have micro mini sinningia seeds

komi(z7/8 DC)June 1, 2004

There's no exchange page here, so....

I have more micro mini sinningia seeds - Rio das Pedras. They have a light pink sort of flower. Black Jungle has a nice picture of a setup. I have them in a traditional peat-based potting mix.

Mine grown from seed are just blooming - I think it's been about 4 months, maybe less.

If anyone wants seeds, send me an e-mail.

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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

Oo, ooooooo! Me! Emailing you now. . .

    Bookmark   June 1, 2004 at 9:13PM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

hey, sahoy.... I sent you e-mail back - did you get it? I need and address to send to.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2004 at 8:16AM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

Yes I got your email. I forgot to check my email this week, as I usually don't get any interesting emails (from real people). Oops! I emailed you now though. Can't wait to get seeds! =) You're a wonderful person. =)

    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 1:10AM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

If you haven't heard from me already, your seeds are going out tomorrow. I am now out of harvested seeds - more will be ripe in a couple of weeks, so you can still e-mail me if you are interested.

Here's some basic info:

Seeds should be sown on the surface of a shallow layer (1/2-1 inch or so is good) of a fine peat mix. I usually amend with fine perlite. Do not cover the seeds, and keep moist, warm, humid and mildly bright for germination. I have good success in a terrarium under fluorescent lights. Because the roots are so shallow, and the plant so tiny, potting up seedlings is difficult  thus itÂs better if you take care to spread out the seeds when sowing. Germination has taken 1-6 weeks. Continue to grow them in a terrarium (or at least a semi-enclosed space). They do not need (or want) fertilizer, but if youÂre impatient, FYI I have fertilized with 1/20th strength seaweed fertilizer... with no ill effects.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2004 at 8:28PM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

Got my seeds today; thanks Komi! Will sow them tonight. . .

    Bookmark   June 16, 2004 at 7:51PM
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tiGG(z7)

thank you so very much for the seeds!!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2004 at 8:45PM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

Sowing those seeds was one of the most difficult and time-consuming things I've ever done in my life! You weren't kidding when you said they were tiny! Wow! I hope they germinate after all that. . . A magnifying glass would have been handy! I had to moisten the tip of my fingernail, touch it to a seed, and then try to touch the seed to some soil and make it stick to that and not my fingernail. How long-lived are these plants? I don't really want to go through this again. . . but it will all be worth it in the end! =)

    Bookmark   June 18, 2004 at 8:39PM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

lol Sah. - from what I've seen, the micro sinn seeds are about average for gessies. I have some that are even smaller - GHA sent them to me with a note saying "tiny seeds" and they meant it in comparison to other gessie seeds, not beans!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2004 at 6:32AM
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plantman532000(z5 NcntrlPa.)

Hi Ki,

I got the seeds and have planted some already. I can't wait till they begin to grow! Thanks so much!!!

John

    Bookmark   June 20, 2004 at 10:58PM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

No germination yet, but I do have moss growing on the surface of the soil. =) Anyone else have any results yet?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2004 at 2:01PM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

too much moss is bad :( No germination yet is also not good. (I sowed seeds more recently and plants are up.)

Enough light? Warmth? Humidity? Did you surface sow?

I just snagged a few more seeds, so I can send more if you want. You could be callous and dump them somewhere in your terr and maybe they'll just sprout. Email me your address again.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2004 at 7:49PM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

It is warm, very humid, and quite bright in my propagation terrarium (where the seeds are growing in a large pot), and I did surface-sow. I'll wait and see, but i would appreciate more seeds if you really think these won't grow. I'll email you.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2004 at 8:51PM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

I suppose too much humidity might also be a possibility, although I don't know for sure. For eg, the ones I've sown in itsy bitsy jars have not done as well as the ones placed in larger areas like under a prop dome. Got your email and will send out seeds next week.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2004 at 9:12PM
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Van_in_NYC(z7 NYC)

Yaay - found a rectangular acrylic storage container (quart-size?)- you know the ones, the top one-third comes off... Put a layer of gravel, then soil, then TEENY TINY seeds... Kept it moist, but not soaking... Just under two weeks and today, germination! Thank you Ki.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2004 at 8:33PM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

My soil was probably too wet. Will try keeping it drier this next time.

Van: thanks for the idea about the container! I've got a clear plastic one right now that has blueberries in it, and I'll save it when I've eaten all the berries. It even has little vents in it so the soil won't stay too moist.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2004 at 12:12AM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

...Sa - I haven't mailed the seeds to you yet. I kept forgetting to bring them home, and then when I did, I forgot to take them out and they ended up at work again.... agghh. I will get them out soon.

Any one else with germination problems, shoot me a line.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2004 at 7:53AM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

I do have one tiny 'something' that has germinated. I don't know what it is yet, but perhaps it will be a sinningia. . . I'm hoping! The moss is still doing very well. . . =)

    Bookmark   July 19, 2004 at 2:37PM
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ladybug_guam(z11 Guam)

Hi Komi!
Sent you and e-mail.....
Thanks!
Ana :)

    Bookmark   July 20, 2004 at 3:02AM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

I'm digging this thread up because I posted a pic of seedlings in the gesneriad gallery. (I *did* try to spread out the seeds when I sowed them.) Jon D then provided some background info, which you might find interesting.

Here is a link that might be useful: pic in the gessie gallery

    Bookmark   August 20, 2004 at 3:12PM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

Nice! So far it's been two weeks since I sowed the second batch of seed you sent me. No moss growing on the surface of the soil yet, so that's good. I can see tiny little specks of something spread irratically over the soil (I wasn't so careful in spacing them this time) that i couldn't see when I first sowed the seed, so I'm hoping that it is the tiny seeds all nicely moisturized and soon germinating. . . patience grasshopper! =)

    Bookmark   August 21, 2004 at 12:34PM
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flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)

Komi do you have seed for the Sinningia ..... I fail with many houseplants but have luck with geseneraids...... I would love some seeds..... I am very good at sowing seeds I'm sure I could get a few to grow..... would you like SASE or would you like to trade...... I have a trade list....... :)

    Bookmark   September 5, 2004 at 11:32PM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

Well I'll be! I have never had problems growing things from seed before, but these just aren't even germinating! Nothing but moss, again. I'm going to wait longer, but I am discouraged. =( Is there some trick, like a cold period? Don't bother sending more seeds, Komi, and thank you for your generosity. I will try to find a local source and figure out what I'm doing wrong. . .

    Bookmark   September 6, 2004 at 7:43PM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

Flowersandthings - I'll send you e-mail in a bit.

For anyone else who picks up on this thread, we seem to have hit a slow period on seed production. Not even any blooms in the very near future. :( I have 3 people on the wait list already, so I don't think I can take anymore for now.

sahoy-no clue whatsoever. These are some of the easier gessie seeds I have germinated. Definitely no cold period, lol. You have it warm, lowish medium light, and you've cut back on the water/humidity. All *should* be well....

    Bookmark   September 6, 2004 at 8:14PM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

I know! I can't figure it out! *crossing fingers and hoping something good happens soon*

    Bookmark   September 8, 2004 at 12:28AM
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mahnoo51(z5 MI)

BE PATIENT EVERYBODY! Some of the micro-minis can take a month to germinate. If you get algae or mold, spray the soil surface lightly with some lysol spray (or equivalent). Incidently, those little plastic boxes that "Ferrar Rochere" chocolates come in are great prop boxes and as a bonus, you get to eat the chocolates while you are waiting for your little seedlings to come up.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2009 at 10:20PM
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shireen(Baltimore, MD/7)

I have a bunch of micros but have to rely on dumb luck to get babies from self-seeding plants.

How do you harvest the seeds? I can't tell when it's ready for harvest. And if i leave it too long, the pods get covered in fungi.

LOL! Iike your idea about Ferrar Rochere chocolates as part of your propagation technique. :-)

    Bookmark   January 28, 2009 at 5:14PM
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dirtmonkey(z8 OR)

Shireen I pinch the seed pods lightly and snip off the stem with some tiny scissirs I have (I think they were from a sewing kit, they look like a bird with a long sharp beak for blades - perfect for working with microminis). I do that as soon as they start to turn brown, then fold them in paper to dry out.

Linda that's funny about the chocolates box, I've been using the same brand as seed trays too! Been looking for their big pyramid shaped one again, it made a fun display for several full grown micros.

Vincent

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 12:18AM
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susansparrowhawk

Do you still have micro mini sinningia seeds? I am a day late and a dollar short..lol..I am new to this forum. I am also looking for sinningia concinna seeds and pusilla.

thanks so much

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 2:44PM
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