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Thread: Starting sundews from seed

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    Well, I've finally gotten my order from the ICPS, and now I've got a buttload of drosera species waiting to be planted. Well, actually, only three, with something like five others that need to be stratified -- among others.

    Anyway -- normally, for non-CP use, I use disposeable aluminum pans with plastic covers for seed germination -- kind of like the round tins you get chinese food lunch specials in. I'd like to do this for the sundews, too, 'cause they're cheap and conveniently sized, but I was wondering if there'd be any problems with the aluminum, and the possible formation of any salts in an acid environment.

    Any input you guys have would be appreciated, thanks.

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    I'm not an expert on the subject, but I seem to recall hearing that buried aluminum cans eventually (partially) break down and trail a fan of toxic breakdown products downstream.
    Droserae will inherit the earth.

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    I have a better suggestion... You can get a bunch of 2" pots (or yogurt containers and fill them with well-rinsed and slightly damp soil media (peat / sand / LFS). Sprinkle seeds on top and cover with Saran wrap. Place at an east window sill and ignore them for 3 weeks. But a magnifying glass and then check to see what germinates.

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    I've Got my plants sitting in an aluminum tray... could my plants suffer from this? should i get a tupperware tray instead?


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    Better safe thansorry? Also you might consider individual trays for the pots, less evaporation, more control of where you put them.

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    Well, I moved them over to Plastic trays today. I noticed traces of rust already forming in the tray.. which scares me. Theyve been in this tray for less than a day, so i dont think i have a reason to be concerned.. unless anyone else feels otherwise? i put them in plastic and poured fresh water.

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    Plastic everything is the way to go, metals react to the acidity and the result is salts in the mix over time.
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    My plants should be okay though right? they weren't in there for any extreme amount of time.. only about 18 hours...

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