Arisaema seed germination
wpz at SPRYNET.COM
Wed Feb 10 01:24:02 CET 1999
Antiseptic?? Since when?? Mine always gets a fuzzy white film of growth. As
a matter of fact, just last week I nuked a batch in the microwave to sterilize
it, and this week it fuzzed up again. And I even had the container sealed to
prevent spores from landing on the surface. Though I didn't really wash the
container it was in. Hmmm....
Anne Chambers wrote:
> In message <email@example.com>, Rand Nicholson
> <writserv at NBNET.NB.CA> writes
> >Ray wrote:
> >>Obviously the Deno Method (paper towels) is not for everyone. A
> >>commercial grower would
> >>go mad trying to keep tabs on the radicle emergence and keeping them from
> >>growing into the paper.
> >>On the other hand, it works very well for those who start 5 of this and 5
> >>of that and are more than
> >>happy to keep tabs on the plants. Transplanting the seed with radicle
> >>extended is the tricky part.
> >>It needs to be done immediately as the radicle shows, and carefully.
> >Here is a real no-brainer that works: You can also take a bit of _moist_
> >(not wet) sphagnum moss, stuff it in the bag with the seeds and put it in
> >the crisper until the seeds show signs of germination. As soon as the
> >radicle shows, pot 'em up and away you go. I soak the seeds overnight and
> >dust them with sulphur before I do this and don't get mold. I believe that
> >the sphagnum helps, also.
> >Kind Regards,
> >Rand Nicholson <writserv at nbnet.nb.ca>
> >New Brunswick, Canada
> >The Great White Frozen North
> Rand is right about sphagnum - it does have antiseptic properties,
> that's why it's good for germinating seeds on without mould growth. It
> was used as an emergency field dressing for wounds sometimes. For the
> same reason, dried sphagnum was used as an absorbent material before the
> advent of babies' nappies (diapers in the US)!
> Back to arisaemas! - I'd like to add my thanks to Craig and his team for
> all their effort, much appreciated.
> Anne Chambers
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