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Thread: D. scorpioides dilema

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    白人看不懂 Drosera36's Avatar
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    When I got D. scorpioides gemmae this year, they all seemed real healthy and everything. And when I planted them, they seemed to grow fine. But only like 2 out of maybe 6 had the stipules around their growth point. The other 6 grew taller than the 2 normal ones, and were a dark green. Their leaves didn't open either. I kinda threw 'em away, out of frustration. Does anyone know why this happened to most of 'em? I'm hoping the 2 are still gonna grow ok. If the gemmae were damaged say from weather prior to me getting them, could that do it? What's weird though is that the perlite are turning green even after I shook them with a sifter, poured water over them, soaked them for 24 hours, and then washed them again.

    Here's the only normal looking one:


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    i have a bunch of scorp gemmae that i sowed all at one time. some are more developed then others and some have stipules others dont. ill just wait. my first real leaf opens up soon!
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    Do you have them in a high humidity environment and are they getting sufficient light? These could be factors in their development as D.scorpioides does not like high humidity once it sprouts.
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    How high is too high exactly? I'm pretty sure it's getting very sufficient light (90 watts). The humidity is usually around 50-60% in the day, and maybe 75% at night. I try to keep the pot on the dry side, not really having more than an inch in the water dish, and then I refill it after it's been dry for 2-3 days.

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    here are mine. playing with my aunts digital camer. i still have work to do


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    Here's how I grow mine:
    Peaterlite 1:1 (can use peat:sand. Don't matter what you use, as long as plants can grow in it.)

    D. scorpioides roots can be 8" or longer so I use 6" to 8" deep pots.

    If the gemmae are damaged, they just won't grow. Some take longer to start growing, even when they are from the same plant. Think of it as a survival mechanism. If they all started growing at the same time and a dry spell hit for a week or so, they'd all die. If they all start growing a different times, some will make it through the dry spell and continue the species.

    @Glider14 - You have some nice looking plants there. You'll be inundated with gemmae by this time next year

    Scatter gemmae on surface. Spritz with a fine spray to settle gemmae onto soil.

    Keep soil moist and ignore it the rest of the time.


    @Ben: The algae is likely a result of nutrients in the peat or your perlite. If you used Schultz peat or one of the other name brands, I would look at that being the likely culprit. Look through the peat (or perlite) carefully to see if there are any slow release fertilizer pellets in it. It only takes a few to put enough nutrients into the peat to get algae started. My experience has been that the algae is followed by moss in a month or so. Also D. scorpioides is very tolerant of low humidity. They lap it up and ask for more.
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    Yeah! the gemmae that BigCarnivourKid give me earlier are getting pretty big, but at different rates, some started out small at first and then eventually got really big and some of them stopped growing all together.

    But don't worry, they'll pull through.

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    Glad they are doing well for you Dave. Your plants will produce enough gemmae next year to fill in any empty spaces left by the gemmae that didn't grow.
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