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Gymnocalycium Seeds

This set of pages show germinated seedlings from my own Gymnocalycium baldianum seeds. The parent plant (see Gymnocalycium baldianum Aquaculture Page) started flowering in March 2001. Gymnocalycium baldianum is self-fertile but needs manual pollination. Without manual pollination, seed pods (shown in a separate page) simply will not set.

By the end of 2001, I've collected seeds from a number of seed pods. The seeds were stored in a refrigerator. In December 2001, I decided to sow the seeds to see if they are still viable.

Not too many germinated. The second picture (above left) was taken six days after the first picture.

Gymnocalycium seeds frequently produce mutated seedlings. Some seedlings are white and very susceptible to damping-off. Others don't seem to have a proper growing point. These and the following pictures are close-ups.

As you can see, the soil conditions is very wet. This is a very dangerous thing to do, as damping-off can easly occur.

 

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