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    Nepenthes Seed Setups

    I would like to discuss & see peoples Nepenthes seed growing setups and read your experiences.



    What temps do you sow your seeds in, do you germinate HL seed in HL conditions or normal room temps?



    Do you cover your seed after a few weeks to "spur germination".



    Do you let your germination trays sit in shallow water (1/8" or so just to keep the moss wet) or let them be a bit drier?


    How long do you wait before writing off a pot and dumping it?





    Since I brought it up I'll start off with my setups:



    This is my main seed sowing shelf room temps 70-90*F days 65-70*F nights about 12″ below a pair of 54 T5 High Output lamps







    These cake or cookie containers my mother found for me at a rummage sale make nice high humidity environments. Seeds: N. beccariana & N. sumatrana







    Nepenthes seed are hit and miss, This tray was planted in April 2011. The top two containers are N. viking x ampullaria no germination, the center two are N. rafflesiana var. alata I got about 20 seedlings, the final two trays are N. ampullaria red speckled and have not germinated.





    N. “thorelii” (who knows what it will be) were planted in July 2011 no germination yet, container is two seed trays in a $1 plastic shoebox to create a high humidity environment.







    Here are three N. pectinata planted in Feb 2011 who need to be moved from some rather gross soil into live moss.





    Out of about 50 N. inermis seed sown in Feb 2011 I got one one lone seedling, who has been moved to live moss.

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    nice work

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    hey josh...i hear that raising up temps to around the 80s increases germination rates. the seedling temperature requirements arent that big of a deal until they get older.
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    Hi,

    Although I usually sow on sphag, and sometimes peat moss, nowadays I always float some on water also. The latter usually germinates quicker for me, and often in better numbers.

    It is a bit of work having to transfer them to "normal" soil after germination, but I think it is worth it.

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    I have tried many methods, but so far here is what has worked best....

    Temps: 80-90F day......68-71F night (HL seed is not allowed to get over 85F)

    Humidity: 80% or higher.

    Light: Best results with 2 20W T12s 6in over soil surface.

    Soil: Best results with 2parts coarse peat, 1 part sand.

    Watering: Tray method for the first few months, thewn top watering as the seedlings gain size.

    I wait 6 months before dumping seeds...if the seeds look fine with no decay, I will wait longer.

    pics of my setup.



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    Thanks for the detailed run down of your setup Exo!

    So HL temps aren't really needed for germination?


    nowadays I always float some on water also. The latter usually germinates quicker for me, and often in better numbers.
    I am very interested to see/hear more about this water germination method. I recall seeing someone germinating Utricularia seed on water.

    How deep do you make the water, how quickly does the seed germinate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Thanks for the detailed run down of your setup Exo!

    So HL temps aren't really needed for germination?

    Nope...even strict HLers seem to germinate best in intermediate temps...day temps of 80F, night temps of 68F.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Exo, what is this greenhouse you are using?

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