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    blueish germination on nepenthes seeds?

    Hi all!

    I just noticed something extremely strange, it never happened before in my Nep seed growing.

    These are N. aristolochioides hybrid seeds sowed on 25/02/16, so 3 days ago, after 2 days of soaking in distilled water along with H2O2 (1cup water + 1/2 teaspoon H2O2).


    The same goes for these N. bongso seeds, exactly same treatment. I have no idea if this is bacterial growth or just very weird germination going on...?


    These normal sprouts are N. jacquelinae, same treatment! But an earlier batch.


    I have sprayed the weird germinating pots with some distilled water+H2O2 again (same concentration), as a preventative measure. It isn't on the outer coating of ungerminated seeds, I'm pretty sure of that since I inspected them under magnifying lenses, so they must have sprouted but then somehow caught something? It seems more or less jelly-like. Anybody have seen this? Any help appreciated

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    Just out of curiosity, how long did the jacq seeds take to germinate?

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    They were sowed on January 4th and saw first signs of germination by February 15th (around 7 seedlings, now pushing 20). Normal/quick pace in Nep terms

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    oops double posts...
    Last edited by Fred; 02-28-2016 at 06:51 PM.

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    Hate to say it, but mold? When I've ended up with a batch of moldy seeds they were often bluish like that, but those were more hairy than jelly-like.

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    That's my best guess too. It looks like it could some kind of blue mold or fungus, especially if it's jelly-like. If you want to be sure, move the seeds to another room as a kind quarantine. So that your seedlings don't get whatever the others have.
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    Yes I've moved the seeds exhibiting this reaction to another container. Hopefully the other ones will germinate normally unharmed, I really got my hopes up for these species especially

    Still that's the risk one must take with Nep seeds...sometimes things go not according to plan. At least I can find solace in the fact that my jacquelinae seedlings are doing great so far.

    I'll quite possibly never know for sure if it's mold or any kind of fungi. The only thing I could think of in terms of texture and overall aspect would be some kind of slime mold, or perhaps cyanobacteria but honestly this would be kind of a stretch IMHO. Of course it's pretty hard to tell from these pictures but with close eye inspection it resembles a swollen seed with bluish-white(so appearing violet to some eyes) starch exposed or germ which swells something aqueous and perhaps a little jelly-like. It really seems the color comes from within the starch or germ itself... Definitely a first lol

    Anyways thanks for your answers I'll keep this thread updated on the progress and results, since I've never came across a thread mentioning this kind of issue as far as I know (in these conditions that is...TC and it's occasional hormone imbalance mishaps is another world!).
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    It strikes me as an algal bloom, either that or blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) . . .
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