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    Quote Originally Posted by mato View Post
    I think you're going to have to write me a manual..
    That's how I feel!

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    Awesome DJ! Two of my plants have like 15-20 flowers each, they look just terrible right now.

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    Those look totally awesome, Dj. Is that first pot 12" across?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mato View Post
    I think you're going to have to write me a manual..
    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    That's how I feel!
    Here ya go. I have tried several methods with these, and here is what has worked best for me for droso seed germination to date in my PNW conditions...your results may vary. I have gotten germination anywhere from 14 days to 3 months.

    I use 6-cell plastic seedling inserts and small Jiffy pots, although it seems easier to me to control moisture in the plastic seedling inserts.

    I scarify the seed with a small file on the side of the bulbous end, scraping off the surface of the seed and being careful not to get down to the "white" part. All you need is a small area scarified. Sometimes I put the seed in distilled water while I prepare the inserts and sometimes overnight, but have not noticed any difference in germination rate or speed whether I soak them or not. Before planting the seed, I place a very thin layer of pure peat on top of the soil media to keep the seed from falling down into the bulky medium and to retain the moisture the seed seem to need for germination as I don't top water or spray the seed as my conditions seem to encourage mold on the seed. I place the seed on the surface of the media scarified side down, two in each cell. After planting, I mark the calendar and completely ignore them except to keep enough water in the tray to keep the soil surface moist.

    Media: Roughly equal parts perlite/pumice/washed play sand, and just enough peat to retain some moisture. No scientific measurements, I eye it and thoroughly wet the mix, grab a handful and squeeze the water out, and if the soil ball falls apart easily when I open my hand I call it good.

    Water: Tray method, keeping the moisture as you would for sarracenia. I don't top water as in my conditions the seed tend to mold.

    Light: A south-facing garden window that gets full sun 8-10 hours a day, and also outside with less sun as I put the inserts under a table so the rain does not wash the seed out.

    As I stated at the top, this is what has worked for me in my particular conditions and in no way implies this is the only way to get droso seed to germinate (see below). Many others have had success using different methods than mine. I don't have indoor setups with strong grow lights, climate control, fans, etc., so work with what I have.

    Last year in August I threw 4 seed straight from the seed pod into a gallon nursery pot with the standard soil mix used for sarrs and left it out exposed to the elements in the hot August sun and through winter, which was a particularly mild winter. I did not scarify the seed and did not protect them from the weather (actually forgot about them until I tripped over the "empty" pot in early spring). Two of the seed germinated, but was obvious the rain had bounced the seed around as one of them germinated between the soil and the edge of the pot. Both are thriving in that pot, so resisting the urge to transplant them into a "proper" soil mix and pot to see how they do as they grow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxima View Post
    Awesome DJ! Two of my plants have like 15-20 flowers each, they look just terrible right now.
    Awesome, just love those big yellow flowers and with that many must be some sight...pics? Are you hand-pollinaing them? I get better seed set when I do that, but since they only stay open for a day it is hard to catch them.

    Yeah, mine don't look as good when they are flowering either, but they bounce right back after the seeds have matured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluemax View Post
    Those look totally awesome, Dj. Is that first pot 12" across?
    It is a 10" terra cotta pot. This year I am going to use 12" pots, maybe two to a pot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ57 View Post
    Awesome, just love those big yellow flowers and with that many must be some sight...pics? Are you hand-pollinaing them? I get better seed set when I do that, but since they only stay open for a day it is hard to catch them.

    Yeah, mine don't look as good when they are flowering either, but they bounce right back after the seeds have matured.
    Unfortunately I've missed their bloom, DJ I was out of town for a month so I was able to pollinate only a few flowers. I'm at least thankful none of the plants died in spite of being dry for 3 weeks.
    This one has 20+ flowers on it. There's another plant like this and the others have about 6-7 flowers on them.
    I collected my first seeds today!


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    [QUOTE=maxima;1126054]Unfortunately I've missed their bloom, DJ I was out of town for a month so I was able to pollinate only a few flowers. I'm at least thankful none of the plants died in spite of being dry for 3 weeks.
    This one has 20+ flowers on it. There's another plant like this and the others have about 6-7 flowers on them.
    I collected my first seeds today!

    Nice one! Easy to miss the flowers even when not away as they are only open for like half a day. They do get a better seed set if hand-pollinated, but they self-pollinate also so you should get some seed from some of the ones you missed especially if they are outside attracting bugs. Congrats on the seed you collected.

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