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    Hey all... I was wondering what I seem to be doing wrong here... In a previous post, I mentioned that I recently sowed some D. Capensis and D. Rotundifolia seeds. According to the information that I got, they both should have sprouted within 15 days time. I'm now at day 19, and have seen no results. Here was my method used: 2 inch pots, filled full with a dried sphag., perlite combo, equal amounts of each. Both mediums were washed. I let them soak, in a stainless steel bucket, with plenty of water, for 24 hours, mixing them up at about 4 hour intervals. I then squeezed the excess water out, re-rinsed till the water ran clear, and potted the soil. I sowed the seeds appx. 1/8th of an inch under the soil, but under other advice, 3 days later seperated the soil back to expose the seeds to fresh air. The pots have been in standing distilled water, in full 6.5 hour a day sunlight since. The average temp here has been about 78 degrees, with 65 % humidity. Any help would be greatly appreciated... I'm starting to lose hope that they will grow for me!
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    If you buried them, they probably won't sprout as sundew seeds are very tiny and would be hard to see. Don't give up as it can take them a month or two sometimes.
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    Wow! I had no idea it could take that long! should I keep the soil as wet as I have been, or do you think I should try drying it out a little bit?
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    If you have the set up covered, they only need a little moisture. You also want to avoid getting mold.

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    Did you cold stratify the D. rotundifolia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (The Griffin @ April 02 2006,4:06)]Did you cold stratify the D. rotundifolia?

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    D. rotundifolia comes from northern climates, and the plants flower in summer, so the seeds expect there to be a long, cold winter ahead. Then, the seeds sprout in spring. So, to get the seeds to sprout in cultivation, they need to have around 3 months of coldness, like in the fridge. Then, sow them on any sort of peat mix, and they should sprout within a few weeks to a month. "Cold stratify" just means to give seeds a cold period of weather in order to make them sprout.

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    It needs to be cold and moist, just putting the packet of seeds in the fridge won't do it.

    You can sow them in a pot, then put the pot in a bag, and place the bag in the fridge.

    Or you can place them on a moist paper towel, then place that in a bag, and put that in the fridge.
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