User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Caring for Nepenthes Seedlings

  1. #1
    Getting There...
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Madison, WI USA
    Posts
    799
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Caring for Nepenthes Seedlings

    So I started a variety of nepenthes seedlings, and one variety, a mirabilis, had a huge germination rate. So now, in a 4 inch pot, I have 50+ plants andywhere from newly germinated to an inch in diamter. They are sown in LFS, and I plan on transplanting to a humidity dome with a tray system. When should I transplant them so as to prevent overcrowing and loss of seedlings? Any suggested media? And pointers? I've done this before, with mild success, but am a perfectionist and want to be able to share as many plants as possible in the future.

    Also, first two people to offer and advice, or just a wish of good luck, I'll send a seedling when the whether warms up, shipping on me.

    Happy growing,
    Kyle

  2. #2
    Decumbent Fanatic Jcal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Zone 7a
    Posts
    1,243
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    most people choose to replant when they are around the size of a dime.

  3. #3
    Plant Whisperer Bio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    SC
    Posts
    503
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Being very careful, I would gently remove the media from the roots and gently separate them so as not to damage the roots. I prefer to germinate and grow seedlings in a peat/sand mixture, to ensure that the seedlings are able to easily obtain moisture. It may also make it easier to separate them in the future.

    I would let them get larger than an inch before separating them, however. There isn't really a need to until they are clearly crowding each other out, as their root systems are not very extensive.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    cape town, south africa
    Posts
    96
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ditto what the others said
    transplant when needed. since you have to do the whole pot together - those newly germinated ones will be hard.
    I use forceps.
    for seedlings, I now use a mix thats much denser than normal because they go in bags (dome in your case). this means you can set the moisture level when you start and then drainage isnt a problem. IMO, its dangerous to put them into too a loose a mix because they may end up with poor soil contact.

    another thing I do that helps is - when removing them from the old pot, I toss them into a liquid fertilizer.
    this serves two purposes; they are used to ~100% humidity so they will dry out quickly if just left on a pile on the table. and, they get a food boost to help with the transplant.

  5. #5
    Aristoloingulamata Dexenthes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Southern Tongass Rainforest, Alaska
    Posts
    3,708
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have always heard most people say that you should never really transplant Nepenthes seedlings when they are under an inch or so.

    However, I have recently been separating and replanting many Nepenthes seedlings - most of them under an inch large. I find that if you are simply exacting with a paper clip or some kind of fine metal implement you can really gently divide even incredibly small seedlings. I have been transplanting seedlings that have now more than two leaves and are less than a centimeter in diameter! So far I haven't lost any of these plants after replanting, whereas while I was letting them grow and do their thing with each other, one by one the weaker plants were starting to die off or stay stunted.

    My advice is that if you are a zen ninja about it, you can definitely replant the plants safely into a new medium and pot without much stress or heart-break. I imagine this is especially true for a relatively hardy species like N. mirabilis.
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

  6. #6
    Getting There...
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Madison, WI USA
    Posts
    799
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Dexenthes,
    What medium do oyu use for the super small ones? I agree with a previous poster, media contact is important for such a small root system.

  7. #7
    Aristoloingulamata Dexenthes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Southern Tongass Rainforest, Alaska
    Posts
    3,708
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've been using a mix of peat, a small amount of sand, and scattered sphagnum, mostly peat though, the problem is mold can start growing in a high humidity environment on a mix that is mostly peat.
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •