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    About the Drosera seed: the plants are self fertile, and pollinate themselves when the flowers close. Let them be until you notice the sepals turning brown and/or the capsule seems to be opening. You can harvest individual capsules as they succesively turn brown, or wait until the entire scape has finished blooming. It usually takes about 3 weeks after the blossom closes for seed to be mature. Then, cut the scape off, and place in in a sheet of white paper, and fold lightly. Label it at once, so you don't forget later which seed it is, and place in a cool dry spot for a week or so. By then the seed will have dried, and will come out of the capsules if you lightly roll them on the paper. Fold a groove in the paper, and roll the seeds into a paper envelope, save some for yourself, and send the rest off to friends asap 10-20 seeds are usually enough for a single sowing, fresh seed germinates the best. Store seed in the fridge under cool dry conditions, and sow when warm, bright weather arrives. If your plants are not flowering, try to increase the light levels: this is not a difficult species to flower, and lack of successful flowering is probably due to too little light.

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    Thanks Tamlin...I thought maybe light was the issue in the buds not opening. Having increased the light in my tank, I now have my first open buds. I will try to get the seeds (for sharing) although I know spaths are fairly common. I wish I had some rarer plants/seeds to offer people but maybe one day in the future.... :-)

    Suzanne

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    I happen to think that a carpet of spaths running across the bottom of my tank would be awesome... infact, I have let every scape on my spath reach towards heaven just because of that!

    I would love that...

    Suzanne? your having a fungus problem? you should get some fungicide from jeff and phil, and spray your tank down... it will END any fungus problem you have, I assure you!

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    OK I am confused here. Martin said the flowers don't need to open in order to get seed and other people are saying they just need to close together to get seed. WHat is the right answer?

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