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    Propagating pygmy Drosera

    SO - I have a nice set of four pygmy Drosera that I got in the mail about two weeks ago. I'm reducing the photoperiod in my grow rack down to about 9 hours a day to coax these things into producing their gemmae around November. Here's my question:

    If I leave the gemmae alone and don't touch them, will they fall off of their mother plants and sprout themselves naturally, or do I need to collect them and work with them a bit to get them to sprout properly? I'd like to let my colonies fill out in their pots a bit, but I don't want to lose those gemmae by doing the wrong thing!
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    What works for me is to take the pot and turn it roughly 135 degrees from vertical (As in, almost upside down) over a 8.5" x 11" piece of creased white paper, and hit pick at it with a tooth-pick until all the ripe ones fall.

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    i wish there was a video showing this whole process from start to finish

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    You have to kick off these gemmae, otherwise the gemmaed plantlets will destroy the crown of the mother plant.

    Here are some helpful info:

    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/see...dgermguide.htm
    http://rci.rutgers.edu/~dpevans/Dros...mae_Vacuum.htm
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    Thanks for those helpful links.

    Can I sprout the gemmae I've collected in the same pots as the mother plants or should I do that in separate pots? Are gemmae like seeds in that they should probably be covered with baggies while sprouting?

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    You there: forget about the baggies!

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    GAH

    You got me. I'm all about the baggies. Must have been something I picked up in college...

    Anyway, so you don't need to make special humidity considerations for the gemmae when sprouting them?

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    Generally, I cover the gemmae until they sprout but I have had them sprout without any help from me. You can start them with the parent plants or in a separate pot. Whatever works for you. I prefer to start a new generation in a new pot.

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