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    Quote Originally Posted by NemJones View Post
    lolwat. No way man, Nep seeds dont even last beyond 4 months at the most.
    I've had several different species of Nepenthes seeds germinate well over a year after sowing. Not sure where you're getting your data on this but it is incorrect. Nepenthes seeds can germinate in as little as 2 weeks but some seeds can take much, much longer.

    Rocketcaver, your Sarracenia seeds are likely no longer any good. If they had been stored in a refrigerator (or even frozen with some species), they would likely still be viable. At room temps however the seeds are probably long dessicated. As others have said though......it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    I've had several different species of Nepenthes seeds germinate well over a year after sowing. Not sure where you're getting your data on this but it is incorrect. Nepenthes seeds can germinate in as little as 2 weeks but some seeds can take much, much longer.
    Ive been told from many members that nepenthes seed will not sprout after being stored for 6-12 months.. Buut im wrong anyways. My bad
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    Length viability depends on many factors and can vary from genus to genus or species to species. It depends on how the seeds were stored etc. One study on Dionaea seed germination and viability found that seeds of this species lost all viability if dry stored at room temperature after 45 days. Where as fresh seeds (just ripened) sown on moist media would begin germinating after 45 days. Seeds dry stored and refrigerated can remain viable for many years, perhaps even indefinitely. Bob Ziemer will relate to you how he germinated 20 year old seed. And then there are those wheat and other grains that have been germinated from Ancient Egyptian tombs.

    Most CP seeds have reputations for short viability (several months at best, a few weeks for Dionaea and some Drosera) periods if not stored properly.
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    We'll, I guess all it will cost me is some rack space and a little time, so I'll give it a shot. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
    I appreciate the comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemJones View Post
    Ive been told from many members that nepenthes seed will not sprout after being stored for 6-12 months.. Buut im wrong anyways. My bad
    Yes, if the seeds were stored and never sown, they would be dead after that long. However, if they have been sown on soil, there have been numerous reports of seeds then sprouting up to a year or more later.
    This applies to Nepenthes seeds only, Sarracenia seeds will last longer but do also lose viability after a few months. However, as everyone's already said, no harm in trying them!
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    i have seeds that have been sown in spring one year after stratification come up the following year, so they can take over a year to germinate, germination rates were not good though. Also I have had 'old' seed stored in much the same way as yours have been stored, grow when planted, again with poor germination rates, but hey give it a go they're free and nothing ventured nothing gained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemJones View Post
    Ive been told from many members that nepenthes seed will not sprout after being stored for 6-12 months.. Buut im wrong anyways. My bad
    You're misinterpreting what Johnny has stated; he is talking about the length of time some Nepenthes seed can take after sowing - that much was stated clearly in the above quote - you aren't paying attention. He's not talking about germinating seed that has been kept in dry storage for a year and then sown.

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