Just a thred to record milestones in the growing of my first Gemmae, several other types of sundew seed and some northern purple pitcher seed.
Do to the lack of most medium this time of year, I've desided to experiment with a seedling growing kit that should reduce transplant shock. *I got a set of Jiffy-7 peat pellots. *They are 100% sphagnum peat that very quickly fluff out into a loose medium held by netting to let more air in. *Hopefully, this will let seedlings get proper extra wet condition with plenty of air and drainedge, we shall half to wait and see.
Day 1: Get Gemmae in mail.
Day 2: yell at store for not getting in the stuff I orderd yet, buy peat pellots for seeds, and decide to experiment with gemmae. *Hydrate pellots, loosen pellots by squeeseing, flatten pellots and rehydrate 3 times to rinse out any nutrients and small particles in peat. *Rehydrate and fluff (gentlly squease outside of netting to airate. *Add some extra water to tray. *Plant healthiest looking gemmea in pellots, 5-7 per pellot since pygmi live in clumps anyways. *Was only able to get 5 decent gemmea from last packet due to most being crushed during shipping [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] *Plant 14 pitcure seeds in two pellots (7 each) figuring I can thin them if I half too. *Sprinkle large number of remaining sundew seeds on each pellot, with each pellot holding seed of a differn't batch.
Top row left-right:
#5= D. platystigma, D.Paleacea, S. Purpurea, D. Rotundifolia 'Whales', D. Capensis 'Typical', D. Capensis 'Alba'
#4= D. pygmaea, #6= D. echinoblasta ,S. Purpurea, D. Rotundifolia 'unknown', D. Cap. Normal, D. Cap Albino.
I have no idea what the full scientific name of D. Cap. is, but I'm guessing it is Capensis again, but seeing as my other two times getting Capensis seeds has lead to zero plants (yah, I know it's bizare seeing as how much seed they make) I'd plant both, besides, genectic varieation is good [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] *BTW thanks to those who sent me the seed, I was surprised to find so much, the left overs are in the fridge should these plants not sprout or if anyone wants some seeds, I can pass em on, lol.
(row# collum letter)
1A... 3 light green, 2 darkgreen
1B... 3 yellow-green, 1 light brown *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] ek
2A... 3 light green, 1 dark green, 1 sprouted light green, 1 little red thing that I don't know if it is a Gemmea or not (looks like one, but red....)
2B... 2 yellow green, 3 light brown double ek
All others... very seed like
We now have 4 mystery spiecies growing, inclueding two that look very sundewish, but don't look like what I suposibly planted! *We also have a large number of Spatulata growing happilly, some are proud ownvers of 10+ leaves [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] *The smallest two still only have 3 leaves and weather or not they are even Spatulata is hard to tell because the are thinner, more upright and have extreamly small round tenticalled tips (magnifying glass required to see tenticals). *They are also smaller then Spatulata that sprouted 3 weeks after they did.
Mystery plant #1 has been tentitivly ID'd as a liverwart, Mystery plant #2 has been ID'd as not being a sundew (no tenticles) but just as slow growing.
Mystery plant #3 is still unknown, grows comparativly fast, and sort of has a dew like look, but it's a bit thinker, two of these plants have sprouted in areas where I though sundew seeds had died...
Mystery plant #4 is another heavyer looking sundewish plant, but it branches more then #3 and is a bit lighter, it also grows fairly fast. *Both #3 and #4 may be a strange sphagnum or maybe some other bog seed mixed in the planting medium.
4 kinds of Algea-like creatures have been found inclued one very pritty metallic green kind that I sort of want to keep (stone wart?).
3 kinds of fungi have been found inclueding one that lives on a sundew, but doesn't hurt it (yah, I'm serious, it's been their for weeks and the sundew is bigger then the others). 1 that makes little white dots in the soil and water but does nothing else (it actually avoids plantlife with non within 1 cm of any plants) and one that has started growing on my sphagum patch and is about to meet Mr. Rubbing alcohol.