Thursday, March 20, 2014

Journal March 20, 2014 - TC Olive Drupe Experiment

The Kalamata olive seed planted on January 25, 2014 is looking more like the Loch Ness monster than any olive seedling I have ever seen.   This photo was sent to the tissue culture expert who has been advising me, but I don't think she is sure as to what this is doing, or is going to do.  As for me, I am going to let it grow, as I am very curious to see what it does. 

When I planted the seed I did not know that I could have simply used a small amount of nutrient salts, sugar and agar, rather than adding all of the hormones I added.  A new batch of Kalamata and Trilye seeds have been started in the traditional culture protocol for seeds, however, I would be willing to bet that it takes more than three weeks for germination to begin, if it ever begins,.  

One advantage of starting seed this way is that you can visually check the progress of the seeds whenever you want.

On the subject of seeds; I am off on another tangent and have started seeds for several varieties of carnivorous plants.  And, tomato and pepper seeds for the greenhouse have been started as well.


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