Willy's TC Journey

KingLouisCLXXII

Carnivore
No fungicides needed. If you have springtails they will be very helpful cleaning and feeding your plants. You may leave them in live moss, the sphagnum shouldn't overgrow your Drosera plants unless they are super tiny.
Ah Ill give springtails a try too, I have a ton of them so this will be a good use for them haha
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
Nepenthes clipeata is critically endangered, it is perhaps the most endangered of all Nepenthes species, with only an estimated 15 plants remaining in the wild as of 1995 according to Nepenthes and conservation. Curtis's Botanical Magazine 12.
It's one of the species that I'm working to propagate more and hope to have it available sustainably.
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WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
I’m curious, what’s the benefit of sowing these seeds in vitro as opposed to just planting them normally?
Good question!
Plants in vitro are under control, they are pest free and germ free, and you can keep them in different nutrients and PGRs for manipulation.
Micropropagation (TC) is a critical tool for research and experiments, you can test the plants' reaction to different conditions and additives. For example does it like 2.5% sugar or 3% more?
It's also good for preserving a specific plant and propagate more when needed. Most plants will not die due to old age, so it's a good tool to keep something in TC just to have a reliable copy.
Beside cloning, it also allows faster rate of selective breeding programs because you could speed up the growth of a plant, say Drosera, from naturally mature in 1 year to 4-6 months. When you want to do a cross breeding of AxB X CxD, it takes at least two full generations to produce, so you'd appreciate any time reduction in the process.
 

dewy

Plant
Good question!
Plants in vitro are under control, they are pest free and germ free, and you can keep them in different nutrients and PGRs for manipulation.
Micropropagation (TC) is a critical tool for research and experiments, you can test the plants' reaction to different conditions and additives. For example does it like 2.5% sugar or 3% more?
It's also good for preserving a specific plant and propagate more when needed. Most plants will not die due to old age, so it's a good tool to keep something in TC just to have a reliable copy.
Beside cloning, it also allows faster rate of selective breeding programs because you could speed up the growth of a plant, say Drosera, from naturally mature in 1 year to 4-6 months. When you want to do a cross breeding of AxB X CxD, it takes at least two full generations to produce, so you'd appreciate any time reduction in the process.
Interesting! Thank you:)
 
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