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    I sowed 8 R.gorgonias seed four weeks ago and all but one have germinated! WOO HOO! They haven't produced any true leaves yet....but I can wait patiently.

    Pics will follow once they've gotten a bit bigger--my camera can't seem to take good-quality pics of tiny objects.

    I'm thrilled!
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    Sweet! I'll bet you're excited.

    I was sent seed of this same plant a while back but even on the second try shipping the seed came crushed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Sweet! I'll bet you're excited.
    Yes, I'm very excited. The next tricky part will be keeping the seedlings from damping-off. I've been told they're very prone to rotting at a young age.
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    Congratulations Chloroplast! That's so cool [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]

    This is one plant I've never tried growing. You'll have to keep us updated on your seedlings' progress.

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    Congratulations! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Congratulations Chloroplast! That's so cool
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    Quote[/b] ]Congratulations!
    Thanks guys! Mitch, this is my first attempt at growing these from seed, so every day is a surprise. I'm checking on them twice daily to make sure things are OK. The seedlings still have their seedcoat stuck on them--I wish it would come off because it's blocking their leaves from photosynthesizing (and their stems are not that green).

    I almost feel like trying to take the coats off with a toothpick but I know this would snap the stems or break their roots. Guess I'll just have to let the little guys do it themselves when they're ready!

    With any luck, I'll have seed for everyone in 2-3 years!
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    Yeah, you're right not to try to take the coats off, in my experience it does more harm than good. If it takes too long, you may have to do exactly that or say goodbye to your seedlings. Maybe try to keep the seed coats moist so they crack easily. Hard to do with out raising the humidity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Yeah, you're right not to try to take the coats off, in my experience it does more harm than good. If it takes too long, you may have to do exactly that or say goodbye to your seedlings.
    Well, I'm glad to know I've chosen the right course of action (so far). I'm hoping the coats will come off naturally, but usually this happens as the leaves become larger which may not happen if they can't photosynthesize. A vicious circle!

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    Quote[/b] ]Maybe try to keep the seed coats moist so they crack easily. Hard to do with out raising the humidity...
    As you elude, humidity is the issue. More could help keep the seed coats moist, but too much will promote fungal growth (e.g., on the seed coat itself!). I had the seedlings in a humid environment (>80%) prior to germination, but removed them almost immediately after sowing. Humidity is now 50-60%.

    You gave me an idea; I'll try wetting the coats with drops of water a few times per day. Perhaps this will help a little. I imagine there's not much else I can do at this point.
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