I hope at least one person heard My Sharona in their head.
As you know, I planted some Mathilde seeds that I received from one of our buddies here, back in September.
And now they're starting to look like real Hoyas with bona fide Mathilde leaves, so I wanted to start photographing them more regularly and showing their progress. I'll also provide any notes on what's working for me and what is not.
December 16: Day 106
I started these seeds on September 1st, so a lot of time has passed. Mostly I lost track of time, so I didn't really adjust my growing method in a timely manner. I left them in the same containers they had germinated in, with the lid on. For 3 months.
Interesting note from the mother of these seeds. This seedpod actually got knocked down by a storm, before it had popped open. When she attempted to crack it open, it oozed white sap, so clearly it wasn't ready. She set it aside indoors and waited for it to pop open. And lo and behold, the seeds were still viable. So, put that in your noggin for future reference, those of you who are lucky enough to grow your own seedpods. :)
Now, here are my thoughts on lids. They are great/necessary for when the seedlings are starting out.
1. Not all lids are equal. The ones I used for pachyclada were inferior to the ones I used for this batch. Also, the seedlings in Flat 1 & 2 (identical takeout containers) look much bigger than those in Flat 3 & 4 (identical takeout containers).
2. Lids are not forever. After they're good and established, with a first set of leaves, I would take the lid off. I don't know why, but seedlings seem to take off once the lid is off. Any theories are welcome, but this is the effect I've seen. The pachycladas I grew last year seemed trapped in permanent babyhood for MONTHS and MONTHS until I took their lids off and then they resumed normal progression.
I'm probably going to let these guys hang in their group planting for a little longer b/c I think there's strength in numbers. Then, once it looks like they might start growing into each other, I'm going to transplant them.
This post was edited by greedyghost on Thu, Dec 20, 12 at 11:38