Going to track the progress of my d. Hilaris , don't see many folks growing this one, I've grown this species for about four or five years now. I'll start off with a pic of the plant taken on November 12th
the plant has formed a tight ( ish) bud over summer
after a late wake up the plant has now split and has two heads off one stem , think after reading a couple of descriptions this is uncommon and is a first for my plant. I shall update as the plant progresses
My plant sometimes forms the bud you see in summer , normally towards the end when its had enough battling with the heat. Summers really aren't that hot here as a rule and I could get away with growing the plant year round if I didn't let it experience the full heat of summer ( normally about a month) and took it inside under flo lights where it's cooler. But yeah I keep it moist when in bud mode and wetter when growing . First year I have had it under lights in an unheated room , usually its on a cool windowledge . I too got some seeds when I got the roridula seeds from silverhill , I planted half of them and am going to keep the others warm over summer and plant in autumn, still no sign of germination from anything but its only been two weeks....edit , I've never grown these from seed before and the featured plant has been sat next to and receiving the same conditions as my d.cistiflora:-)
I actually got the same idea to plant half of my seeds now before I read your reply. Mine were sown about the same time as yours started germinating, which puts me right at 2 weeks here, so hopefully they'll start germinating any day now. I can certainly keep the temperature down during the summer so I'm hoping that I can convince the plants to grow through the summer like yours does.
I've certainly heard the same story about people having trouble getting them past a certain size, but I've never heard about what conditions people have tried to grow them in. Right now I'm aiming for a natural photoperiod of 14 summer, 10 winter, using 1:2 peat:sand, keeping temperatures below 75F at all times. I don't have much of a temperature drop at night but I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter for these plants.
Good luck raising all of those. I thought I had an R. dentata starting to germinate too but I'm not sure. The seed coat on that seed was split and the opening keeps widening either due to the seed swelling up or the seed coat shriveling up. There doesn't seem to be any sign of growth though.
Yeah that's about the same as my r.dentata , seeds have split but seem to of stalled , fingers crossed they get moving again, I've placed them in a slightly warmer room with a longer photoperiod , either go one way or the other
I think the lowest temperature has been 55f and highest 70f with an advantage of 63ish , things are warming up now though so I will have to see how it plays out, the option wasn't there at the time but I wish I'd of got the seeds earlier