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    Aeroponic Drosera germination via AeroGrow?

    Hi everyone,

    Just wondering if anyone else here has tried germination CP seeds (in my case, D. capensis) using an AeroGrow hydroponic system... (My sister just got one for me for Christmas...)

    I did find this thread regarding Dionaea plants:
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=115096

    ...but no mention of attempts to germinate CP seeds.

    If anyone on here has tried this and has any wisdom that they'd like to part with, I'd be grateful for the guidance...

    I've got three "pods" (sponges) to use. My initial thoughts are to sprinkle a few springs of either LFS or peat moss on the top of the sponges to provide a bit of acidity, and then drop a few D. capensis seeds on top... Maybe sprinkle a bit of sulfur dust atop that as well...

    Does that sound reasonable?
    Last edited by jonnyq; 12-20-2010 at 08:13 PM.

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    Sounds like a good plan, you will learn something from it at least...please keep us updated!
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    Well, I've just emptied out three Aerogarden seed pods of their herb seeds (or at least emptied out as many of the deeply and annoyingly embedded seeds as I could). Thanks to the generosity of SDCPs and Reaper, I've sprinkled in seeds of D. capensis typical, alba and red...

    If anything actually germinates in this contraption, I'll post pics.

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    (I do wish I could change the title of the thread to "Aeroponic"... Sorry about that; I only learned the differences between aeroponics and hydroponics about a week so ago...)

    Well, there's some good news... As of yesterday, I was able to see a bit of germination in the all three pods... So, that's a step in the right direction.

    Anyhow, this is certainly progress; many thanks again to SDCPs and Reaper for their kindness...
    Last edited by jonnyq; 01-05-2011 at 05:19 AM. Reason: Changed from germination in 2 pods to all 3 pods...

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    I apologize for my poor photography... I have a pretty simple digital camera, and few photography skills.

    This is the basic setup I've got:


    The "Dill" pod has D. capensis typical seeds, the "Basil" has D. capensis 'albino' seeds, and the "Thyme" has D. capensis 'all red' seeds...

    View of the "typical" seedlings

    Yeah, these are gonna clump...


    View of the "albino" seedlings


    Couldn't even get a blurry shot of the "all red" seedlings... Perhaps when everything's larger...
    Last edited by jonnyq; 02-28-2011 at 08:21 PM. Reason: alba -> albino

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    Does your digital camera have a macro setting? It is usually indicated by this icon ->

    The macro setting allows for focusing very close to objects. When using a macro setting often supplemental lighting is necessary because the flash won't reach the subject appropriately.
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    Congrats on the germination! I'll be interested to see your results.
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    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    Does your digital camera have a macro setting? It is usually indicated by this icon ->

    The macro setting allows for focusing very close to objects. When using a macro setting often supplemental lighting is necessary because the flash won't reach the subject appropriately.
    Indeed, that actually was on the macro setting... Part of the problem is that I can't seem to figure out how to do manual focus on the camera... It defaults to automatic focus, and it seems to aim for the illustrated paper ring on the top of the pod, rather than on the seedlings below...

    Will keep trying, but I do appreciate the advice!

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