Posted 26 September 2009 - 16:39 PM
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Posted 28 October 2009 - 21:47 PM
The English autumn is not very much like the autumn in spain/portugal.
An excellent article has been written by Jan Flísek & Kamil Pásek and has some good advice on cultivation/propagation.
In the UK I usually sow seeds in Sept and they seem to germinate only if there are cold nights and several sunny warm days.
And even if they germinate they are very vulnerable to damp off mould until they are a month or two old.
This year I've had the best results in a few years.
I've done a few things differently this year:
a) I sliced a narrow slice of the outer coating of each seed.
b) soaked the seeds in GA3 solution for 24 hours
c) sowed them in shallow pots - left them sitting on the surface of the soil
d) sprayed them daily with RO water containing a weak dose of fungicide
e) placed the pots on a heating mat that heats the pots during the day but switches off at night
f) I have set up a fan to blow air over the top of the pots for 1 minute every hour
I'm hoping this last item will minimize losses to damp off this year.
I'm not sure how many of the above items are necessary but this year I got 5 out of 7 seeds to germinate. But it is very early day yet. Each seedling still only have 2-3 leaves.