I live in Michigan where the weather is not ideal for Cephalotus growing outdoors. I wanted some advice before I order my plant so that I maximize its chances of survival. One important factor to consider is that I want the majority of the plant's care to be automated. I travel quite a bit so having the peace of mind that my plant is doing ok is important. If there are micro irrigation systems that could fill the bottom of the tray without overwatering I would like a link. Additionally, I don't want a DYI automatic irrigation system as they look trashy. Another important addition to my Ceph setup is an automatic mister because spraying them a few times a day can be tedious. Finally, I should be able to find a white/blue CFL grow bulb and put it on a timer but any suggestion on that matter would be greatly appreciated. The two biggest factors that I want to have fixed is maintaining humidity and water levels. Any other input would be fantastic!
I grow carnivorous plants in Michigan as well. For one, since you are likely ordering the plant over the mail, I wouldn't recommend getting it until at least March , if not April, because we have has a pretty harsh winter this year and you don't want to be risking the plant. As far as automated systems goes, if you are someone who travels that much, I wouldn't recommend that plant to you, it needs consistent human care. They are small enough to take with you, but they would be too sensitive for travel constantly. But if you are really bent on owning one, have someone look after it for you while you are away. Carnivorous plants in general are the sorts you can just leave by themselves for more than a couple of days.
Nothing compares to the joy of growing a plant from seed and watch it prosper.