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Aloe polyphylla: The Spiral Aloe
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:14 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Progress over the last few days:

There has been just enough growth on my original 2 Spiral Aloes for you to notice the a little bit of a difference in size over the last 5 days, but more importantly if you look carefully you might be able to see that I have over watered them and it has affected them slightly. This week we will re-pot them into larger pots, but will ensure that there is a greater percentage of pearlite, fine gravel and sharp sand added to the new compost.



As for the 20 new seeds that I obtained in packs of 5 from 4 different suppliers. Well, they all got mixed up when Lois took the initiative, so I'll be unable to judge which nursery sells the better, stronger or more vigorous strain. However, they are at day 9 on wet tissue paper now, and there is a little promise of possible germination from 2 of them.



A friend of mine, Matthew Sparkes who is a journalist for the Daily Telegraph has requested a young Spiral Aloe plant from me, so I have agreed to give him one if we have more than 5 germinate, but there is a condition that I have set, and that is he must buy another Spiral Aloe from another source, and then when the time eventually arrives we will swap seeds and pollen in the post so that we may cross fertiliser our plants to produce further generations.
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is this weeks Spiral Aloe update photo: Day 20 on damp tissue paper.

As you can see, A4 and B1 have germinated. A2 and C2 also look like they may germinate in a few days.




Later this week A4 and B1 will each be transferred to a small pot containing a home-mixed desert/cacti compost....John Innes number 2 with plenty of added sharp sand and perlite. I have still to pot up the two thriving Spiral Aloes, having decided to give them a few extras days to recover from the accidental over watering about 2 weeks ago.
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!

At 2pm today, I went into the kitchen to make a cuppa, and out of habit I looked at the Spiral Aloe Seeds on the window sill.

It is less than 4 hours since I took the photo in the post above, but look: D4 has germinated.  



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very interesting  
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So COOL! I think it is SO amazing to watch seeds germinate!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is this week's Spiral Aloe germination progress:

Day 23:

There are now 5 seeds that have germinated: A4, B1, D2, D4 and E2



Day 25:

A manky looking mould had appeared on the original piece wet tissue, so I decided to change if for a new piece;




Later today we are going to pot up our existing two Spiral Aloe plants into larger pots. We will be utilising a home blended growing mix of 1 part sharp sand, 1 Part Perlite and 1 part john Innes No2 compost. We may also transfer the germinated seeds to a tray filled with the same compost mix.

Whatever happens I am going to give the remaining seeds on the damp tissue just 14 more days to germinate and then I will write them off as a failure at that point; but hey! so far it's a 25% germination rate, and an improvement upon last time. Sometime during the next  2-3 weeks I will begin to germinate another batch of seeds that I will order from the Internet in the next few days.


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