Adeniums forum: Failed Adenium sprouting (and lesson learned)

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Mar 10, 2018 3:46 PM CST
So last month I got 15 Adenium seeds on eBay (this is my lesson learned!) and I did everything correctly as far as I can tell:

--sterilized sprouting mix (same I use for Avonia, Trichocaulon, Dinteranthus, and Lithops)
--sterilized water (same I use for the above)
--heating pad at 82º but in practice it ranges from about 76º to about 84º
--covered by a clear lid and monitored for humidity daily

It has been over 2 weeks with no signs of life so I gently dug around and found all the seed coats empty and weak having just turned to mush.

My lesson here: don't buy seeds from eBay. I got them from an individual in the US and they (allegedly) came from her own plant. I think she had good intentions and I did too, but it obviously didn't matter. I'm not devastated or anything, I just want to share my experience.

If there's anything I could have done differently, please let me know.

Also, if there's any place I can buy only a few seeds (10 or so) cheaply, please let me know. I don't care about flower type/color/variety. I just wanted to try my hand at this. So if I try again I'm not gonna spend very much given my track record. Womp, womp. lol
Keep going!
Name: Kate
Honolulu, Hawaii (Zone 12b)
Jun 7, 2018 1:34 AM CST
Thank you for sharing Jai. I just bought some seeds from a random ebay seller. I'm a bit nervous now. Who was your sellet?

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