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    Drosophyllum seedling help

    I've managed to germinate the seeds quite successfully but have not been able to get any to grow. I've even traded the seeds for other species because I think my conditions are not suitable at all.

    However, I've sown a total of 13 seeds since April. Two germinated soon after and both died before the seed coat fell off. I placed them onto their own peat pot as soon as the root appeared.

    Today, I found another two have germinated and I really hope to keep them going. Please help give me your input here if you have experience growing this species. TIA!

    Some questions I have in my head...
    1. Perhaps my conditions is too warm i.e. above 80F?
    2. Too humid i.e. above 75%RH?
    3. Would cooling or drying conditions help?

    ---------- Post added at 11:36 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:35 PM ----------

    The two babies...



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    Congrats Cindy and good luck! Are you saying you're transplanting them into a peat pot like jiffy peat? I would say that's a problem, way too wet. I would say mine see temps over 80f and rather enjoy the spray that comes from my 1000psi fogging system. Take a look at my topic and maybe it will help: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=120965
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    Your soil looks like it will hold too much water.

    My mix is something like: 20% vermiculite / 40% perlite / 20% sand / 20% peat

    Last edited by elgecko; 06-03-2011 at 06:39 AM. Reason: added pic


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    Stewart McPherson's "Carnivorous Plants and their Habitats" mentions that Drosophyllum when raised from seed in wetter conditions (e.g. the tray method with standing water) will tolerate wetter conditions when mature.
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    Thanks guys! I'll go and prepare a drier mix.

    However, how do you water your seedling? I read that some growers mist them twice a day and their ambient humidity is around 40%. Mine is around 65% on a hot day like today and I already see the black seed coat turning whitish i.e. drying out in 3 hours.

    It's counter-intuitive so please convince me that it is better for the seed to look dry!
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    The two seedlings died after 2 weeks of TLC. Both seemed to have rotted after a particular hot and humid day (85F, 87%RH) of being cooped up in my apartment with the windows closed.

    The larger one was 1cm tall.


    The good news is that I have another seed that germinated just yesterday. It has already put out some fine furry roots into the media today.
    Last edited by Cindy; 06-17-2011 at 04:22 AM.
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    I'm very sorry. Your conditions don't sound quite right, unfortunately. The plants take at least half a year to start looking good, though.

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