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The Grow Room forums; Well here are some pictures of the 2 largest. They look like mushrooms but then they crack open and start ...
Update Day 14
Well here are some pictures of the 2 largest. They look like mushrooms but then they crack open and start growing"true" leafs. kinda cool. They where about 3 inches tall but I gently transplanted them into more fertile soil. so they look short. Man they have some thick stems for sprouts. Hope I can train them without snapping . Sorry for the pic quality its because it cant handle closeups
Last edited by RyanTheRhino; 06-15-2012 at 07:54 PM.
Update Day 35 from seed
Sorry for the lack of updates but when I had them in my greenhouse they were getting way to much light. It took me a moment to notice the baby leafs were burning. They got severely burnt and I had them in the ICU in hopes to save them . For a tropical plant man these things cant take any light at all. I have them in the corner of my garage. The garage only has one window and it is on the other side . Really Really low light tolerance, but I bet this excessive heat didn't help. Makes me think you can grow them as far up as Canada as long as you keep the heat up.
here they are recovering just fine. Nice fully shaped leafs getting pumped out on a daily basis. The burning my have given me an unexpected advantage. Since the main branches almost died they started growing multiple branches, this will help me keep them short. They are growing really well now and I bet ill have to make another update real soon.
I can see why you have to keep them in a humid environment. The leafs are paper thin actually thinner then computer paper.
SO here they are,
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Last edited by RyanTheRhino; 07-06-2012 at 05:20 PM.
Very interesting, subscribled for the long run!
Would be kinda fun to watch it turn into a tree the next few years...
Maybe there should be a tree section in the gardening forum?
Update: Day 40 From Seed
Explosion of growth things are looking very promising they like theses deep cups I rigged up.
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Last edited by RyanTheRhino; 07-11-2012 at 07:01 AM.
Man those are beautiful, really looking forward to seeing more results.
Will you be planning to replant them into the ground after a while or will they be potted for their entire lives?
Update : Day 42 From Seed
The growth has been crazy in the past few days I am making an update & it has only been 2 days . I am about to start training them into spirals. I am going to get a wire hanger and bend it in a spiral. Attaches it at the base of the pot and secure the stems to the spiral as it grows.
@ Pamphlet I will have to keep them in pots because it gets colder then 60 F where I live so I will have to bring them in in winter.
Update: Day 45 From Seed
Re-potted the large ones. There is a new sprout & I still think some of the others will grow. I am at a loss to why some are taking so long. Still I will be happy with 5 trees considering they were shipped out of the seed pod.
Will start training soon want to wait a few days because I just re-potted them. I think that would just be too much stress in one day.
The new potting mix I made
3 parts compost
3 parts peat moss
2 Parts lava rock
And the bottom inch of the pots is just pure lava rock for drainage.
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Last edited by RyanTheRhino; 07-16-2012 at 11:44 AM.
Awesome man lookin good. I may give em another go. There's a guy around here that sells exotics out of his home greenhouse. I've gotten dragon fruit banana and cocoa from him. He also has plumeria mangos and ghost chillis.