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    First VFT seeds, success!

    I got some seeds in early September and they arrived crushed. There was one whole seed, one cracked, and the rest were dust.

    I got a second batch a week later.

    With everything planted, I waited. 2 days after I planted the second batch the whole seed AND the cracked seed both germinated.

    9 more days have gone by since then and I now have a total of 8 VFT seedlings. I'd provide a closer shot but my camera is pretty weak, sorry.


    I wonder if I should remove the saran wrap I've had over them now, or not yet?


    Here's the method I used (in case anyone's interested):
    • Pot/Soil/Water: 4" tall pot in tray with one inch distilled water (never let it drop below 1/2 inch). Soil mix 50/50 sphagnum peat moss and washed sand.
    • Pot is wrapped in saran wrap and secured with a rubber band; it's about a half-inch space between saran wrap and soil/seeds, creating a makeshift incubation chamber of sorts.
    • Light: 8750-lumen, 6500K, 125W compact fluorescent. 8" from the seeds. (link)
    • Poked 9 holes in the saran wrap, each about the size of uncooked white rice.
    • Misting: I take off the saran wrap and mist it about once every 3 days.
    • Fresh air: Off and on, I use a rigged computer fan to blow air over the holes to allow fresh air into the incubation chamber.
    • Temperature remains a steady 80-90 degrees above the pot per a wall-mounted temp gauge; closer to 80 with the fan on. But the combination of the moving air and the humidity lower the temperature further at the soil level.

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    Congratulations!

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    I left my saran wrap on for about 2 months.

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    Congrats on the sprouts
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    congrats, I always think the 1-2 year old seedlings look cool, they are so small but appear like adults.

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    I'm not sure about having them covered with the plastic. Seedlings can get hit by damping-off and other rots if they are kept too humid. But, hey whatever works.
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    Mine germinated fine without any bagging or saran wrapping-ing...
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