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    Quote Originally Posted by Maiden View Post
    In fact, its not the first time i grow stephen's seeds, i have a big seedling with very black pitchers, but the germination rate is quite low. So this time i try the fridg stratification method.
    I have used the ninety day fridge stratification for years; and I have consistently gotten good results -- by a third or more, in terms of germination, over simply planting seed . . .
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    i kind of took the middle option and left them on a cool window sill for a couple of months,i shall try the fridge method next time.To be honest i had so many seeds i think a poorer germination rate will not bother me too much ,but great to have your input BB,i know a lot of the seeds you germinate are rare and you can't afford poor germination.Agreed a third more is seriously substantial
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    Quote Originally Posted by corky View Post
    i wish you luck Maiden and look forward to hearing your results,and maybe another ICPS article when you get your method perfectedif you like post a pic of the dark pitcher plant here ,i would like to see
    Sure


    Cephalotus follicularis par dals009, sur Flickr

    You can see the difference with this normal clone, under the same light.


    Cephalotus follicularis par dals009, sur Flickr
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    that looks very promising indeed,how old is that plant Maiden

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    Around 2yo

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    Quote Originally Posted by corky View Post
    i kind of took the middle option and left them on a cool window sill for a couple of months,i shall try the fridge method next time.
    Another useful method, is the use of 250-350 ppm gibberellic acid, for twenty four hours, to ensure germination; and to get those "gears" moving . . .
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    Ok,thanks for the advice .what does that stuff actually do,does it kinda soften the outer seed case

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    Afternoon All,

    I also have some of Stephen's EBxEB seeds. I will try the cold greenhouse with at least some of them.

    I have a few pots of other Ceph seeds that went straight into a warm propagator so I will split these new ones between warmth and a cold start.

    Cheers
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    Proud holder of every species in the family Cephalotaceae in my collection.

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