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    Greetings, all.

    I note that there are several methods to use in getting good germination of Sarrecenia seed. I have a big family which I have to earn a living for, so my time is limited, but at the same time, if people on this board are good enough to send me seeds, I want to show respect by doing what I can to get the best germination possible from what I am sent.

    Can any of you describe the steps you use to stimulate good germination? The least number of steps the better.

    Thanks as always

    Tim

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    This is for Sarracenia seed.

    1. Place seeds in a plastic bag with some damp sphagnum moss.
    2. Place bad with seeds and moss in refrigerator for 4 weeks.
    3. After 4 weeks, space seeds about 1 cm apart on the surface of a moist mixture of peat/perlite or milled sphagnum moss.
    4. Cover container with clear plastic and place in indirect sunlight.

    Hope that helps.
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    Thanks, mine are now in full sunlight. If you think it's best, I can put them under the main greenhouse table.

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    Tim,
    Nick has it down. I would add this:

    * Instead of putting the seeds in moist spaghnum(they are small and tend to get lost easily) I put mine on a paper towel, roll it up, wet it, zip lock bag it and label it with a Sharpie pen. (laundry marker)
    * when stratification is complete(4 wks) wring the paper towel out and dump the seeds onto a plate to dry. They are so much easier to handle if the don't stick to your fingers.
    * I get a plastic shoe box with a lid at Target or such ($3.00) and put my moss in that then sow the seeds. The lid helps keep the humidity up.
    * Placing seeds out individually can be nerve racking, especially if you are a coffee achiever like me. I sprinkle mine on the top of pre-moisted, chopped, long fiber, sphagnum moss.
    *Germination occurs in 4 weeks. Just add water to the box as needed. You will get moss and slime molds with a lot of light. You can use grounded cinnamon on the slime molds or allow the moss to dry slightly to kill them, then water again.
    * heat helps speed germ.
    * I would not put them under the bench. They need light to germ.

    Sorry to be so verbose but I find details make the difference.
    Happy Growing!

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    Thanks. Those are a lot of details! I think I'll rather put them in the frig for a bit, dump them on moist peat, and keep them on the second layer of my greenhouse!!

    Thanks!
    Tim

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