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Germination success rates?

Posted by rredbbeard SE CT USA/zone 6 ( on
Thu, Sep 15, 11 at 17:02

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.



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RE: Germination success rates?

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.

RE: Germination success rates?

How large are the chips that you use?

RE: Germination success rates?

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

RE: Germination success rates?

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.


RE: Germination success rates?

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.



RE: Germination success rates?

I second the vote for only buying plants!

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