After a grand failure 4 years ago...time to start again. This time, via seeds Cephalotus seedling by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
Though there's only one measly speck in the picture, since then I've managed to get 2 to germinate and the first is just putting up a pitcher!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.