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Ochagavia carnea/litoralis

Ochagavia litoralis


Your seeds should be planted immediately for best results

 Start them in a well-draining soil mix.  A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite (use small- or medium-size perlite, not large chunks) or coarse sand.  An alternate mix is 1 part coco fiber to 1 part perlite, with some slow-release fertilizer mixed in.

 Fill small containers (2 inches / 5 cm tall) with the soil mix, and place a seed or 2 on top. 

 If you have  long-fibered sphagnum moss (not ground peat moss), sprinkle some on the soil surface.  This helps retain moisture around the seeds while allowing light to reach them, which aids germination.  This photo shows how much moss to use.  If you don't have the moss, sprinkle some of your soil mix around the seeds.  Add water until everything is evenly moist (but not soggy).

 These seeds sprout the best after 6 weeks of coldness.  You may put them in the refrigerator, or outdoors if it will stay between 35 and 55 degrees F (2-13C) for at least 8 hours a day.  They should not be allowed to freeze.  Whether you place them in the refrigerator or outdoors, enclose the pots in a plastic bag to maintain moisture.

 After 6 weeks (mark your calendar) move them to a spot that will stay about 65-78F (18-26C).  A little cooler at night is ok.  Avoid letting them get above 80F (27C) for prolonged periods.  I recommend placing a minimum/maximum thermometer near the pots.

 Keep them in bright light out of direct sun.  A bright LED or fluorescent bulb kept 4 inches (10 cm) away provides the right amount of light (See: "Growing indoors with LED lights").  

 The seeds tend to germinate at different times, usually starting at around 1 to 2 months, and continuing for 3 months.  Once they sprout, give them bright light, but protect them from strong afternoon sun the first few months.

Repotting -- After they are about 3 months old, gently repot them to larger containers.

 I recommend keeping them above 45F (7C) the first year, and above 35F (2C) the second year.

 More tips on growing Ochagavia are here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

Happy growing!

- Jeff

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