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  Germinating Anthurium Seed
From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.org> on 1997.09.21 at 19:43:49(1293)
Carlo,

I use the same tricks that Dewey does and it never fails to work.
Usually, for a container I will use the clear plastic candy/bakery goods
containers that come from the local grocery - the containers that have
the lid with a hinge. I use my regular potting medium and keep it almost
to the point that it is wet. Usually I'll put enough water in the medium
so that if I added any more I could pour it out. I keep the lid nearly
closed until I see germination occuring. During the cooler winter weather
the lid stays closed to maintain a higher temperature.

With respect to light, anything I germinate sees the normal day/night
light cycle. But the containers are kept out of direct sunlight.

I just paged through Deno's two published studies to see what he has to
say about photo effects on germination. He has a lot to say about
response to light, or lack of it, but he has yet to experiment with
Anthurium or other aroids for that matter.

Don

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From: "Carlo A. Balistrieri" <cabalist at facstaff.wisc.edu> on 1997.09.22 at 07:54:00(1297)
At 09:46 PM 9/21/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Carlo,
>
>I use the same tricks that Dewey does and it never fails to work.
>Usually, for a container I will use the clear plastic candy/bakery goods
>containers that come from the local grocery - the containers that have
>the lid with a hinge. I use my regular potting medium and keep it almost
>to the point that it is wet. Usually I'll put enough water in the medium
>so that if I added any more I could pour it out. I keep the lid nearly
>closed until I see germination occuring. During the cooler winter weather
>the lid stays closed to maintain a higher temperature.
>
>With respect to light, anything I germinate sees the normal day/night
>light cycle. But the containers are kept out of direct sunlight.

Then I guess I'm the guinea pig. I know I can germinate them with light.
We'll see if the light covering of leaf mold makes a difference. (The seeds
are sown in pots and the entire pot put inside a large ziplock bag. The top
is folded over (not sealed). Earlier sowings have germinated well under
these conditions and the plants can grow to a good size before they are
hardened off).

Carlo

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