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    The first three if it was me but I already ordered tentaculata.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lance View Post
    They all look like easy to grow species...if your feeling confident then Id get them all

    ---------- Post added at 04:34 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:33 PM ----------

    oh, and btw, a pod can have 40-120 seeds
    Perfect! Hopefully the pods I receive are giant and filled with seeds.

    Quote Originally Posted by dionae View Post
    The first three if it was me but I already ordered tentaculata.
    I'll go for all four I suppose. It's $23 if I bundle them all into one shipping price, but I may just go ahead and order tonight and pay the shipping on all of them, so it would be $31. Not too bad for 200-600 seeds, and if half germinate, that's 100-300 pitcher plants for $31... About $0.10-$0.30 per nep... So each seedling is 1/50 to 1/150 of the cost of a $15 nep.

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    Wish I had that kind of room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketcaver View Post
    Wish I had that kind of room.
    I really don't have enough room to raise them all into adulthood. It will fill it my greenhouse for sure though!

    I'll probably end up selling a few locally or giving them to neighbors/friends/family.

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    I got a little carried away and ended up ordering 6 pods...

    N. Adrianii - 1 pod
    N. Ramispina - 1 pod
    N. Tentaculata - 1 pod
    N. Glabrata - 1 pod
    N. Gymnamphora - 2 pods

    When I receive the order, how should I open the pods? Do I just pull them open? Are the seeds inside ready to go straight into a peat/sand mixture?

    Thanks for all the help everyone!

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    Everyone's conditions are different, but it totally depends on the seed health. If the seed is harvested at the right time, the germination rate will be fantastic and the seedlings will be robust. But if the seed are harvest at an unripe stage, you might get weak seed or in-viable seed.

    Anyways..to your question... the seed pod generally come half split showing seed that looks like coco husk. Also..be careful as the envelopes contain some seed as well. I generally open the envelopes very carefully to avoid dropping seed. Then once you have gathered the loose seed, you can use a forceps to gently and carefully open the pod. I do this on the white envelope to ensure all the seed is gathered well. Then...sprinkle them on your media of choice, water it down to ensure good contact and then just wait and hope that the seed germinate and that the seed is indeed actually what the sellers claim it is. Face it...its really hard to tell seedlings apart. (few exceptions of course and generally you can tell some species apart)

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    The shipping was combined and I just paid for them. Not sure when they will ship out. Hopefully I'll get a tracking number. Should be here between two to three weeks!

    Quote Originally Posted by vraev View Post
    Everyone's conditions are different, but it totally depends on the seed health. If the seed is harvested at the right time, the germination rate will be fantastic and the seedlings will be robust. But if the seed are harvest at an unripe stage, you might get weak seed or in-viable seed.

    Anyways..to your question... the seed pod generally come half split showing seed that looks like coco husk. Also..be careful as the envelopes contain some seed as well. I generally open the envelopes very carefully to avoid dropping seed. Then once you have gathered the loose seed, you can use a forceps to gently and carefully open the pod. I do this on the white envelope to ensure all the seed is gathered well. Then...sprinkle them on your media of choice, water it down to ensure good contact and then just wait and hope that the seed germinate and that the seed is indeed actually what the sellers claim it is. Face it...its really hard to tell seedlings apart. (few exceptions of course and generally you can tell some species apart)
    Thank you for the response! Now I know what I need to do.

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    How fine should the sphagnum be chopped? Is there a desired particle size? Would 1/2" strands maximum work? Most are less than 1/2".

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    there is no set length IMO. I generally use the stuff at the bottom of a bag of LFS>..its powdery. If not, I just use a scissors and I chop up some sphagnum moss. So you end up with a heterogenous particle size ranging from small thick strands to powder.

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