The Botanist Files V1.0
Posted 21 September 2017 - 02:33 PM
You don't need heating mats if you germinate them indoors. Mine do well in any temperature between 15 C and 35 C. So room temperature would be fine.
Just try to make sure you have some live peat moss before you order seeds. You're going to need a patch of it for germination. It's best to have that before the seeds arrive, because time is of great essence. I've had seeds germinate after 60+ days, but the survival rate is absurdly low.
Something I've noticed, that would probably help the survival rate of these youngsters, is that directly after a root starts penetrating the husk, it's best to put the seeds in to the soil. Otherwise the plant will adjust to low-nutrient levels, and it will burn when you put it in a soil medium afterwards. The husk will drop off of the seedling on its own, but if it takes more than 2 weeks, it's best to operate with a fine scalpel and give it a hand. Coca seedlings have a very peculiar transparant-ish layer around the seed edge, which helps you find the area to slice. But lets not get ahead of that, the natural way will work just fine. I think I've described a soil mix, somewhere on these botanist files. The only addition I can make it to use 7% coco peat, and some clay. Other than that: peat, peat moss, and a dash of regular potting soil will do fine. pH should be around 5-6, not much higher. With that, I mean the actual pH of the soil. Watering should be done with the same pH, but if your soil is around 7, your plants will die. That's why the peat is so important. Basically the same principle as with blueberries. They just need acidic soil, otherwise their natural state doesn't allow proper nutrient uptake.
With all these things in mind, you'll be good to go.
@Spooner: that seems like a lot of back breaking work, but clay is good soil none the less. The Netherlands basically thrived on it; we pumped out the sea and marsh water, and when salt washed away, all we had left was clay. I reckon if you dig deeper, you'll find more condensed clay that doesn't fall apart that easily. But as I said; a normal soil transfer would do fine as well. We'll have to make do with whatever we can get! I'm the type that recycles every bucket of potting soil until there's no organic matter left, and then still feed it to the worms before throwing it out in the yard.
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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:02 PM
About clay I heard that if mixed with rock dusts it can make a fine substrate, I don't recall the soil chemistry about clay but that's something I need to look into for my gardening needs.
Posted 25 September 2017 - 02:28 PM
My chemistry teacher used to say that if we could harness that power and all the secrets of clay, all of our detergents, dish washing soaps, and what not, would all be clay based instead of EDTA (which is a synthetic molecule that acts in the same way). Much like chlorofyl actually, taking up Mg2+ and safeguarding it in a mesh of carbon-hydrogen-nitrogen-atoms. EDTA is less specific though, and takes up nearly all metal ions based on the pH of a solution.
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Posted 02 November 2017 - 08:45 PM
I've only just begun to scratch the surface of thos golden journal. I'm blown away with your knowledge of Coca growing and your Canna post have really got my attention and look forward to finding out how your project with Rhianna is taking shape.
Once I'm through reading your thread I'm sure I'll have lots to ask. Top quality thread so far looking forward to the rest.
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