It is still growing strong after being re-potted. I started a new batch of seeds. So far 3 have sprouted. The key to getting them to sprout and stay alive is keeping them in a humidity dome and keeping the humidity as close to 100% as possible. You don't need a professional greenhouse. Things like old fish tanks or take out containers will work just fine to keep them moist and humid. I hypothesize that they may be light activated, just as many cactus are. My reasoning comes from the fact that both cacti and Boswellia grow in desert or desert-like environments.
I purchased a milligram scale, some 6-Benzylaminopurine, gibberillic acid crystals, and some 3-indole butyric acid (in both powder and gel form).
For those of you who do not know what those things are, I will take a second to explain. Plants produce different levels of growth regulators depending on what stage of growth they are in or what species of plant they are. They usually produce these regulators in relatively miniscule amounts.(Exception to the rule;willow shoots contain high amounts of salicylic acid; a rooting growth regulator)
These growth regulators, sometimes referred to as 'plant hormones'
are very potent so they need to be weighed using a milligram scale and diluted in solution. Generally speaking, these growth regulators, or hormones, if you will, are diluted and measured in ppm(parts per million).Gibberillic acid
(abbreviated as GA3) is a naturally occurring plant hormone which is used in a wide array of applications. It is commonly used to 'wake up' seeds which are otherwise dormant. Seeds which require cold stratification, scarification, or others which just naturally have a low germination rate can be treated with GA3 to greatly increase the germination rate. It also 'cancels out' the effect of abscisic acid contained in the seed.(abscisic acid keeps the seed from germinating during warm periods in winter.)
GA3 is also used to treat food crops such as grapes because it encourages cell division in the fruits. Next time you are looking at grapes in the market check to see if the grapes are large and elongated. Chances are good that if they look like that then they have been treated with GA3.
Don't start freaking out now!!! Plants produce this chemical naturally and it has been consumed by people for thousands of years. It is relatively safe when consumed in the amounts naturally found in plants and in amounts found on the grapes and other produce found in the market. Produce suppliers do not need to tell you the produce contains it because it is naturally occurring.
Normally, GA3 is used anywhere from 100-1500ppm. This is a broad range. Some species of seeds require more for it to be effective, others require less. While one see may be burned by a 1500ppm concentration, another may handle it just fine. In any case, it is best to start with a mid-low range concentration and adjust accordingly. 200-500ppm is a good starting range. Here is a youtube video of a boy who did experiments using GA3 on beets. You can clearly see that plant that was treated with both GA3 and nutrients had much lusher growth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whhLH6A3aD06-Benzylaminopurine
(Abbreviated as 6-BAP) is another naturally occurring plant growth regulator. It is most commonly used to suppress the effects on the lower branches of the auxin produced by the apical tip. An apical tip is the top growing tip of the plant where new leaves sprout from. The apical tip produces this plant growth regulator called auxin
, which suppresses the growth of the lower branches. A plant only has so much energy it can use to grow. Auxin helps the plant by suppressing the growth of the lower branches so that the apical tip that is growing the best can mature.
The exact mechanism of action of 6-BAP has not been thoroughly researched and as a result is not entirely understood. However, it is clear that it overrides or cancels out the effects of auxin in some way. When 6-BAP is applied to lower apical tips, or branches, if you will, it cancels out the effect of the auxin produced by the top apical tip and allows the plant to put energy into them. Plant treated with 6-BAP will look more bushy as a result and less 'tree-like' so to speak. 6-BAP is commonly applied to the areoles(spike nodes) on cactus in the form of a gel, rather than a solution, to encourage pupping(when the cacti puts out babies...awwe
). On other more leafy plants it is applied directly to the lower apical tips in solution form.3-indole butyric acid
is another very well known plant growth regulator. In short, it is a rooting hormone.
If anyone is interested in hearing more about plant growth regulators and how I plan to use them please let me know. It is a lot to type, especially from memory, and I'd like to hear at least one person is interested and that my words aren't falling on deaf ears before typing more.
Peace and Love