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    Got mine today. Look great.
    Thanks!

    uh...now what do I do with them?

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    got it today!!! (the package)
    as for what to do with them, here's what he told me:

    Gemmae are modified leaf buds that are produced by the plant for the sole purpose of reproducing itself. Unlike true seeds these will produce a clone of the parent plant and they can't be stored for more than a couple weeks in the fridge before they start to decay and become moldy. They should be planted as soon as you receive them for best results. They should not be allowed to dry out as that will also kill them.

    Sowing them on a 50%peat and 50% perlite mix works well. Some people prefer to use more sand as their natural habitat is on the sandy side. Just lay them on the surface of the soil. You can press them down gently to make sure they have good contact with the soil but it isn't necessary. I haven't tried vermiculite with these plants yet so don't know if it works well with them or not. And, as with any CP, make sure the peat doesn't have fertilizer in it and water with purified water such as rain water, distilled water, or reversed osmosis (purified) water. Some people are fortunate enough to have tap water that is naturally low in dissolved minerals and can use it with no problems. If you have water that is "softened" with a water softener, don't use it unless your sure that the water softener is not softening by replacing dissolved minerals with salt.

    Sow gemmae on the surface of the soil and keep it damp until they sprout. Most of the gemmae I have sown sprouted within 7 days. Once they have developed a good root system, I watered from the top and allowed the excess to drain off. This was to rinse out any nutrients that may have been in the soil and prevent algae from growing before the gemmae sprouted. They are tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels unlike many sundews that lose their dew when the air gets dry. Mine have continued to produce dew in humidity as low as 25%.

    They have long fragile roots so shouldn't be transplanted unless it's an emergency. Because of the long roots, they do best in deep pots. I like six to eight inch pots. You can grow them in a deeper pot if you wish. Deep pots will also make it easier to keep them alive during their summer dormancy. They are native to Australia and have developed a summer dormancy to cope with the extreme heat of an Australian summer. During dormancy you should cut back on watering to avoid fungus attacking the plant. Keep the soil in the bottom inch or two of the pot just moist. This can be done by putting an inch of water in the tray and letting the pot soak in it for a minute and pouring out any water that remains. How often you do this will depend on the weather where you live. This will help keep the roots from dying back and make their return from dormancy quicker.
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    Thanks, got mine today!

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    me too!![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Got mine too!
    I sowed them per the instructions in the above post.
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    Thanks for the great info on how to sow the gemmae. I actually guessed right on some. Hope its as easy as it sounds!

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    I got mine today! Hey where'd you get those boxes? They are PERFECT for sending cuttings and stuff. And they only cost 49 cents to send! That's awesome.
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    I make the boxes by recycling lids from containers at work. Keep in mind that if it weighs more than two ounzes the postage goes to 60. So they are great for small plants, seeds, and gemmae. Medium size plants and large amounts of seed, etc. may run 60.
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