Cephalotus follicularis
Cephalotus follicularis
Cephalotus follicularis: young (2–3 years)
Cephalotus follicularis: young (2–3 years)

Cephalotus follicularis "typical habitiat"
Cephalotus follicularis “typical habitiat”


Full to part sun. They may also be grown in terrariums under bright fluorescent or LED light. They can be grown outdoors in full sun in mild climates. More info on lighting (Link).


Use the tray method, adding approx. 1-2 inches of water in the tray. Cephalotus dislike long periods of being waterlogged, so it is best to allow the water in the tray to evaporate before adding more. Always use a well draining container to prevent root rot. Water should be mineral free, such as rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis. More details about water here (Link).

Temperature and Dormancy:

Cephalotus does best with moderately warm summers and cool to chilly winters. The plants may die in long periods of very hot weather and they enjoy cool summer nights. They are tolerant of brief, light frost down to 22 F degrees, but may be killed in lower temperatures. They are best grown in cool highland greenhouse or terrariums. They can be grown outdoors year-round in mild areas.

No dormancy required.


Cephalotus thrive in a mix of 50/50 (sphagnum peat moss/coarse sand). More info and other soil mixtures are available on my soil page (Link).

Fertilizer and Feeding:

Maxsea fertilizer can also be applied, once per month, to the leaves and pitchers of the plant. Dilute 1/4 teaspoon Maxsea into one gallon of water for application. Osmocote slow release fertilizer pellets can also be added to pitchers. More information about fertilizer can be viewed here (Link) and is also available on my store for purchase (Link).