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Thread: Drosophyllum Seeds - what to do?

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    Hi Drosera (and such) Experts
    Ok so I am thinking about Drosophyllum seed planting in the next month or so and will probably refrigerate til then but
    I read in "The Savage Garden" that sandpapering the seeds and then soaking in water for a few days helps. What temperature of water - I know it sounds silly but you know I could pour boiling water on the seeds and damage them or put them in ice water and they wouldn't soak properly.

    I guess as no temperature was given just plain room temp. water will do in a little cup for about three days.

    Any thoughts - how have others acheived successful germination and got pass the potential fungus stage I read about.

    Thanks
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    I dunno how big the seeds are, but I think it helps if you shave a slice of the side of the bum off it... Stand it up like a pear, and sorta, slice a bit off. I think............

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    I took the seeds and soaked them in room temp water, shaking daily, for 3 days then planted out on pure vermiculite. Of 5 seeds I got 1 to germinate and it was growing well until my well meaning bro-in-law decided it was a too dry D. indica and saturated it. Needles to say the sprout died [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img]

    As far as starting yours soon, from what I have read and been told it is probably best to hold off until spring so that the plant has a good "warm" growing season before cold weather sets in. Just my 2 cents
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    1 out of 5 germinating - I don't like those odds!!

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    These seeds are very stubborn! I have never had germination, although I have tried slicing off a bit of seed coat, sandpapering the seed coat, soaking in Gibberillic acid, soaking in smoke water, soaking in boiling water, and direct sowing of the seed. I was fortunate to get some fresh seed harvested less than a month ago in Portugal, and hope this factor will make a difference. I will wait until next spring to make the attempt, the plants hate cold and damp conditions, and these are not far off. Remember, these plants are not Droserae, and require very different culture from most typical CP. Good luck with your seed, and please keep us posted as to your progress with them.
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    A while back I had 6 seeds and got them all to germinate. I can't figure out what I did wrong after that but soon after germination they all croaked.

    What I did to get them to germinate was do as Parasuco said and cut a slice from the bottom, so you can see the white part inside. I then put them in Gibberillic acid for a week and they germinated in about 10 days.

    About 5 days later the little sprouts went black though.

    If you manage to get them past that I'd love to hear what you do.

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    Tony where did you accuire your GA3 from (PM me if you like) I forget are you in the US or overseas?

    I'm gonna be trying Drosophyllum soon (seeds on the way now actually) but the seed vendor no longer sold GA3 due to the price.

    I read something about "liquid smoke" (used when cooking meat) for soaking CP seeds before sowing - anyone here try that one

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    Many people say it is very difficult to get the Drosos germinated: try this one -> i take the seeds and "put" them into jiffy pots (pressed peat, do not know how it is called or if its the same) and then put the jiffy pots in a dark place or place a pot over them. Get the jiffy pots always wet - I receive my plantlets after 10 days and have my big one now for 3 years. Try it.
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