I need some advice / help. I purchased some seeds from a guy in Poland about 3 months back. It was hot as all hell here and took a good three weeks for delivery. I was worried that the seeds were probably bad, if even D. regia in the first place.
That said, I took the approach of layering dry / dead long lfs in a 6"x6"x5" dish. I topped it with some living lfs and spread the seeds around, soaking most of the mixture with distilled water. Covered with plastic food wrap except for one corner for ventilation.
After about 6 weeks I sort of gave up waiting, though the dish remained under a 1k metal halide light with my other plants. Today I checked the dish and I have babies! That is the good news. The bad news is, I have white crap everywhere - which can only be mold. Should I just throw this entire dish away and get it away from my other plants asap, or is there some way to save it?
I think that if not saved the plants will certainly die. What i do with my dews if theres a fungal problem is i pluck them out with forceps or tweezers (WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FORCEPS AND TWEEZERS?! ) and put them in new medium, preferably sterile peat, made sterile by washing or baking, or whatever be your method. I don't know about regia, but if capensis are any indication, they should do fine, especially at this stage. Put them in new sphagnum, same conditions, minus mold. There probably wont be any new fungal growth in the newer medium after transplant, but if you want to be sure, wait till someone tells you about fungicide because i don't know anything about it. I hear neem works well. But don't take my word for it. Regia seems to appreciate transplanting, but only when it's an adult. Maybe the root systems on these youngsters will be underdeveloped enough that they wont experience a shock. PS: Oh, and its almost certainly regia. Methinks.
It looks as though the germination chamber could use some drainage and better air circulation. I would repot the seedlings using care to take a plug of the existing medium along with them so as not to disturb the roots much. Fine tweezers work well. The new container should be drained, though kept moist not wet, and have decent humidity. Too much humidity can cause a repeat of the current problem. Some soil depth in the new container, say about 3" or more, will also help. You might want to keep the present container going in case there are more sprouts to come. You can pluck out the fungal patches and get some air flow.
Those look like pretty healthy little ones. They certainly look like D. regia to me. Congratulations and good luck with them!
The openings do suggest entrance holes for insects or arachnids. I have seen similar looking mold/fungus on my Sphagnum before. You could try dabbing some hydrogen peroxide on the white stuff. If it's mold/fungus H202 will usually dissolve it. Silk should be untouched by 3% or lower concentrations of H202. I wouldn't try treating with anything stronger than 3% diluted 3 parts water to 1 H202. Maybe start with 10 to 1.
I tried Physan 20 but it killed the Sphagnum almost instantly.
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