I have a new batch of seeds coming in. if anyone wants to conduct an experiment with recording germination and conditions, etc I am happy to donate some lowland seed, which will grow in our climate without too much temperature and light adaptations needed - good growing will still be required, as for all plants.
This is an informal experiment with highland nepenthes seeds. I was hoping we can create something similar for lowland species. maybe one species or so for now, then if we are able to do this well, we can record conditions for multiple species.
That said, it is extremely difficult to do controlled experiments with nepenthes because:
- very slow growing rate
- many factors influencing germination
- extremely variable viability and seed longevity is also a matter of some dispute among experts.
So it becomes quite hard to raise a control group or even large enough numbers of plants at similar stage of growth for testing.
I am open to ideas and can give around 30 seeds of Nepenthes albomarginata, Nepenthes gracilis and Nepenthes bicalcarata when they arrive. I am open to purchasing larger numbers of seed of Nepenthes ampullaria and nepenthes rafflesiana (also lowlanders) as well as these - subject to availability - to donate for the experiment if we can come up with a good experiment design that requires greater numbers of seed.
I can bring over seed, I can help with basic sowing/growing information, but I cannot be present at the CUBE on a daily basis. I can at best visit once or twice a month - more likely less often, as I don’t come to the city frequently, so this can only be done if someone present at the CUBE wants to take the initiative. I am, however, available to consult via chat, phone, or video hangout at any time and looking at photos of what is going on will often be enough for giving advice if there is trouble.
I have your back, if anyone wants to take the effort and risk.