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    Homer,

    Thanks for sharing this marvelous idea. I plan to try this with some tuberous Drosera this next week. Sure wish they made these PVC pipes in a square profile.




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    Awsome idea. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] How did you cut the pipe? Its looks awfully smooth and perfect. I don't have much in the way of saws. I do have a hacksaw I think.
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    I just wanted to stress again the need for pygmys to have a wet winter season. Be sure to keep the tubes deep enough in the water reserve, or the gemmae may not root, or if they do, may not form the deep roots they will need later in the cycle.
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    Thanks Tamlin, I'll put the waterlevel 1/3 the way up and keep it there until next May or June. Just curious... how do gemmae "know" if the water level is higher or lower... since they are at the surface with no roots to begin with? I'll take your word on this of course but I'm a bit baffled. Does a higher water level saturate the surface soil to a great extent or something??

    BTW, I got the end caps at Lowe's. They are located in a cardboard box near the white PVC pipe 'fittings'. Of course this might not be true at the lowe's near you but anything helps.

    PlantAKiss, as for cutting the pipe, I used a skill saw (I believe). I went to my parents to do that. I have a hacksaw as well, but decided against using it because the cut is not as straight and clean.

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    I found the end caps, Menard's carries them as well. They only get three in at a time so I have to get them to special order.
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    Homer,

    The whole process is probably all tied in with daylength, temperature and substrate moisture. I can't say with any authority that the gemmae *won't* strike if the soil moisture isn't high enough, but I can say that my gemmae strike much better with daily misting (provided there is ample air circulation). I hope you will do a little experimenting and report your findings.

    Sean or George could probably say better than I how important this factor is. I am just going by my own experiences with sowing gemmae.
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    I've noticed that the palacea ssp roseana gemmae started to show visible signs of growth just a day or two after I recieved and *planted* them [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    I'll keep up the mistings and report back what results I get from the gemmae.

    thanks!

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    I've noticed a neat find recently. With the automatic misting system misting every 10 mintues for 45 seconds the sundew section of the greenhouse can get pretty drenched at time, well a few of the gemmae on the plants rooted in the air and started to grow as epipytic drosera! (well if the water kept them wet enough)

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