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Author Topic: Kanna and the gift of patience!  (Read 171 times)

JayWise

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Kanna and the gift of patience!
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:32:04 pm »

I had basically written off some (10?) Kanna seeds I planted a couple of months ago. They had been moved out of my heated & lit area to the relegation zone on the cold windowsill, with the expectation of being cleared out completely before too long. And then, over the weekend, these popped up!



Totally botanically unrelated I know, but as fellow southern african succulents I now have a bit more hope for my Hoodia and Stapelia seeds that have been similarly languishing unloved.

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I've also finally seen a Sida cordifolia seedling after months of trying. I'd basically written them off as bunk seed and had put my little tub of Ariocarpus over the top. When I lifted it up there was a little yellow cotyledon peeking up. Which now seems to have turned green. Woo.
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Psylocke

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Re: Kanna and the gift of patience!
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2018, 12:19:16 am »

Its been a long time since Ive seen a kanna seedling, but I’m not so sure what you have there is kanna. Maybe that really tiny one is kanna?

If you’re still looking for sida come spring, I could send you a few small plants. I made the mistake of planting some in the backyard, and now I cant get rid of them.
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Re: Kanna and the gift of patience!
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2018, 03:39:05 am »

I've had trouble with aids Cordifolia, too. No luck, and I'm 2 weeks into my second attempt. Oddly enough, I had 3 rhombifolia seeds, 2 of them have germinated after a week.
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JayWise

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Re: Kanna and the gift of patience!
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 01:00:38 pm »

I'm pretty sure they are kanna as they came from a reputable supplier, and you can see the husk of one of the seeds still attached to one of the seedlings (the seeds looked just like the kanna seed images I can find on the net). It also has never been in contact with any other seed sources for weeds etc.

I think it has grown quite etoliated due to low light on the windowsill (now moved to my growbox), so this may affect its look.

Will keep you posted though.

Interesting that others have had difficulty with Sida cordifolia. According to wiki it grows as a weed in lots of places! but I guess that doesn't preclude it from having quite specific germination conditions, if these are widely available in the 'wild' but not at home.
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JayWise

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Re: Kanna and the gift of patience!
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2018, 06:10:05 pm »

Well they are very slowly getting on with things, and I think we can safely say now that they def are kanna (thankfully)!
« Last Edit: February 21, 2018, 06:10:38 pm by JayWise »
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danzick

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Re: Kanna and the gift of patience!
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2018, 08:06:56 pm »

How old were the seeds that you planted?  Did you pre-treat them in any way?  I have some old kanna seeds that I bought several years ago from Silverhill Seeds and thought I might give them a try. 
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Re: Kanna and the gift of patience!
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2018, 12:13:37 am »

Yup, definitely sceletium ;D

Be sure not to subject them to any rapid changes in temp or humidity. Room temp is ideal. They are very well suited for growing in a sunny windowsill. Keep fairly moist in well drained media, but don’t over-water. Other than that, as you said, its just an exercise in patience.
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