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    I have redeived a variety of seeds, mostly Drosera within the past two months. I have them in several plastic boxes from discarded pipette tip dispensers. They have an inner container that have 100 1'4" diameter holes to house the tips. I just take it and invert it and have an instant mini open tray with drainage. The outer compartment fits around it and has a lid that can either be propped open or sealed for humidity. since I am dealing with seeds, I keep it covered, on a window sill. It has taken 4 weeks to two months to see germination. I'm sure there are several variables as to why (light, warmth, viability, etc..) Seeds I have almost given up on are just now germinating. It REALLY requires patience!

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    Alot of it depends on the freshness of the seeds also, I have found that older drosera seeds take months to germinate, while freshly harvested ones take only a matter of weeks. I think the seeds life span isn't very long due to their small stature.
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    I have had tuberous drosera that took four years to germinate. Giving them their wet, bone dry seasons too. I was going to dump the whole thing when d. macranthra, d. ramellosa, and d. platypoda decided to make an appearance. I took them to a CP society meeting, where macranthra and platypoda sprouted legs and walked out the door. That was nine years ago. I still have the ramellosa's. I hope whoever borrowed my babies knew what they were doing. I'd hate to think all that time germinating them was wasted.



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    Bugweed, that's really bad! Swiped! Pilfered! Nicked! Unreal how some people can be so selfish.

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    No doubt. They really can take a while. I never throw out a pot of sown seeds. If I really need the pot, I'll just sow OTHER seeds in there, too. I try to make sure I don't mix seeds from the same genus, though, just for the sake of avoiding confusion. I was getting rather impatient with my nep seeds (which STILL haven't germinate, over a year later....probably toast), so I threw in some sar seeds and drosera seeds.
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    My pygmyies are just blooming and I planted them about 2 months ago. And a couple other Drosera's are hatching as well (2 months old). It seems that I have the quickest germination time I've found is Dionaea seeds (which took about a month)
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    I had vft seeds germinate in under 10 days....but they were VERY fresh. I'm quite sure that's why they were so fast.
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    Patience is a real virtue when it comes to seed germination. I germinated seed sent to me of a supposedly invialble D. graminifolia from Caraca, Brazil that was poorly stored for 4 years. It took over a year. The same thing happened with D. montana var tomentosa: well over a year. So it's not just the Australian species that are reluctant germinators. I would say a year is the minimum period before you can even think of giving up hope.
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    Jim,
    No doubt. They really can take a while. I never throw out a pot of sown seeds. If I really need the pot, I'll just sow OTHER seeds in there, too. I try to make sure I don't mix seeds from the same genus, though, just for the sake of avoiding confusion. I was getting rather impatient with my nep seeds (which STILL haven't germinate, over a year later....probably toast), so I threw in some sar seeds and drosera seeds.[/quote]
    That's exactly how I intend to deal with the last remaining holdovers. Thanx!

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