A while back on another forum I read a thread about a person "doing everything wrong with Darlingtonia." Essentially, he obtained a death cube cobra from Lowe's, and, not knowing what to do with it, placed it in a sealed glass jar terrarium in Miracle Grow potting mix. He watered by spraying tap water on the plant every once in a while. He left the plant in direct morning sun despite being sealed in a terrarium. Essentially he set it up for failure.
Yet it lived. It grew. It didn't just tolerate the conditions, it developed over time as a plant should. It even had nice red coloration. Though much smaller of a specimen than one would expect, it lived like this for three years at the time of the posting a few years ago. Presumably it is still going. He hasn't updated lately.
Since reading about this experience I have wanted to try it... Well, try something similar. My local stores never stock death cube cobras, though, and I don't want to send one of my current plants to probable doom or purchase a $30 plant for such an ill-fate. So I have decided to try this with seeds. I know of a reliable source of cheap cobra seed, and I obtained a pack for this experiment.
The following pictures show the set up: about 50 mountain form seeds sprinkled on top of a 2:1 mix of diatomaceous earth and peat moss. I have used rain water exclusively so far and plan to continue using only clean water. The jar will remain sealed and in bright, indirect light. I chose not to accurately replicate the experiment I read about because it felt too.... dirty. Or evil. Probably both.
The seeds have germinated -- or have started to -- after three to four weeks with no stratification.
Updates will follow.