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« on: June 29, 2012, 07:30:45 »

As stated in the title, I am an idiot when it comes to growing Pitcarnia. I have 2 species in my collection. Embarrassing YES!

I have tried growing plants from seed and have failed dismally every time with ZERO germination.

Please share your wisdom with me.

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2012, 00:41:21 »

Hi Conrad

This regime works for me for most Pits I grow. I have issues with elevation and climate with some I've tried to grow but that is a different story.

Sow seed on coir peat, keep moist. When they are starting to show leaves start liquid feeding. When they are 1cm tall apply mini osmocote. Keep moist but not too wet. Keep liquid feeding, may be of benefit to the seedlings but it will make you feel useful and good at the same time. When 5cm tall plant into a standard potting mix that you would use for trees and shrubs. Keep fertilising with controlled release and keep moist.

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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2012, 02:02:54 »

I have never had a problem with germination although I will say that they take twice as long to sprout. I sow them the same way I sow any other bromeliad seed.  Are you sure they are reasonable fresh seed?
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2012, 04:06:32 »

Conrad,

Another vote for Bruce's coirpeat, I've been getting close to 100% germination in closed takeaway food containers using Brom-L seed.

Possibly your seed is the problem; I can recommend most of the Brom-L seed.

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