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By andynorth
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I must say I was a little (not much, just a little) skeptical about buying Gemmae as I have never grown anything this way. I went ahead and purchased a pack each of Pygmie Scorpioides, Paleaceo, and Roseana. Well, so far so good. I have one strike for the Paleaceo, a few or the Scorpioides and a few for the Roseana. I am stoked that these have come up so fast. I can't wait to start feeding these little gals.
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Hey look at those little dews! I refreshed all my pots too - I like to start a fresh pot every couple years as a back-up and gemmae are so rewarding. They look like nothing, and soon you have little pygmies!

Enjoy the growing journey!
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andynorth wrote: I have never grown anything this way
I came back to take a peek at your set-up. Are these just little seedling trays? How deep are they? You may run into some issues long-term as pygmies have long tap roots and don't like to be transplanted (as in if you break the fragile taproot, they won't survive).

If you haven't already, check out this grow guide that has tips on pot-height and peat/sand ratios - might be handy if you try growing other types from gemmae!

https://www.carnivorousplants.org/grow/ ... gmyDrosera
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Thank you. Yes, I did take a look at that but after I already had them in grow tent. And yes, those are the little seedling trays. They are what I use for all my starts. I think I should be OK. I usually just pop or scoop out the seedling/plant and they seem to come out fairly easily. The depth is about 2.5 inches deep. About how long before they get that deep? I will be sure to get them out before they get to that stage of growing and put in a larger, more permanent pot. I just ordered 2 new grow tents which will provide me with more room for growing different plants at different stages. I intend on using one for specialized growing. Meaning using different light setups at differing heights of the grow tent. I can keep the temp fairly consistent for each level. However, humidity is about the same throughout the entire grow tent. Trying to get more info on the Yescom lights, just waiting on a reply. Thanks for the heads up.
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Ok - I'll be interested to hear your results. I just was checking on some gemmae that I started myself a few weeks ago and I had a couple little plants where the tap root wasn't quite getting between the grains of the surface sand layer I had on my pot. I tried some gently repositioning (fingers crossed), but it gave me a look at the tap root length...and I'd say mine are at 0.5 - 0.75".
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I wouldn't recommend starting them in seed trays. The roots grow quickly and damage easily. I started some in a 2" pot that was about that tall. The root grew out the bottom of the pot and snapped when I picked the pot up.
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Panman wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 3:47 pm I wouldn't recommend starting them in seed trays. The roots grow quickly and damage easily. I started some in a 2" pot that was about that tall. The root grew out the bottom of the pot and snapped when I picked the pot up.
OK. I guess I should see about getting them out, albeit carefully. Thanks for the heads up. I am currently in the process of transitioning to square pots so will get to them next. Those plastic trays are pretty much disposable so I might just cut them out and transfer them.
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