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By Intheswamp
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Thanks for the feedback, guys! The peat *appears* to be moist. In the tray with the uncovered pots there is probably 1/4" of water in the bottom of the tray. There's a bit less in the tray that contains the bagged pots, but there is good condensation on the inside of the bag even with several 1/2" slots cut into the bag.

I misted the pots in the covered tray when the seeds were first planted but not since then. The uncovered pots were not misted. I just touched the peat in a corner of one of the uncovered pots and it was "cool" to the touch which, to me, denotes moistness.

The coolness mentioned above does have make me a little concerned. There is definitely a temperature cycle that happens between daytime and nighttime...warmer in the day, cooler at night. We've had a couple of really cool (for the time of year) rainy days in the upper 60's and low 70's but it is supposed to be clearing up and warming up starting tomorrow. The temperature right now in the middle of the afternoon is roughly the same temp I see for a low during the nighttime. By Monday or Tuesday we'll be back in the low 90's.
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Carnies wrote: Wed May 25, 2022 11:53 pm You don't want the soil super wet or else you risk mold or fungus ect. Soil looks fine to me.
Looks like I've got mold now. :( I had the plants sitting in an out-of-the-way windowsill and thought it was doing well. I looked this morning and one of the uncovered pots has mold or fungus spots on it. :cry: It is odd that only this one pot is affected. All the pots were prepared the same way and all of the uncovered pots have been treated the same. The other two uncovered pots show no signs of mold or fungus (subject to change without notice, I guess). The covered pots that I would think would be more prone to mold shows no sign of mold, too. Just that single pot has it. :?
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I've moved the tray now and have it in the kitchen behind the sink...at least it's there until I'm encouraged strongly to move it by SWMBO. :lol: Hopefully the change of environment(?) will help matters.
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I always sterilize the soil. Some people microwave it, I pour boiling water over it. Alternatively, use long fiber sphagnum moss. It usually doesn't grow as much mold.
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thepitchergrower wrote: Sun May 29, 2022 12:12 am I always sterilize the soil. Some people microwave it, I pour boiling water over it. Alternatively, use long fiber sphagnum moss. It usually doesn't grow as much mold.
Now that you have mold, spray the soil down with hydrogen peroxide. Some people dilute it, though I have never found that necessary.
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thepitchergrower wrote: Sun May 29, 2022 12:13 am
thepitchergrower wrote: Sun May 29, 2022 12:12 am I always sterilize the soil. Some people microwave it, I pour boiling water over it. Alternatively, use long fiber sphagnum moss. It usually doesn't grow as much mold.
Now that you have mold, spray the soil down with hydrogen peroxide. Some people dilute it, though I have never found that necessary.
Do you sterilize by using boiling water?

I went ahead and did a H2O2 spray. I mixed 1 teaspoon with 4 ounces of distilled water. I misted all three uncovered pots. We'll see how this works.
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Yes, I put the soil in a metal pot, and pour boiling water over it. Some people prefer to microwave it because the soil doesn't degrade as fast...
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Intheswamp wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 12:57 am Ok, don't panic. We've got this. My granddaughter isn't here to calm me down...probably need to Facetime with her or something.... Ok, I'm ok. Yeah, ok. Breath...breath...breath.... I think I'm gonna be ok... :lol:

Today the lady on the mule dropped two envelopes into the tin can beside the road. One came from waaaayyyy up north in New York (that's close to the north pole, I think!) and another all the way from our northern neighbor state...the great state of Tennessee!!! Thank you evenwind, ChefDean, FTC, the seed-bank donors for your generosity! :D

Here comes my thesis so grab a sandwich and a drink (might want to make that three or four drinks) and settle in...

After re-reviewing much advice from *lots* of people, most coming from the forums here and a few individuals here is what (I think :roll: ) my game plan is...

Drosera Seeds:
D. capensis "Typical"
D. capillaris, Eatonville FL
D. spatulata Beenak Australia (two sources)
D. intermedia Roraima Brazil
So, four different Droseras with two of a kind from two different sources...a total of five pots to be planted.

Growing medium: I will use a peat/perlite 50:50 mix as the base. Looking in the bag of perlite that I have it looks like everything from powder up to about 1/4" diameter sized pieces. I think I might have some 1/8" hardware cloth that I could sift the largest pieces out with. There appears to be a good bit of powdered stuff...should I lose the powdered stuff or use it? For the top 1/4" surface layer I'm going to pick through the bag of peat and get the finer stuff. I'll pre-wash the peat and perlite using a 5-gallon paint strainer bag. The perlite will most likely lose most of the "dust" when I wash it, so I guess that answers the dust question above.

Pots: My pots are recycled 2.75" square by 4" deep flower seedling pots. These are probably deeper than needed, but its what I have. :) The pots have some 1/4" round holes in the bottom so I'm going to lay in a layer or two of stranded weed-block cloth to hold the peat mix in. I'll pack down the bottom inch of mix and the rest of the pot not quiet as firm, saving about a 1/2" of space at the top of the pot to fill with the 1/4" fine peat moss (no perlite).

Water: I've got rain water (5ppm TDS), distilled water (4ppm), and dehumidifier water (12ppm).
I'm thinking of using the distilled water for germinating the seeds so as not to add possible plant spores, pollen, alien seeds from outer space, etc., to the pots. The growing mix will have been previously washed so it will be good and moist. I'll mist the top, fine layer before sprinkling seeds on top, followed by another light misting.

Humidity chamber: I'm still debating on this. It appears that drosera seeds need to be in an environment much more moist than the one I usually germinate my vegetables seeds in.I have some Sterilite containers that I use to start my vegetable seedlings in, but they are too large in my opinion. I have read of people putting the pots in zip lock bags and I'm thinking of going this route, adding a small amount of water to the bag. I would set the bags in a shoebox sized plastic container.

Lighting and temperature: Our house has lots of very large windows...the living room has floor to ceiling and *wide* windows...other rooms are 6' tall and as wide or wider...but, they all have awnings over them. It's an older house built back around 1950 when glass was cheap and propane gas was cheaper. :shock: Anyhow, I've only got one window that gets much of any direct sunlight. The big windows under the awnings block direct sunlight but there is tons of indirect light that comes in through them. I'm thinking of germinating on one of these windowsills but once I see seedlings sprout I will need to change my lighting arrangement. And there lies a possible issue...it's getting HOT down here so setting the tiny seedlings outside for direct sunlight *might* be a tad too hot for them. I could put them under some oak trees for mottled lighting (but would need a miniature Squirrel Defense 5000 (I guess that would be the 500 model).

Alternately I could use artificial lighting but I have nowhere here in the house for that. I do have an area in an old trailer at the edge of the property where I start my vegetable seedlings in the spring. I've got one shelf with three regular T-12 shop lights over it and another shelf with some super bright three panel LED garage lights. The garage lights are by far the brightest (around 8000 lumens...I don't have a PAR meter). Those LED garage lights put off a lot of heat, though. I can easily (and actually cheaply) *heat* the small, bay window room, if needed, with a small electric heater. I start my vegetable seedlings in the cool of the early spring so too much heat isn't usually a problem...if the LED garage lights heat the room up too much I have three large bay windows that I can open. BUT, cooling is another matter. The trailer has a central unit but I'd hate to spend the $$$ for cooling five little pots of drosera. :roll: I can put a fan in a window in one end of the trailer and get pretty good flow-through ventilation going...but if the air outside is 95F it's gonna be hot regardless.

Anyhow, I guess I wrote this to get some things in my head a little more organized and to see what obstacles I have ahead of me. I hope I didn't bore ya'll too much with my rambling. Be sure to get someone to drive you if you need to go for more beer. :lol:
Love reading this thread for all the helpful tips! But you had me cracking up at NY being near the North Pole and TN being a "Northern" state
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cyneats wrote:Love reading this thread for all the helpful tips! But you had me cracking up at NY being near the North Pole and TN being a "Northern" state
Well, you know, some parts of the country are still reeling at the technological advances of electricity, indoor outhouses, and horseless carriages, but they draw the line at the thought of flying machines. Witchcraft!
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ChefDean wrote: Tue May 31, 2022 9:02 pm
cyneats wrote:Love reading this thread for all the helpful tips! But you had me cracking up at NY being near the North Pole and TN being a "Northern" state
Well, you know, some parts of the country are still reeling at the technological advances of electricity, indoor outhouses, and horseless carriages, but they draw the line at the thought of flying machines. Witchcraft!
Wait a minute... you mean ya'll have your toilets in the house!!!!????? Is it a two-holer or a three-holer?? I had a buddy of mine down in Gold Hill (just north of Gulf Shores) and he had a 3-holer in his backyard...very nice! Even had the slide out "catch drawer" for easy clean-up!!!! :mrgreen:
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Intheswamp wrote: Tue May 31, 2022 10:32 pm Yeah, but sometimes they interrupt us when we've got that article in the Enquirer that we've been keen on readin'....
Especially the issue that has Batboy, alien babies, the Loch Ness Monster, and an interview with Bigfoot (he's actually an interdimensional hide and seek champion) all in one.
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Funny story. My buddies and I would always buy the World News rag (kind of like the Enquirer but less reliable), and laugh at the articles. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time was visiting me in NJ. My friend rich read the headline, "Mummy found in Fayetteville, GA". She lived in Fayetteville and was shocked. He continued to read that a mummified body was found in a tent in the woods. It turns out, it was true and was actually on her father's property. It was a homeless person who died and his body was dessicated somehow. What are the odds?
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