someone has deemed worthy of recognition. It is appearance-based almost exclusively (sometimes with particulars about parentage where certain clones or species are concerned just to help maintain unique recognition), not tied to genetics or hybridization etc.
 
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