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    Drosophyllum Killer Babies

    My first Drosophyllum germinated July 18th, the second a few days later. They have both caught prey already. They are between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch tall. I did not help them in any way. I did not put the bugs on the plant. They did this on their own at only a week old. Way to go! Sorry about the poor picture quality.








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    Too cool. That's such a large fly on that small leaf. How many more seeds are you waiting on for germination?

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    I would really like getting into drosophyllum, if you don't mind my asking. How often do you water and what soil mix do you use?
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    I had 18 seeds but dropped one in the grass while scarifying it. Graceful I'm not. So 17 got planted and 3 germinated so far. The first germinated 15 days after planting. I'm waiting on 14 more seeds but to be honest, I would have been happy with just one seed germinating.

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    Mix is 80% Perlite, 10% Peat Moss, and 10% sand. I'm watering by the tray method until they have 6 leaves, then I'm switching to top watering, letting it get somewhat dry between watering. I planted the seeds 1/4 inch deep. and covered the pot with a clear bowl until the first seed germinated then I removed it. It looks like the captured prey are Fungus Gnats. They are pretty large compared to the size of the plant.

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    Are they already in their permanent pots? Or are you going to transplant them after they get bigger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowtski View Post
    Mix is 80% Perlite, 10% Peat Moss, and 10% sand. I'm watering by the tray method until they have 6 leaves, then I'm switching to top watering, letting it get somewhat dry between watering. I planted the seeds 1/4 inch deep. and covered the pot with a clear bowl until the first seed germinated then I removed it. It looks like the captured prey are Fungus Gnats. They are pretty large compared to the size of the plant.

    Good growing,
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    Thanks, I'll probably get a plant that's already germinated, since I doubt my parents would approve of me burning seeds in my backyard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanukimo View Post
    Are they already in their permanent pots? Or are you going to transplant them after they get bigger?
    They are in a 6 inch pot that's 6 inches tall. I'll see how this works. If it doesn't, I'll try a bigger pot next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    Thanks, I'll probably get a plant that's already germinated, since I doubt my parents would approve of me burning seeds in my backyard
    Scarifying is scratching the outer seed wall until you can see the lighter colored endosperm inside. No fire is involved, unless you want to barbecue some burgers and brats while you're working.

    Good growing,
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    I use a scalpel to remove a portion of the seed shell from the side. It's fast and I've not lost a finger yet.
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