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Location : Alberta, Canada
Registration date : 2011-05-02

PostSubject: M. luethyi seedlings   Tue May 03, 2011 8:12 am

On March 5 of this year, i started some Mammillaria luethyi seeds.

The seeds were started on paper towels and moved to small pots, once the seeds germinated.

A pic of a couple M. luethyi seedlings, right out of their shells, just before they were planted.

A few seedling pics of some seedlings from the March sowing, with the little fellas already working on their fuzzy capped tubercles... Wink


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PostSubject: Re: M. luethyi seedlings   Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:12 pm

Those little guys are looking great!

I've heard of germinating seeds on damp kitchen towels - indeed, I've done it with a few non-succulent species before - however I've never heard of it being used to germinate cacti seeds. What sort of germination rate did you get?
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PostSubject: Re: M. luethyi seedlings   Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:32 am

Thanks again Lachy.

Unfortunately the germination rate with 4 year old seed of this species was not spectacular...

...somewhere around 15%.

I did have better success with 1, 2 and 4 year old M. theresae seed though...80% for the 1 and 2 year old seed and 50% with the 4 year old seed, but i did use a slightly different techinique with sphagnum moss being utilized.

Maybe i'll try the M. luethyi seeds again using the same technique that was used with the M. theresae.

Anyway, here is a shot of three M. luethyi seedlings from yesterday...

...and another shot of the same three seedlings taken from above.


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PostSubject: Re: M. luethyi seedlings   Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:42 am

I find these very difficult to keep alive over winter, they are very susceptible to mites which results in orange rust/rot. They were fine whilst seedlings but after they mature this is when the problems start.

Anyone else had issues? Any tricks ?


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