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Some of us here have been generously gifted A.Phleb seeds. This thread is a grow log for those who'd like to share their experiments, methods, doubts and questions about germinating and growing these little black diamonds. There's already quite a bit of info in the forum about previous successful and not so successful attempts, I for a start have found these threads quite helpful (many thanks to the authors ): The Phleb Thread Raising A.Phlebophylla Acacia Phlebophylla reasearch (Out of my league but with some good bits and pieces) ______________________________ I'd like to give a shot in the dark... Phleb loves granite... It is known that granite has variable "low" amounts of Radon emission. Could this be an influencing factor? I don't know anything about plant-mineral interaction, it's just a question that poped in my mind... ______________________________ I'm lucky to live in a zone 9 granite region, not far from some wild areas which are strickingly similar if not the same as Phleb's native habitat. All my walls are made of granite cold in winter and hot in summer. Supposing things go well, I'll be using boilled water for the seedling stage and rain water after transplant. My raising mix will be sterilised 2 parts crushed granite with 1 part multipurpose gardening soil + a little humus. (Please let me know if sterilizing makes any difference) I couldn't properly figure out what works best but that's what I intend to do: 1st lot. 1. Pour near boilling water over seeds and soak for 12 hours. 2. Plant the seeds in raising mix in a shade area (maybe green house?). 2nd Lot. 1. Nick seeds with a sterilized clipper. 2. Soak seeds in sterile water for 12 hours 3. Plant the seeds in raising mix in a shade area (maybe green house?). I will also place a couple of seeds from both methods on moisted cotton pads in a sealed plastic bag and plant in raising mix after germination. I'll remove the seed coat If I notice difficulty in germination or just do it a couple of weeks later to ease germination. Last but not least I'll cross my fingers and twist my mind in patience for the next coming years And thanks for any tip or suggestion from the experieced companions of this plant.
Finally got around to sowing these cactus seeds. They came up very quickly and the biggest was 1cm tall in a week. From memory 10 seeds were sown and 4 came up. To my suprise the second biggest one disappeared last week. all that was left was the body but it was cut off at the top of the sand. I'm guessing a slug ate it!?!? Hoping to see these become adults and take on their true shape }