Inspired by Mike Wang to try my hand at these and what a royal PITA they have been. Although germination was easy, many seedlings kicked the bucket and these are the lone survivors. I do love their scent in the morning, so I guess they can be divas and I will just have to freaking deal with it. They range from 3-4 months old. Enjoy!
And the happy family
Last Edit: Jul 29, 2015 14:18:04 GMT -5 by pokie22
Post by billredlionpa on Jul 29, 2015 14:36:01 GMT -5
pokie22 well done! They look really healthy. I'm looking forward to attempt #2. My first go-round, I kept them too dry during/right after germination and my theory is I caused root damage. Seedlings were weak and died off one by one. My drosophyllum will rise again!!
This is not what one should do...but hey, I like a gamble. Disclaimer: some times, sh*t does happen.
The largest of my Drosophyllum was soon outgrowing its 14'' terracotta pot and I decided to rehome into a 18.5'' terracotta which will be its permanent home. It is well known among growers that roots stick to terracotta pots, making repotting very difficult, and a death sentence for delicate plants that do not like root disturbance. I had hoped that 2 months was not yet enough time for this to occur. As delicate as I could, I pried the media away from the pot and removed the entire root ball with a shovel. Everything except the bottom 2-3'' of media came loose. Upon inspection, the bottom 2-3'' was in fact a tangle of roots ! 2 months was more than enough time for the roots to grow out of the bottom of the pot, DAMN!! Last few days, she has been recovering in the ICU while receiving lots of TLC and a few hours of gentle morning sunlight. Interesting to see if this genus can take some real abuse.
ummmm....that looks really nice! I don't think it got "jacked" from the transplant....signs that things went bad is within hours, you'll see the main growth points wilting. If I had to throw the dice, I'd say that plant has a very low chance of dying from transplanting.
I understand it is generally considered impossible, but has anyone here attempted to propagate a Drosophyllum through a cutting? I was shown a cutting-grown plant over the weekend, along with pictures of the process and of the plant bare-rooted, which it will apparently survive shortly after rooting.
Wow! I had no idea they would handle that much cold. It makes sense, however, since some grow in higher elevations in Spain.
I did not either. They have been outside all week with overnight temps in the mid/low 20s and still they survive, although it warms to well above freezing during the day. Don't know how they will do with 24/7 temps below freezing, but will find out.
Here is a photo of the little bog droso I took today, it has survived the same low temps...this species never ceases to amaze me!
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