Post by ellisonk001 on Jan 18, 2009 15:10:05 GMT -10
Your seedlings look great; congratulations! I have been trying my hand at germination recently, but have not had very good success. Looking at your pictures I suspect it may be that I am not providing enough water. Are these pictures typical of the amount of water your seedlings normally have? Any advice you could provide would be very much appreciated.
Michael: I know you are partly kidding. At first, I think it took forever for them to grow from that size to next phase, but some grow faster. Once they took off, it really became really fast. Thanks for your pollens, your germinating tips and bringing them up tips.
@keith: I germinated all my seeds inside clear plastic bag, after seeds laid on the tray then the tray put into the plastic bag, providing enough water to keep moisture then I filled in oxygen before sealed them up. I just left it like that until germination or no more water whichever came first. Just put under the table.
Then, after the seeds germinated I started to fertilize, this is where the ziploc bag came in handy, I moved the tray into ziploc bag, give more sun and still with water inside the bag. Weekly light fertilizing.
Third step, after I feel the seedling is strong enough to be moved individually or when I have time, I moved them to individual pot or 3 seedlings in a pot using 100% moss. This will go into a small seeds house (so not getting rain). Here the seedling started to get watering from the top, part of hardening process.
Usually just leave them inside there till the roots grow strong enough, then I will move them to open space (my regular neps rack)
that is how I did it even until now, hope this help.
Michael: some seedling that already in bigger stage:
globosa x mirabilis
N. maxima mini:
other seeds grown sarra:
some seedlings from my friends: N. mirabilis x globosa
Post by rainforest on Jan 19, 2009 7:17:22 GMT -10
Now Hookeriana x veitchii sounds very interesting! All are doing well, I would say a bit more light, air circulation and nutrients/fertilizer. Seedlings do better when left higher above other plants to get as much light (under shade cloth) or partly shaded from burning rays. But this time of the year, plants respond good without burning when moved to high light conditions.
Post by ellisonk001 on Jan 19, 2009 10:22:26 GMT -10
Thank you for your insights into your germination process. I originally had my seed trays covered, but was worried that they would not get enough light due to the condensation inside the covers. It sounds like humidity is much more important in the early stages than the amount of light. I really appreciate these pearls of wisdom. You pictures speak volumes about your success.