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  2. Recently had a new berry. During cleaning the sticky threads that the seeds use to hold on to the branch were very clear. Flowering like mad, only one berry: Before squeezing them out: Here are the sticky threads (name?): regards, Fred
  3. Great photograph. It's tempting to consider the repetitive pattern of clypleoli as annual/seasonal growth rings. Edit: after only a few years of growing these genera and looking at pictures from the internet I can't help but conclude that nitrogen (and P & K) isn't the only thing that determines the size of the plant. Maybe the plants are stimulated by activity inside the structure or chemical cues.
  4. Thanks Jeff, Is it possible to distinguish between the two forms using a magnifier ?
  5. Hi Andreas, the photos are now on the forum. For those interested, the album is here:
  6. Final update: ripe fruit: This resulted in 4 seeds, all of which germinated. This is how they look today, 1 month after sowing:
  7. Jeff, rooting them is not the problem. Getting them to start a new apical meristem ... never had success with that.
  8. Alan, I also water with RO in a closed setup. The problem with fertilisers is that they build up over time and that can lead to problems. Since last year I'm using "Akerne's Rain Mix" in every watering and I'm very happy with it.
  9. Found the pictures in my archive. Andreas, it was indeed a young plant: A shot showing the emergence of the roots as white spherical knobs (that appendage is a bit of Sphagnum). The stem is already inflating a bit: It was rooted in Sphagnum moss, this picture shows the development of the caudex: Here's how I start leaf cuttings: The leaf is attached with some thin plastic strapping. After several weeks the first roots appear: A lot later a swollen mass becomes visible:
  10. It was an adult, but the stem was still young and soft. I'll post a few more pictures tomorrow.
  11. It's a mistletoe seed, a parasite. The extract is from Attenborough's series "Private life of Plants", the episode is "Living Together". The point is that this bird shows us how seeds like this get attached to branches. If it's the same species of bird that eats the seeds in Derrick's pictures then I would argue that it probably uses the same tactic, regardless of seed species.
  12. Frank, I did not consider that. BTW, here's the picture of the newly discovered fruit:
  13. The way in which this little bird gets rid of the sticky seed is quite interesting (@1m16s)
  14. Hi Jeff, Stem cuttings I have 1 Hydnophytum moseleyanum stem cutting that developed a caudex from early on: https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrorchid/12250604113/ ... but the rule is that it won't happen. Leaf cuttings I've also taken leaf cuttings. Typically they root reliably in Sphagnum but it takes a while. They also develop a mass of tissue that looks like the beginnings of a caudex. But they always die back when transplanting. If you try leaf cuttings, place/mount them in their final location and forget about them. Caudex cuttings One plant of mine was in a location that was too wet and the caudex was going bad. I carved it up, each piece with a stem with leaves on it and mounted them. They're still alive after almost two years but they don't recover. They do flower, so it's a way to start again or to save a precious plant.
  15. Derrick, sorry for the typo. I never double-checked the spelling in the 2 years I'm growing it. Andreas, yesterday I moved some plants to a small lightbox for overwintering, including my M. salomonensis. Much to my amazement there was - what looks like - a fruit developing. It's pale with darker stripes, I'll take a picture later today. However, it's on a location that I didn't manually pollinate so it'll remain a mystery. One small remark regarding ant pollination. Aren't ants very territorial/defensive, meaning that ants from one colony (plant) would have little chance to visit a second colony? regards, Fred
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