To prove my success a germinated seed , I'm happy with the germination rate at about 50% so far but think I should of been at this stage about three months ago to have enough growing season with the cool temps . My three tubers from last year are only just breaking the surface and very slow to do anything this year , that's well over a month later than last year so I'm also hoping they get enough of a season too and could do with more seeds for an earlier go at germination
A couple of pics of the seedlings ,think I've got about 70% germination so far which is much better than I was expecting It's about this stage as I'm in mid celebration that damp off strikes to burst my bubble
Well done Corky, appreciable results. I have mostly been successful avoiding damping off by reducing the water content of the soil at this stage, but still keeping the soil damp. Lots of water are probably needed to hydrate the seed and facilitate root development in the first stages, but they seem quite tolerant. Keep us updated.
seedlings are coming along slowly but surely and the larger plants are making good progress now the flower buds seem to be appearing directly from the rosette this year for reference a pic from last year with the flower bud forming on a single stem then the stem split into two well I found it interesting
Yeah I'm feeding with an insect based fish food,you can see if you look closely at the plant in the foreground at the bottom left of the rosette, you can also see a natural kill of a small fly by the plant back left, even the tiny seedlings have caught their own dinner and it's almost the same size as em
I've got some dried bloodworm knocking about somewhere as i've used them in the past , as mentioned the seedlings seem to have a healthy appetite I counted four seedlings with these small flies ,I'll have to see if i notice any growth difference in the greedy ones but have to hope they don't get any mould issues
one tuber seems to of dried up but five smaller ones have replaced it ,the two larger ones look like they're a bit larger so I'll have to wait and see, I don't dare to look at the seedling tubers as if they did manage to make a tuber I would imagine they would be so tiny I'd be likely to squish em