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Losing sinningia muscicola seed pods to fungus?

Posted by rredbbeard SE CT USA/zone 6 ( on
Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 13:39

I'm getting lots of seed pods, but they consistantly fail after 3-4 weeks, just turning brown and drooping off. This is not seed pods ripening! I've reduced both the temperature from 80-ish, down to 70*F, and the humidity to 50%, from probably 70%+. Hopefully this will work, and any other advice will be welcome.


--Rick in CT

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RE: Losing sinningia muscicola seed pods to fungus?

Rick -

Once I had oodles of seeds on this one - and my club buddy collected them and grew bunch of seedlings for the Convention favors.

I grew it in a regular Cornell mix - no NZ moss in a 3" pot - i put in a glass bowl and put the seran wrap on the top. I put a half cup of vermiculite on the bottom and kept it on a dry side - means the vermiculite was barely humid, not soggy. The plant grew quite large and had tons of blossoms with seeds. Cannot say what was the humidity - probably not too high - but constant.

You can try harvesting them earlier and letting the seed pods dry and open out of container. I am thinking that when the seed pod dries and cracks - the tissue is dead - and it is food for fungus - so if you get it out when the pod is already on a large side - but still kinda green - you will catch it before fungus.


Good Luck

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