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Name: Stu Hofwijks
Suriname, Paramaribo
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StuHof
Dec 22, 2017 10:24 AM CST
Pachycormus discolor seedlings almost 2 weeks old. I read somewhere that they are winter plants, will they survive an matured in my climate and are they really Pachycormus discolor ?
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Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Dec 22, 2017 10:33 AM CST
Hello Stu, the plants are looking very leggy to me as though they are not getting enough sun. Also the soil appears wet so they may be getting too much water?
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Dec 22, 2017 10:37 AM CST
You will have to wait for true leaves to have a better idea what you have.

Pachycormus is native to our part of Mexico and it is a dry growing plant. We get most of our rain in winter. The plant is programmed to wake up and leaf out in the late fall, then lose its leaves by summer. During the first year or so of growth, there is no dormant season, so do not deprive very young seedlings of water. As they mature you may wish to provide overhead protection during heavy summer rains.

I have not grown the plant from seed but I would think it important to provide strong light (hours of daily sun if the plants are growing indoors) and excellent drainage (about 50% rock in the soil mixture). I am guessing they need more light than they currently have, and would benefit from a faster draining soil. But there's no sense in moving the young seedlings now, that's just general advice for the future.
Name: Stu Hofwijks
Suriname, Paramaribo
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StuHof
Dec 23, 2017 10:22 AM CST
vitrsna, I put a shade net around the
Seeds and I do not water them until the mix is almost dry.
My mix is coco peat, pine bark, black husk and black soil. I removed the shade net today.
Thanks for the fast response.

Baja_Costero, thank you for the fast respond and great information. I did uploaded the wrong pic but here is the right one.
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