How do you guys keep the seedlings going? I used to think that they need lower humidity and less water but apparently, I killed each one with under-watering.
I haven't got the time to try again since.
Inspired by this thread I sowed about 30 Drosophyllum seed a month ago. I scarified half and and soaked all them overnight. A week after sowing I also soaked the mix in smoke water. That is water soaked in ash from twigs and leaves and dryed ferns I had burnt. A knowledgable friend suggested this and a week later the first seed germinated a week after that a secound.
Each seedling was transfered to a slack pot where they are slowly growing now.
Its mid autumn here now so everything is slow but Im hoping more will germinate eventually. Still if I can get the two seedlings to survive, two plants will be enough to keep me very happy.
Now is the hard balancing act of enough water but not too much.
Adnedarn I would love to see a pic of how your plants are now I bet they are huge?
How did you produce the smoke water?
Good job! So how many sprouts do you have so far out of 30??
Sure, I can provide an update I think I mentioned one of the two I moved to separate pots was not doing well.. it finally kicked the bucket about a week ago. I kept trying more water and less water to see what it wanted but it never did anything. The other 4 are doing great though! My tallest one is just over 5" while the other two are just over 4" (The ones on the second shelf are the larger ones, they are a bit cooler from being in front of the cooler as well as in less strong. So who knows the exact reason they're bigger....)
Jimscott: I collected a whole lot of dead dyed up leaves from my garden and burnt them in pot poured water on them once it had burnt down poured off the water and sieved it leaveing a nasty black water which I poured slowly onto the mix.
Only 2 so far which is not great but its only been 1 month so maybe more will come soon. Both were scarified.
Its been really cold recently though so maybe it just too cold for them to germinate.
Thanks for posting your pics so fast
Your plants are looking amazing I really hope I get some that big and healthy. They are obviously catching there own food well. Clearly they like it cool and well ventilated as well.
Could you provide an update please Andrew?
Alright, 4 months and a request later I'll go ahead and give an update. The two plants on the top shelf are still smaller and stand at about 6" tall. The plants on the second shelf, which are in the draft of the cooler are larger plants but I believe this is due to lower light levels and not more content plants. When you look at the stalk of the plants you can clearly see the plants on the top shelf are compact as they should be and the plants on the second shelf show spacing between each new leaf indicating etiolation/lack of appropriate light (imo) feel free to chime in on that.
That being said, all plants are doing great and the smell they release is really strong, easily the strongest thing in the greenhouses. I have moved the two from the second shelf onto the top shelf and will begin a new test as of today. I will continue to water 3 plants as I always have (add an inch or two of water to the tray when it dries out for a few days) and the other I'm going to try and keep at least some water in the tray at all times. I'll try to monitor this plant closely though in case it decides to decline. I'm contemplating instead using that plant as a test for outside.... Which would you rather see? And now... pictures!
Top shelf plants
Top shelf plant stalk
Lower shelf plants
Lower shelf plant stalk
They need more light.
"I may be on the side of angels, but do not mistake me for one."
I agree, they need a LOT more light Andrew. The leaf nodes should be very tight together; not so far apart as in your last photo.