Germination success rates?

rredbbeard(SE CT USA/zone 6)September 15, 2011

Even though I'm a major advocate of using just peat moss for clivia seedlings, I'm not sure that this is the best medium for initial germination. I'm wondering what else might give a better success rate.

I usually give my seeds a dip in Physan, or similar, and then plant in medium that I sterilize myself. Let me know what works best for you, and what your results have been.

Part of the reason I'm asking is that I just ordered seeds from Mr. Han at LovableChina, and expect them next month.

Thanks!

--Rick.

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monet_g

Rick,
I have great results with Coconut Husk Chips. They hold moisture well and, because of the square shape, have a lot of air pockets. They also seems to have anti-fungal properties.

Generally, the only seeds that I have problems with are old seeds. If they're fresh, they germinate and grow on. I keep the seedlings in the CHCs until they're about two years old.

Good luck on your new seeds.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 8:30AM
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rredbbeard(SE CT USA/zone 6)

How large are the chips that you use?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 8:36PM
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monet_g

I've had equal success with both the small and the medium sizes, but I like the medium the best - larger air pockets.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 8:12AM
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CliviaUSA

We have used vermiculite and perlite with good success, with an undersoil of our normal clivia mix. We have our germination instructions on the website.

I would suggest you only by PLANTS from Mr. Han. If you would like to know why email me.

-Jon

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 4:04PM
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rredbbeard(SE CT USA/zone 6)

Jon--I'd like to contact you but I don't see your email addy. Drop me a note via the email on my GW page.

Thanks,

--Rr

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 7:11PM
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monet_g

I second the vote for only buying plants!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 7:22PM
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