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    Gemmae Sprouting

    What do you all do to ensure that gemmae sprout? I have my 32 oz drinking cups in containers with a high water table, covered.

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    I've found that it doesn't take much. As long as the media stays wet and the gemmae have plenty of light, they should all sprout.

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    Unless the gemmae happen to be 'old'...

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    I just spread mine out in a pot, maybe push them into the soil a little bit (not under it) to get more contact and make sure they don't dry out.

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    Echoing what the others have said, they are relatively easy sprouters so long as they are generally fresh, and kept moist. I spread mine out on the soil, water the pots using the tray method, and give 'em some good (but not overpowering) light. Given those things, they'll start to show some stunningly quick growth. If for whatever reason, I feel there isn't enough moisture at the top of the pot from the tray, I'll mist the top of the soil a little.

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    I actually found my D. scorpiodes gemmae to be very slow-growing. Feeding helps a lot.

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    I'm having a difficult time with getting gemmae to sprout. I am keeping a high water table and have covers on most of the pots. Some sprout and some do not. Not sure is it's the gemmae or my conditions.

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    I've also had similar troubles. I'm guessing it has to do with where they fall. Some, I've noticed stay moist and continue growing. Others it seems don't have enough contact with the damp soil, and so dry out. I've also noticed that those few that fell in a spot that didn't get as much light as the others didn't sprout. Unfortunate, but 100% sprout rate is not something I ever expect.

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