There is nothing quite like a byblis liniflora against the sunlight.
I could hardly wait for my byblis to grow and set seed so that I could see that beauty multiplied many times over. And so when it did, I collected the precious seeds and sowed them.
Then I waited and waited … but nothing happened.
I checked with my CP mentor. “Did you bleach the seeds?” he asked. “If you didn’t, you can say goodbye to them,” he continued matter of factly.
My heart sank. That was 30 seeds down the drain. “I need to bleach them?” I squeaked. I wasn’t quite sure I heard right. “… but they don’t have bleach in nature …”
When the byblis cooperated and gave me more seeds, I was prepared.
Feeling something like a mad scientist, I poured the bleach, diluted it and dropped the seeds into the corrosive solution. When they were ready, I planted them and hoped for the best.
… after 8 days, bingo!!! My byblis babies greeted me!
Media: Use mixed media of 1 part washed sand and 1 part sphagnum peat moss OR 2 parts sand, 1 part sphagnum peat moss and 1 part perlite, topped with long fibre sphagnum moss
Sun: Part to full sun
Preparation of seeds for sowing:
1. Dilute 1 part bleach in 10 parts water.
2. Soak the seeds in the diluted bleach solution.
3. Strain the seeds as soon as the black seeds turn off-white. This takes between 30 min to a couple of hours.
4. Sow as per normal.
Germination period: Approx 6 days