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    I am about to set some seeds out. How much light should they get during stratification, and should they get direct sun?
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    To germinate your seeds I suggest a bit of bottom heat and PLENTY of good airflow, otherwise you'll have a lovely tray of mold and grey Botrytris to gaze upon. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Keep moisture plentiful and light decent. Seeds themselves do not need sunlight but seedlings do. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Wesley, If you stratify them in your refrigerator for 6 to 8weeks, they get no light to speak of at all. The main thing as was specified to you is soil warmth. Bottom heat is something that can be applied to many plants in mid- February, and they will start growing, coming out of dormancy. It can be as low as 40 degress outside, but if the bottom heat is on all the time, and your rhizomes don't get cold, sarracenias will grow even then. Soil warmth is important in more ways than one. NEVER let them miss dormancy!!
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    And by the way, Dean Cook has had them last refrigerated for 8 years.
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    Question

    Here's something I do if sarracenia seeds are really old (I mean like 5 years). Before you stratify them soak them in distilled water with a touch of dish detergent, and by touch I mean touch the detergent and disperse it in the water. Let it soak overnight, then stratify.

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    That makes sence, dish detergent would break appart the outer non-polor coating of the seed so it could more redilly absorb water. Next time I try planting 5 year old seeds I'll try that (yes, I planted 5 year old seeds last year around this time, and only got 2 of 70-some to sprout)
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