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    Year round Sarracenia growing---from seed!!!

    Gather around anyone who wants to listen!!!!
    My "secrets" to getting large mature plants in less than 4 years. Growing Sarracenia seed from some on this forum, think it is hard. Maybe if you are going through the dormancy way of growing, but here's a SUPRISE!!!!! Sarracenia are really easy to grow and maintain, year round, for 2 years. All you need is:
    1. Seed heating mat with thermostat.
    2. A container for holding water.
    3. Seedpaks with many little pots!
    4. Incandescant or flourescent light bulbs.

    Whew! Glad I got that out! I fill the seedpak pots with straight Canadian Sphagnum Peat. I place them in the water tray, and keep it full, filling when it reaches the halfway mark. Water container sits on top of the Seedling Heating Mat. Mine is set @ 80 degrees. I have already striated the seed. Simply lay the seed on the soil surface. DO NOT BURY THE SEED!!!

    When the seedlings sprout, just leave the lights on 24/7. This has no affect on the seedlings except to help them grow. Sundews cannot live in the 24/7 lighting, so don't try it and lose your plants!!! However, Sarracenia seedlings go absolutely nuts, and continue to grow. I keep them in this situation for 2 full years, no breaks! The lights I use are Reveal lightbulbs, daylights, 100 watts. They never sleep! The plantlets can be as tall as 12" by th end of the 2nd year, 16" to 24 " by age three. I have one now belonging to Tony Paroubek that is ready to be shipped this spring. It is only 2 years old, the rhizome HUGE, and budding! Not even 3 years old yet, and budding! By the third year, seedlings HAVE to have a dormancy, or they may die. It is easy, and rewarding, and takes the drudgery out of winter. And you can do this all you want, all you need is seed. So do not discount growing seed, just learn the easy way, and lengthen your growing season to all year long!!!!
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    Hmm, all I need is a seed heating mat.

    Can this method be used on Darlingtonia too?
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    I have never tried this with Darlingtonia. I don't know. All I have to do is to drive for an hour or two, and I am up to my neck in Darlingonia. I don't think it will work, but an experiment is in order!!
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    Awesome, I guess I better go turn my grow rack back to 18:6 daylight:dark. I put it on 24 hr when it got really cold and my timer broke.....Don't want to lose my dews and neps!! I will set up a different shelf for sarr seedlings now. What is the hottest I should allow them to get (My grow racks are in the garage in south Louisiana - hot, Hot, HOT).
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    Sarracenia love the heat as long as they have high humidity along with it. It brings out color (the heat) that you may not even know is there grown hot. We get to 105 Degrees F around here, but the humidity is low. Cooks the hoods sometimes. A cold water ionizer in that kind of heat brings on BRILLIANT color. Set the ionizer as close to the plants as possible and turn it on. Then, observe the beauty! It also spares the hood from cooking!!
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    Hrm, I knew that you could skip dormancy for the first two years, but I didn't know about 24/7 growing. Do you think it would be possible to transition plants which didn't grow 24/7 their first year to that system?

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    yes. They will do the next year ok. If they had done 2 years on 24/7, you would have the mature babies within the first 3-4 years. Lets see what happens after the 24/7 treatment.
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    Is only the first two years from germination that can skip dormancy or can they go two years on, two years off repeatedly? It might be interesting if one could grow some monster Sarrs. Maybe not towering over the skyline of San Francisco but maybe as tall or taller than they usually get in the wild.
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