I planted some Byblis liniflora seeds on 2:1 sandeat 2.5 weeks ago. The pots have a plastic covering over them and are placed in a tray of rainwater. I read that these seeds germinate very quickly, a few days being the norm. So I'm wondering what went wrong with my seeds.
The seeds came from a reputable source, so I have no doubt as to their good quality. The probs I can think of are below; do tell me if u think that's a real problem and how I should correct it:
1. I used metal tweezers to pick the seeds up and dropped them onto the soil. Cld these have damaged the seeds? Come to think of it, I used tweezers to pick my d.intermedia seeds as well (a supposedly prolific species) and only about 5-10% of the seeds ever germinated after 1.5 mths.
2. Light. I put mine in a permanently lightly-shaded area outdoors. The pots are always in the shadow of my porch, tho' sunlight is never far away.
3. Heat. I live in the tropics. Shldn't be an issue right? except of cos 1 week ago it was raining practically everyday, so the temp could have fallen a bit, but nothing less than 27 degrees C, I wld venture to guess.
4. Soil. I didn't bother to sterilize my sand/peat. Now there's green stuff on the sand surface. Is this a problem as well?
Thanks very much for any reply.