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Thread: When should I see gemmae production?

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    When should I see gemmae production?

    So the D. scorpiodes gemmae I received have been growing well all summer. I thought gemmae production was a fall event, but have yet to see any sign that they are considering doing so. Currently they're still making new leaves....
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    Two thoughts come to my mind, at least. First, are you growing them under lights? Second, were these recently imported from Australia? In the first case they may not think it's fall, and in the second they are probably still under a reversed seasonal schedule.
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    Got them from a fellow tf member. Can't recall if she sent them out last fall or last spring (think it was fall). They spent the entire summer on a windowsill but a couple weeks ago got moved under lights as some outdoor plants got shuffled to the windowsill spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonsEye View Post
    So the D. scorpiodes gemmae I received have been growing well all summer. I thought gemmae production was a fall event, but have yet to see any sign that they are considering doing so. Currently they're still making new leaves....
    I don't have D. scorpiodes, and this is only my second fall with pygmy drosera. But at the moment, D. nitidula is *just* starting to produce a few gemmae. The other, D. omissa x pulchella, is not showing any indication. Both were moved inside at the same time. Checking notes from last year...nobody had any gemmae until 7-10 days from now. And there was a similar spread. D. nitidula leading the pack by about two weeks.

    Hopefully you hear from some folks with a bit more pygmy cred. But, my novice opinion says they may come in time...maybe even as late as mid/late-November.

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    My scorps tend to produce gemmae in February. I have no idea why it's so late, but it's been reliable the past couple years. I've seen scorpioides gemmae available at least by November so it must be dependent on conditions. Meanwhile I've had gemmae on another unidentified plant for several weeks already.

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    It definitely does come down to conditions. My scorps have full crowns of gemmae now. If they are under lights you may want to look at a timer that mimics seasonal daylight hours so they can still get those cues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Moss View Post
    It definitely does come down to conditions. My scorps have full crowns of gemmae now. If they are under lights you may want to look at a timer that mimics seasonal daylight hours so they can still get those cues.
    Mine do too, but I'm wondering if the plants may need cooler temperatures in addition?

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    It could be. It's getting pretty cool around here at night. Down into the 40's and 50's on average.

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