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#1 Ian_P

 
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 17:16 PM

Hi everyone,
My first attempt at growing cp's is now underway. However I could not get any moss peat locally, so I have made up a mix of equal parts Canna coco plus, dried sphagnum moss (re-hydrated) and perlite.

I gently pressed the seeds onto the surface and watered them in as suggested in another post on the forum, then placed the pots into a propagator and placed them on a cool windowsill.

I have a heat mat, but understand the cool temperature will help them to germinate, so I'll wait a few weeks before giving them any heat.

When (if) they germinate, I will put them under a 125w blue spectrum (6400k) eco light.

They were sown on Monday (12-12-2011) and I'll keep posting any progress updates. Fingers crossed.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 17:52 PM

I find that Cephalotus seeds don't need stratification. I will be interested to see how you get on with the mix you have used. Where did you get the seeds, are they fresh?

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 21:24 PM

Hi mobile,
I got the seeds from Triffid Nurseries in Suffolk. Apparently they were harvested in September this year.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 23:08 PM

This is how the soil mix looks after watering the seeds in. There are 3 seeds in separate 11cm pots.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:20 PM

Be aware that they can take months to germinate, so don't give up on them too early.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 16:09 PM

You have done a good job, Ian. I hope all of them will germinate for you. :tu:
Acording to my experience the Cephs seeds need cold strat. I keep mine seeds in greehouse during the whole winter, aprox 3 months on wet peat/sand mix and they germinate easy with the warming of time in spring. It's not different from Sarras seeds strat. However, I don't find difference in the germination if the cephs seeds are kept drye in tisue in cold place for stratification or directly sown on soil mix. The two ways works but the most important for me is to provide cold strat for them.
Anyway, under my conditons some seeds are germinaited before the real strat began, so it's not exclusion....

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 18:57 PM

Thanks for the advice guys, I'll keep them cool for a while and be patient.

I potted some Sarracenia purpurea and Drosera scorpioides in the same mix today. The Sarracenia are now in the fridge and the Drosera are in a warm propagator @ around 20°C.

The Drosera arrived packed in damp tissue inside a plastic bag and were marked " Sow Immediately!"

I'll keep you posted.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 19:53 PM

were the Drosera seeds or gemmae?

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 20:23 PM

They are gemmae, do they need to be treated differently?

This is the first time I've grown them.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 13:27 PM

Quick update,
Some of the Pygmy sundew gemmae have started to grow. I took a macro shot earlier today and will try and upload it later.

What sort of humidity should I keep them in? At the moment the pot is in a terrarium, on a heat mat, under a 125w eco light and it has lots of condensation inside the terrarium.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 18:50 PM

The CPUK photo hosting site is playing up, so I've put a pic of Pygmy sundew gemmae on photobucket.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 15:08 PM

Update: Two of the cephalotus seeds germinated successfully. Unfortunately I managed to disturb one of them while watering and it has turned brown, so I'm now trying not to kill the one remaining seedling. I'll post a photo when I get chance to transfer them from my camera.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 17:29 PM

Here's a pic of the one remaining seedling.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 15:52 PM

Hi everyone, here's a couple of shots of my seedlings. The one I thought was dead is still growing too.
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