I have several 100 seeds of Drosera planted but for some strange reason I am quite fond of the baby indica. So have a looksy at the wee plants in my pic. There are actually around 15 that sprouted in this pot but I cropped it in to only show the 2 biggest and 2 newly emerging.
I used my custom cactus soil I make and let them sit outside for 1 month with no water and temps in the upper 90's to low 100's. I then moved them indoors under T-5 HO tube and began a watering tray allowing it to dry for a few days between filling. Temps varied between 74-78 for 1 month at which point I had 4 germinating. I then took them off the watering tray and let them dry out again but this time indoors and 1 week later I had roughly 20 germinating. As of right now and a little over 2 months I have all 50 seeds germinating and growing.
Yea I always wondered how you guys out in Cali grow them in such low humidity. We have decent humidity even in Summer but the high temps of 105-110 just cook nearly everything. Shade cloth works but I cannot use it out front without the HOA freaking out. Then the night temps still cook everything from the heat of the day.
Humidity is not really a huge deal for me, VFTs seem a little more sensitive to it, I just increase the water level and make sure the soil stays pretty moist. If the soil is moist it will help improve the ambient humidity. Most of the sarracenias look pretty dang good right now. My camera is out of town or I would post a picture. Of course, I am not sure if humidity or temperature is the greater problem. C3 photosynthesis has problems both when it is too hot and too dry both are likely to be contributing factors. My experience has been that humidy does not seem to be as big a deal as a lot of people think- bit it does matter to a degree. I did an experiment growing two Nepenthes hamata globes side by side, one in a high humidity terrarium (about 90%) and one in ambient humidity (about 20% at the time). Both pitchered alright but the one in the heliamphora terrarium developed much much nicer pitchers and grew a lot faster.
I have been kicking around the idea of installing a mister out on my sarracenia table. Also been kicking around the idea of converting an old bird aviary into a sarracenia conservatory to see how they would grow under a tad more shade and some mist jets.
My other half has my camera and is out of town for the next week. I have a bunch of Pinguicula vulgaris seedlings I started a couple of months ago I could snap a photo of. First time ever growing pings from seed.
I have a bunch of carnivorous seeds I want to start but am waiting for some space to free up in my grow area. I would really like to track down some seeds or plants in the drosera petiolaris complex. Very weird looking plants.
Either way, I did pick up the stuff to build that "sarracenia conservatory" that I was talking about (assuming I can find my irrigation tubing). I plan to start building/converting it tomorrow, I will post photos when I am able sometime next week. Its going to be pretty cool I think.
Funny that you mention plants in the Drosera petiolaris complex being very weird looking. They're native to this area and I have a lot growing on my place. To me they seem like your average looking Droseras.
Oh yeah! I have looked at your grow list a few times! As I recall you have some really cool stuff.
Have you seen cephalotus in it natural habitat? If so, that must be an amazing site. I have only seen pictures. It would be cool to see stylidiums in their natural habitat as well.
Lucky you, I love Austrailian flora. Im currently on a tuberous drosera kick right now. You guys have some cool stuff growing there.
My seed grow list is enormous but here is the list so far.
S. ( flava v. ornata x oreophila ) x purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii
S. x 'Gin Goblin'
S. purpurea ssp. venosa 'Red Ruffles' x flava v. atropurpurea
S. ( x godzuki ) x ( x extreme unction )
S. ( x willisii x oreophila 'Sand Mt.' ) x pururea ssp purpurea 'New Jersey'
S. (x godzuki) x ( x Adrian Slack)
sp. Pretty rosette, Africa
spathulata var. lovellae
nidiformis 'Pieternaritzburg, SA'
intermedia red form, Gran Sabana
capensis "Pink flower"
indica "White flower"
indica "Jacky Jacky"
that pretty much sums up this months planting regimen.
I see you have a couple of tuberous species there, have you successfully gotten them to germinate? Some of those can be tough.
Very ambitious grow list. I look forward to seeing the results.
By the way, have you germinated the drosera trinervia? I have a bunch of those seeds I want to grow out but have not started yet. I was told a good strategy is to keep them cooler. Don't recall if they want a host stratification or not, I would suspect so. If you have had success I would be interested in any tips you can provide. Drosera hilaris is another one I need to get going. Perhaps I will work on that tonight...
I can break down some of my strategies and experiments in germinating the various seeds but it will take some time to do so and even longer waiting period. I have maybe 5 of the Drosera list that has germinated, and all of the Sarrs and Cobra Lily. The rest are newly planted as of this week and not expecting anything for a few weeks to months. If your still around the results will be posted in this thread.
Yeah, I'm in the same boat, I grow a few outdoors (mostly binatas and filiformis varieties) when the temps are lower but for the most part all of mine live inside under lights. I have a whole setup. I am actually building a CO2 injection system for the indoor plants today as am experiment. Once I get that shaded sarracenia thing done I will give some of them a shot outdoors as controlling the temps and humidity will be much easier.