I noticed some of the seeds were floating... Did some followup and I think I will wait on this. We're due to have a server software upgrade in the next week or two, and some of the fixes in that may help. (click on the pics if you're interested, there's more info on the Flickr pages.)
The other issue has been with the cannibalistic life. It uses chat to negotiate energy transfers, and that's been causing the region to go down with OOM issues. The software upgrade is supposed to fix several OOM errors and it also offers HTTP server functionality, so hopefully one or the other will work for the negotiations.