The Albany Pitcher Plant
The only species in the genus, The Albany Pitcher Plant is Cephalotus follicularis a small carnivorous plant with wonderful patterned pitchers.
Cephalotus follicularis Care
This is a species that tolerated cold nighttime temperatures, down to 2C and up to 40C. It can cope with light frosts but is best grown between around 6C and 35C
- Growing Medium
Try a mixture of 3 parts Sphagnum Moss and 1 part perlite. This provides it with the moisture and drainage it needs.
This is aa species that can not be allowed to dry out, this is a plant that is best grown with the pot sitting shallow saucer of water especially in warmer climates and from sprig through summer to mid autumn. In winter remove the saucer. (winter is the dormancy period) Change the water in the spacer, and wash the saucer well every 3 – 4 days. Try to use water that has been allowed to sit for a day or two.
A position in good morning sun and filtered light for the rest of the day. In winter a little more sun.
- Air Circulation
Good air circulation will help prevent fungal problems.
Do not ‘feed’ the plant with insects, a once yearly application of 1/2 strength seaweed fertiliser should be adequate.