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    How Do I Harvest Gammae?

    Just got two pots with pygmy drosera and they have gemmae. The nursery owner was the one who pointed it out... They're so small I can barely see them. How do I harvest them?

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    There are numerous methods:

    - Take the pots out of the tray and let the dry out several hours to overnight. Place a piece of paper on a flat surface (table, floor). Gently turn the pots over and nudge the gemmae loose with the point of a pencil or something so they fall on the paper.
    - Dip the tip of a toothpick in water and gently lift the gemmae off - they will stick to the toothpick
    - Use a mouth aspirator (commonly called a "pooter" by entomologists and botanists), gently loosen the gemmae with toothpick or the point of a pencil and suck them into the aspirator bottle. Google is your friend if you are unfamiliar with a mouth aspirator.
    - Pluck the gemmae off carefully one at a time with fine forceps. This method usually results in the most gemmae ending up flung around.
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    The toothpick method sounds the easiest. I'll try that, and if it fails, then I'll use the first method. Thanks!

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    Instead of starting a new thread, I'll just bump this one... So I got some pygmy sundews yesterday and I don't know much about them. One of them, D. patens, is producing weird little rose-like "petals" on it... What are they? Also, do they look like they have gemmae? I can't see anything...


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    the rose petals are gemmae i believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmcnair View Post
    the rose petals are gemmae i believe.
    No, their gemmae are round like other gemmae.

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    I just use my tongue ;-)

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    Pine, it's gemmae.
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