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    Quote Originally Posted by bluemax View Post
    Interesting thread, Cindy! Does this species sprout as easily as B. liniflora?
    If you mean sow fresh seeds and they germinate easily like B. liniflora, then I wouldn't know. I use GA3 for all Byblis seeds. If the B. aquatica seeds are viable, they germinate as quickly as other viable seeds of the rest of the species after treatment.

    I am puzzled by why other B. aquatica plants never did well for me....they either died very quickly or never flowered. These two were mistaken for B. filifolia and one of them is even branching!
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    Plants of the same age and all flowering.

    B. aquatica and B. filifolia (left)


    B. aquatica and two forms of B. rorida (2 pots of "thick stem, stocky" form and 1 pot of "typical")
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy View Post
    I am puzzled by why other B. aquatica plants never did well for me....they either died very quickly or never flowered. These two were mistaken for B. filifolia and one of them is even branching!
    That is interesting, too. I seem to recall that aquatica has a reputation for being difficult to grow. Maybe you have an extra-hardy strain?
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    Hi I have a question do i wait till seed pods brown to harvest byblis seeds or does the whole stalk brown. I'm asking because one of the seed pods are starting to brown but just the seed pod not the stalk its on and its my first time growing them and want to save seeds. Thanks in advance for any information.

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    Hi BOB,

    I harvest the fruits when they split open. But my ambient humidity is high all the time so the seeds are not flung out when the fruits are left to dry in the sun.

    The seeds are viable when the fruit is cut off the stalk once it is completely brown and when the stalk just begins to turn brown.
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    Ok, thank you cindy.

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    Four seed pods collected so far. Amazing speed at which they develop and mature...considering that the first flower was pollinated at the beginning of this month!

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    Two years on and I am attempting to grow this difficult species again.

    From my experience,
    1. Germination rate is the poorest compared to the other tropical species. The seeds do not seem to keep as well as other species i.e. old seeds ended up mouldy or did not germinate with GA3 treatment.
    2. It takes forever to grow up.

    Here are the two plants that germinated the same time as the others in the 3rd pic below.





    From left to right: B. "Pilbara", B. rorida, B. liniflora, B. guehoi and B. filifolia


    So I treated and sowed another 40 seeds...


    Germination took just about 3-5 days but let's see what happens next.
    Cindy

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