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    It's been a day less than a week since I planted my different varieties of sundew seeds. However, it has now (too late unfortunately) come to my attention that my cat may have peed in the sand before I mixed it with the peat. I don't know this for sure, because I thought the peeing may have been done after I used the sand, but now I'm getting a rank smell for inside my terrarium and I can't see any mold or rot to account for it, and nothing has happened with my sundews yet (again though, it's only been a week). So I'm thinking of starting again, but here's my dilemma:

    I only have a select number of seeds left, and they are so small I have a hard time figuring out how to handle them.

    Should I germinate them im a tray of water outside of the warmth of my terrarium first, THEN put them on the soil once the seeds swell and break?

    Or should I be able to just take them all and scatter them on the soil right away in the terrarium, keeping them warm and humid until they germinate? If I should do it this way, what's the easiest way to get the seeds from the paper into the pot without losing them since they're so small? Also, since they are so small should I just germinate them all at once to make sure I get at least one plant for each variety out of the deal (I estimate I have approx. around 10+ seeds left per variety)?

    I want my sundews, someone help me get my babies up please! I believe these seeds have already been through a stratification process, or whatever the cold period is. The species are listed in an earlier topic I started. Thanks. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    And yes, unfortunately I need idiot-proof instructions because I've never germinated seeds before except for my mimosa of which only one is finally sprouting. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Go with the water method, it works great. I have given instructions on how to do this in another post.
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    I know you have, thanks Larry! I may just go with your method and hope for the best. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    My only problem with using that method, or any other for that matter, is that these seeds are so small I can barely see them! It makes it hard for me to handle them.
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    Here is how I do it:

    Have your moistened mix in the pots and ready. Take a sheet of white paper and fold it. Good bright light is needed to see the seed. Put your seed on the paper, and by gently tapping, try to roll individual seeds down the fold, and onto the medium, one by one. Don't sow too thickly: although the seeds are small each one is a potential plant. 25-30 seeds is a good sowing, and this is not much when you see it on the paper. Seedlings grow best when not overcrowded. Keep the end of the fold moving, so that you plant each seed in a different place.
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    Thanks to both of you! Right now I am flooding the existing ones in the hopes of saving them. If this does not work, I now have enough info. to germinate the next batch! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    If you flood them you could possibly bury them and then there is definately not much of a chance of them germinating.

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    I thought about that...but it seems either way they were lost, so I thought I'd take a shot in the dark and hope for the best. So sundew seeds aren't like most? They actually won't germinate at all if they are just below the surface of the soil?
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    I don't know for sure but from everything that I've read they all seem to say don't bury the seeds in the least little bit becasue they get lost. Maybe they are not strong enough to break through. They also never get that big either. Maybe it's different for neps and sarrs.

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