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 on: July 12, 2020, 08:33:33 pm 
Started by Techdude - Last post by arborescent
I left a bunch to stratify over the winter in wet soil and they had much better germination than those planted from packet to warm conditions

 2 
 on: July 09, 2020, 10:12:55 pm 
Started by Techdude - Last post by cactusman
soak your seeds in white vinegar for a few days.. I soaked mine for a week till they started popping open.

I was having 0% rate before hand; much better after.

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 on: July 09, 2020, 07:14:42 pm 
Started by Techdude - Last post by Malak
I scratch the seed shell slightly then sprout in a plastic bag with a slightly wet paper towel. They where still very slow to germinate . good luck    8)

 4 
 on: July 07, 2020, 09:51:38 pm 
Started by ONandONandON - Last post by ONandONandON
POST FREE SEED OR CATALOG SOURCES HERE 8)

https://sowtrueseed.com/pages/request-seed-catalog¬https://www.suburbanhobbyfarmer.com/rare-seeds-u-s-government/¬https://permies.com/t/6255/free-seeds-USDA
https://www.robgreenfield.org/freeseedproject/
http://www.freeheirloomseeds.org/
http://www.livemonarch.com/free-milkweed-seeds/
https://www.happy-mothering.com/21-free-gardening-seed-catalogs/

 

 5 
 on: July 07, 2020, 05:21:49 am 
Started by ONandONandON - Last post by Chicsa
Give it some time, UF will develop one that can be grown to create a US industry. They've done it with blueberries and peaches that were previously unable to grow this far south.

Luckily though the plant is super easy to propagate, it roots very easily even before you cut it.

 6 
 on: July 07, 2020, 12:44:11 am 
Started by ONandONandON - Last post by ONandONandON
Cool sounds like they must be pollinated to produce beans..
but according to this,
seeds would be sterile if cross pollinated by the same plant..
"Vanilla planifolia, and many other species of flowering plants require double fertilization to fruit, an adaptation that allows the flower to concentrate its energy on producing seeds that have the best chance at growth and survival.  If the flower is cross pollinated, as often done by insects, the seeds are viable, and can produce further generations of viable offspring.  If the flower is self-pollinated, however, it produces only sterile seeds.  "
http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2009/ruud_kirs/Life%20History%20-%20Reproduction.htm

just found this =the "vanilla bee" https://www.vanillapura.com/pages/vanilla-bee-extinction
AKA
Melipona stingless honey bee. i think someone on STS made a post about them one time.
ive looked and though it seems people have them, and there are guides on keeping them..
just hasn't caught on in US i guess, because they're almost impossible to find any for sale.

maybe look on this forum for a bee source, but it's unlikely..
https://selfsufficientme.com/sustainability/get-native-stingless-bees-for-the-backyard-and-watch-your-garden-flourish

 7 
 on: July 06, 2020, 01:24:02 pm 
Started by ONandONandON - Last post by Chicsa
Some of the research UF is doing on making Commercial Vanilla Production in Florida a possibility.
http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2019/03/05/uf-scientists-sequence-vanilla-genome-could-support-domestic-industry/

University of Florida's IFAS information on growing Vanillia
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1348

 8 
 on: July 06, 2020, 01:23:15 pm 
Started by Mangrove - Last post by MadPlanter
If you eat a standard American diet and or take pharmaceutical drugs/bad recreational drugs I would figure it is unwise to use your feces. Over time bioaccumulation/biomagnification would become an issue. Plants uptake toxins from the composted feces all while adding new toxins and reintroducing the same toxins over and over. That said if you lead a healthful natural lifestyle ID figure it's not a bad thing.

Yes I would keep it moist. Wood shavings being high carbon and the poop being high nitrogen should stir up composting activity quickly with some moisture for the microbes. Also a bit of flour or molasses should kick start microbial activities too.

Beware of biosolids though. Brand names such as milorganite or dillo dirt etc. These are the concentrated solids from the municipal water treatment facilities. Anything that goes down the drain ends up in those products. If you look closely at the label on the packages it even admits the product contains cancer causing agents. Pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, household chemicals, micro plastic, herbicides and pesticides, heavy metals etc galore in those products. Please don't use that literal SHIT. Watch documentary called "Biosludged" for more details of these products and the EPA's cover-up of this shit being promoted as good clean organic fertilizers. In theory using this waste product sounds "green" and good but it's impossible for this shit not to be highly toxified.


 9 
 on: July 06, 2020, 02:43:38 am 
Started by Mangrove - Last post by Mangrove
I'd imagine our stool may be too nutrient and toxin dense (intuition). Now if you'll excuse my I need to enrich my compost bin... Do I still need to keep it moist while it decomposes?

 10 
 on: July 05, 2020, 05:22:58 pm 
Started by jbz711 - Last post by jbz711
That's a bummer, still I'll grow it and see what we've got

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