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Plantgasm - I love plants too much. By Derek Powazek.

Alocasia odora Seedlings

Last month I posed about planting Alocasia berries. This month: seedlings!

Only about a third of them germinated, the rest rotted. I’m not sure if they were just bad seeds or if I did something wrong. I have a hunch that the growing chamber may have been too hot – between the heat mat and the humidity dome it was pretty steamy in there. Still, 33% is not bad for a first try.

I was also conducting a mini-experiment by trying the seeds in three different media: seed starter mix, Vermiculite, and coir (shredded coconut husk). And the results are … it completely didn’t matter. You can see one of each in the photo above. It seemed like the seed starter mix stayed a little drier and the Vermiculite stayed a little wetter. I actually preferred the coir, as it stayed fluffy and evenly moist. But the seedlings didn’t seem to care one way or another.

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2 Responses

Awesome work, yeah…I would say 1 out of 3 aint bad. BTW, our little guy is stilli kicking. Keeping it by the coffee maker so yay it wont get ignored. Aka we remember to water it. Matti

Posted by Matti on 7 June 2011 @ 8am

Good work! And they actually look like Alocasias! I have had a tiny seedlings of an Anthurium for about a year and a half now that is still tiny and doesn’t look like much of anything…

Posted by Zach on 7 June 2011 @ 11am


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