Placea ornata germination

J.E. Shields
Mon, 26 May 2008 08:40:59 PDT

I've had trouble starting the seeds of Rhodophiala and related genera and 
then trying to transplant or plant them after germination.  I now start all 
such seeds in a sand layer atop the potting mix in the pots I intend to 
grow them in for the first couple of years.  I cover with clear plastic 
film like Saran wrap, and keep the pot in a large sauce so I can water it 
without removing the plastic wrap.

It might be good to try this with some Placea.

What I don't know is whether Placea are summer or winter growing, but I 
surmise form your comments and the native habitat that they might want to 
grow in the winter.  Can anyone comment on this?

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 12:52 PM 5/26/2008 +0200, you wrote:
>I have recently had success germinating Placea ornata in the refrigerator 
>at 4'C on damp filter paper in a petri dish. Germination was nearly 100% 
>after two weeks.
>Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep them alive after germination? 
>I have tried this species several times before with no success.
>Thanks a lot

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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