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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    Sometimes gemmae arrive with roots embedded in the moistened paper towel. How do you handle them?
    Since the paper towel is moist, I just take off the ones that dont have roots imbeded in the paper towel, then if the gemmae are far enough apart, I tear the paper towel around the gemmae, and plant that.

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    When gemmae are in the crown, they are dry. Why are most people shipping them in moist paper towels? I have one friend who ships them dry, in squares of thin aluminum foil. They are much easier to extricate and sow. They sprout just fine. I think someone else uses waxed paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    When gemmae are in the crown, they are dry. Why are most people shipping them in moist paper towels? I have one friend who ships them dry, in squares of thin aluminum foil. They are much easier to extricate and sow. They sprout just fine. I think someone else uses waxed paper.
    Moist paper towels keep them alive longer, from what I have read.

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    I've definitely noticed that for a humidity dome works to expedite root development, and, if used, this dome should be kept on until the plants have been established, then gradually removed so the plants can form their wax cuticles.

    Usually the species that need the dome are not common in cultivation, i.e. D. gibsonii reportedly needs it. But in general I think you could get away with not using domes at all and simply keeping the medium very moist.
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    For my Scorps I tease them out and immediate place them on top of a peat/perlite mix then cover until sprouted. They are SUPER easy.

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    So far so good with covering the gemmae and uncovering when they first develop carnivorous leaves. The covers inadvertently create a circular moat. That makes watering easier and prevents jostling the young plants.

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    My Scorps are late this year at making gemmae.

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    My scorps generally produce gemmae around February, and only a couple plants out of the pot. I haven't quite figured that out yet.

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