Just received some Drosophyllum seed. I assume that I should wait till spring to sow them? So I need to know how to store them. I currently have them in the fridge, is this ok? Thanks.
I don't think "proper" storing Drosophyllum seed is much of an issue to be concerned about. A couple of years ago, I found a paper bag with packets of both Drosophyllum and Byblis gigantea seeds that had been buried in a refigerator at my office for 22 years. Yes, 22 years! The bag was covered with spilled gunk (a very specialized technical term) that had accumulated over the years. Both the Drosophyllum and Byblis germinated just fine. 95 of 100 Drosophyllum seeds germinated.
Wow thats pretty good Bob!!!!![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]
IMO, better to sow them in the winter. Around Nov-Dec. would be good in the southern CA area. The young seedlings like cooler conditions.
Remember that you must scarify the seeds before sowing, otherwise they will not germinate.
i just sowed some today, wish me luck! i felt so bad scarifying the seeds, i felt like i was comming one of the worst crimes in humanity... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] but i did it anyway lol.
How does one scarify them? Please describe the procedure.
i placed them between two larges pieces of sand paper and rubbed the crap out of them untill theres gray powder that looks like ash. that's the seed coat. when i was done the seeds looked very grey instead of black. it's my first time doing this so i dont know when to stop, so i stopped when they turned grey.
That's interesting. I never knew you had to scarify seeds. When you mentioned it, I thought you just had to sneek up on them and scare the crap out of them [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img].
Actually......though, I was curious how they do this naturally. How do they manage to sprout on their own in nature if they need scarifying?
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