wow! that's really great!
thanks to your seed-growing thread.
phissionkorps! you help me a lot of.
Thats great im going to use that method for my N. viking seeds.
will follow this once the seeds arive
Great info, but when you transplant, do you still use the same soil mix?
If it's a lowlander, it stays in 5:2:2 peat/perlite/vermiculite. If it's a highlander or intermediate, it goes into 3:2:2:1 aged fir bark/charcoal/perlite/peat. When the HLs/intermediates get older and can take drying out, they go into that say mix minus the peat.
Well, for HLs, do you have an easier mix to get? Does 1:1:1 peat/perlite/orchid bark or some kind of mix like that work?
That's still too peat-heavy IMO. Neps don't really mind their soil mix as long as it's relatively inert, and not nutrient rich. You could grow them in broken glass if you wanted to...or styrofoam pieces, or brick chunks, etc.
There's a bag of stuff you can get from Lowe's that comes pre-mixed in the proper ratios for $5 I think. It's a phaleonopsis mix that comes in a pinkish bag. You can also use the paph mix containing arcillite that comes in a purple bag. There is one with fertilizer already added....do NOT get that one. Here's an example of the first: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...000&lpage=none
If you grow a lot of HLs, it wouldn't be economical to keep buying that mix, but you probably won't since you live in FL. I think for a collection which just contains a few HLs (like mine) that mix is perfect.
I used a plastic bag over the seedlings and set them under a light (about a foot and a half above the seeds as I can't get them any closer) and white fiber-like strands of mold started growing. The RH was ~93% inside of the bag and the temp was ~82. I just now noticed this. There wasn't any at the beginning of the day. Any suggestions? I removed the plastic bags and sprayed them with water. The humidity in the room is 30% right now, so I'm not sure what's worse, having them in a bag or not having them in a bag.
Edit- The seeds in question are Burbidgeae.
While I still don't grow a lot from seed, in the past year I tried a new method which has worked with zero unwanted nasty things. I microwave some soggy LFS until it boils for at least 30 secs to a minute or so. Let it cool down. Add some fresh Trichoderma mix. Let the mix sit for a day or 2 (covered) and then plant your seeds.
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Do you have any success in getting seedlings from pots with mild amounts of fungus growing over the LFS? This is the first time I've tried this.