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After several years growing mesembs from different genera, it is time to waste time and money trying the impossible. I've got some seeds of Dactylopsis digitata and was wondering if someone who has experience with this species could share some tips to increase the probability of success somewhat above zero
D^L wrote:I usually get very low germination rates. When I discussed this Steve Hammer a number of years ago he said that they came up "like mustard and cress", if the seed was fairly fresh. He intimated that much seed in the trade was unlikely to be fresh enough. There may be excellent suppliers about, where where you can get fresh seed but I have only once had decent germination, with seed directly from a grower that generated the seed themselves. I don't believe the tale about their needing a salty soil to grow.
Thanks for your answer David. I have read that germination isn't the main problem with this species, but maintaining the seedlings alive. Seeds came from the Mesemb Study Group, so in this case I have no reason to doubt about their quality.
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Muiria does sort of grow well for me. I haven't had it in flower, but growing quite nicely. Treating as Muiria for me means to very regularly give it light splashes of water from August to (about) May. Just a short summer dormancy. This is not to say you should treat it like that, but for me it at least stays alive.
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