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Cannomois Virgatum

NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

Below are the instructions from the website on how to start off the cv seeds or bell reed seeds

? Can anyone help me with the instructions

I saw the plant at the Bristol University Botanical Gardens 

germination instructions Cannomois virgata - bell reed:

Please use for sowing Jiffy 7 Peat Pellets, soak them in water and put in a plastic pot.
Alternatively, normal seed substrate could be used as well. 

Sow the seeds on the peat pellets and cover the seeds with a thin layer of peat (about 2 mm). 

Then put the plastic pot in a ziplock bag - with a pot size of 6 cm , a ziplock bag of size 12 x 17 cm is recommended . Fill in the ziplock bag as much tap water with a few drops of universal fertilizer, so that after the absorption of the substrate a few mm of water remain on the bottom. Then close the ziplock bag - Ready! 

More watering is not required because no moisture evaporates through the ziplock bag . 

Location: on the windowsill or in a small greenhouse in partial shade, daytime temperatures at about 75-83 F, somewhat lower at night at 68-75 F. The resulting micro-climate provides ideal conditions for germination.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,349

    it's recommending peat blocks, (soak and put in a plastic pot) but saying you can use ordinary seed compost in pots instead

    Cover the seeds to 2mm depth

    Put the pot in a ziplock (sealable) plastic bag

    add enough water and fertilizer so that a few drops are left in the bag when the compost has finished absorbing it.   (not sure why the fertilizer, seeds don't use it before they germinate) 

    seal the bag, no more watering required because the bag is sealed.

    Windowsill or GH in partial shade at the temps it says in the last bit. Needs translating to Celsius.

    Good luck

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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