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By Gary
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I planted a couple dozen U. alpina seeds in a chopped LFSM and Perlite mix a few weeks ago and I'm now seeing some sprouts. There are just five seedlings but it's a start.
I read that growing alpina from seed is a slow process. Are there any others here who have tried growing U. alpina from seeds?
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By DragonsEye
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I tried them but no luck getting them to sprout. So congrats! To you!
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By Gary
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I tried to find pics of alpina seedlings, but no luck. So for all I know, these guys could just be weeds or grasses that were in the LFSM. Time will tell.
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By Gary
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Yeah, my thoughts, too. All five are the same in appearance. I understand that it can take a month or more to germinate alpina seeds; patience is required.
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By ChefDean
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I was among the first to sow these in late August, and I haven't seem anything yet. However, with other Utrics, they seemed to take a few months before they showed.
Fingers crossed.
By Gary
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What media/conditions are you using? I have my pot in an enclosed seedling tray with high humidity, temp is a constant 70 °F.
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By ChefDean
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Peat/perlite, topped with chopped LFSM. Ambient temps of ~70°F, but windowsill for now, but it had direct sunlight and up to 95°F when sown.
By Gary
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Looks like we have the same conditions.
By Gary
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As suspected, these are most likely some wild grasses that were mixed in the LFSM. I'll yank them and wait to see if the U. alpina seeds sprout.
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By Hedonista
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Did you ever have any luck with these? I’m eyeing the seeds in the bank, but…
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By ChefDean
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Yes. There's another thread that shows some sprouts. Now, they're not 100% confirmed to not be weeds, but given the time frame, it's likely that they're alpina.
Time will tell.
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By Gary
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I've been hunting around for more info on alpina sprouts. I found an older thread on Terraforums (iirc) that describes the seedlings as looking like grass leaves. Fortunately, I saved the grass-like sprouts in a catch-all pot and I've replanted them in the alpina pot.
There are a couple of things that popped up in the alpina pot that may be alpina sprouts. We'll see...
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By ChefDean
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We're all pretty confident that the first pics are not "grass-like sprouts", they're grass. That last pic looks promising though.
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By Gary
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Yeah, the wider leaves in that pic are more like what I expected to see with alpina sprouts. I'm sure the grasses are just weeds, but they look nice.
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