Hi! I'm really excited because I recently purchased a packet of Darlingtonia seeds - but I have NO idea what to do from there! I'm nervous and scared too...
As you can see I'm going through a very emotional time
I've sort of ordered the seeds, so I have this week before they arrive. I plan to begin germinating straight away with a few seeds, depending on how many there are. I'm planning on 'rationing' the seeds, in case some don't survive, and I'm going to refrigerate the rest so they'll keep.
Other than that I'm lost, so I beseech you...please if you have any info to help me I'll appreciate it forever! The seeds only cost me 12.50$ + 1.00$ postage, NZ dollars, so I'm pretty happy, and not to fussed if it doesn't all work out-but I really want it to! This might be my ONLY chance to get a Darlingtonia, they're very expensive here in NZ, and these seeds are a rare deal!
So, hee's a few, well a lot of starting questions!
1. I know I have to stratfiy the seeds, but for how long is best?
2. Under what conditions should I stratify?
3. What temp should the fridge ideally be at, what temp is best, what the minimum/maximum temp?
4. Do they need to be on media, or paper, or just in a bag?
5. Is a jar best or a bag. Should the bag/jar be see-through or inclosed?
6.Will the refrigerator light be a trouble - do they need light whilst stratfiying?
7. How do I prepare the seeds for stratifying?
8. What can go wrong and what should I do if it does?
9. Is fungicide necesary? What fungicide? How much? What NZ one can I use?
10. Do they need to have water?
11. Will the air in the bag going stale be a problem?
12. How many seeds is best to try at a time?
13. What do I do when the stratifying times over?
14. How do I care for the unborn seedlings so they'll germinate?
15. What's the likelihood of them germinating for me?
16. How do I water the seedlings, do I need a terrarium for constant heat, humidity?
17. What temps are best for the seedlings/seeds?
18. How long should I wait before starting to give up hope if they don't germinate?
19. How much water do the seedlings need, how much light, how do I get the right humdity?
20. How fast will they grow if they germinate?
21. Once they germinate, then what? (Bsically all of the above questions, but for when they're actually seedlings-do they need different care, if so what? When should I acclimistise them etc.)
22. How do you grow your plant?
Thank you so much if you answer! Sorry about all the questions-I really wanna get this right!