It's good to rinse your peat to get rid of excess nutrients. Don't ask me how...but a hint would be to leave some outside for the rain to wash, then microwave it to sterilize. This prevents algae and mold.
Unfortunately, I was stupid and didn't write down which seed was in that pot, and I dunno what is in my other pot either, but they are two different ones for sure. Both were planted on 09/12/2010. I don't even remember what I planted them in, I think it was a little bit of peat moss, little bit of coir, a little bit of perlite, and a little bit of long fiber spaghum moss.
It's definitely either D. venusta or D. indica "PPF".
Here is the picture of the only pot with babies. I'll give my other seedlingless pot another month or two before I try again. The seeds were so tiny, I wasn't able to put enough space between them, so I basically just dumped some of the seeds from whatever envelope they came from, and save the rest for later should I mess up.
Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 12-05-2010 at 03:11 PM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment
Looks very rosette-seedling-y to me, so I'm going with D. venusta on those sprouts. And, according to this thread, D. indica seems to be notoriously difficult to germinate, in that it can take a very long time, so definitely don't give up on that other pot just yet!
Yeah, I'm with Reaper - I'm no expert, but if given the choice between D. venusta and D. indica, I'd go with venusta. They don't look pointy enough to be indica seedlings. I see some carnivorous leaves on a few of them already - maybe wait a week or so and then give them their first meal? They'll really take off after that.
Reaper - so to be more accurate, it's probably been more like 7 or 8 weeks since I sowed my seeds based on the date of my original post here (10/6... and add a week or 10 days to receive the seeds. Should have dated the pots!). I, being the newbie that I am, sowed them in just about the worst media imaginable. It's basically 4 parts unwashed peat, 1 part perlite, 1 part vermiculite (), 1 part Mosser Lee Desert Sand, and 1 part Hoffman Western Desert Sand. The Hoffman sand is very coarse... certainly not ideal for CP growing. Also, it failed the white vinegar test which I forgot to perform before I mixed the media and sowed the seeds! D'oh. So turns out there's an abundance of carbonate minerals in my soil. Anyway, not rinsing the peat allowed copious quantities of algae to form. But in spite of all of that, at least a handful of each seed variety have germinated.
Last night I sowed a little more seed in 50/50 peat and Mosser Lee Desert Sand. I had treated the peat with bleach and boiling water (don't worry, no adverse effects on my plants or seeds - seems to have worked like a charm). Over a month later, there's still no sign of any algae in my pots with this media in it, so I expect higher germination rates this time because the seeds won't be suffocated and starved of light.
Okay cool!! I'll go with D. venusta too then. I'll give the D. indica more time too, hopefully they will pop out and greet me one day!
Also, I'm new to seedlings, so what kind of food can I give them? The smallest bug I can find are them fruitflies at Petco, which are probably too big and strong for these babies. Maybe bloodworm, fish food, very diluted drop of ferts, or...??
Also, was I suppose to sterilize the soil?
I use freeze dried blood worms. I pulverize them into a fine powder and put a very light dusting on the leaves of the seedlings, followed by a very brief spritz with a mister to hydrate them. I then usually repeat every few weeks. Careful not to add too much or you'll risk burying your seedlings or creating a big stinking rotting puddle in your pot!
As far as sterilizing the media goes - I certainly wouldn't recommend using bleach like I did. As many here at TF will come to know, overkill is my middle name. The brand of peat I use (Hoffman - it's the only thing I can get my hands on in NYC) seems to be especially prone to algae and mold growth. What probably would have worked just as well is boiling the stuff or even just rinsing it thoroughly, several times. But yet, I'd say some effort to clean your media would be a good idea especially for seedlings that might be smothered by algae growth. Without clean media, you'll end up with something like this:
That's my pot with SDCPs' D. venusta seeds in it. There are definitely seedlings in there... but I'm positive that plenty more would have sprouted had it not been for all that gooey algae.
geez that algea looks like a pain. How long for it to develop, i sowed mine in a mix of 1 part peat 1 pard dried moss and 1 part perlite. Its been a week and no algea i hope i dont get ne.