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    Could not find anyhting specific through the search function.

    Does anyone have any experience with growing N. gracilis from seed?

    Thanks,

    Aaron.

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    I have not done gracilis, but it should not be hard. Is this your first seed?
    Nepenthes seed seem more prone too fungus than other cp seed, in my limited experience. I have had seed germinate on milled sphagnum and peat/sand. A popular substrate by a UK friend of mine is perlite/vermiculite. It is more inert than the organic compounds, sp less prone to fungus probably. make sure you soak the perlite and vermiculite to leach any salts/unwanteds.
    After than, warm, humid conditions(a baggie works) and bright, non-direct light and you should have germination, if the seed is fresh.
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    Joe

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    If the seeds are fresh, there will be no problem to get good germination. If you have tiny seedlings, repot and give them a slow-release fertilizer in the substrate (Osmocote).

    Jan

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    Thanks Joe & Jan,

    Yes, this is my first attempt at Nep seeds.

    I was lucky enough to get so many seeds that I can easily try several batches of 30-40 seeds per batch.

    This first batch I am trying with a 50:50 peat:sand mix in a minim plastic propagating greenhouse which is being kept in my glasshouse. Night temps can get down to 10-15C and day is about 25-30C (all depends on the water) so I figured this might be getting a bit cold at night for N. gracilis.

    What do you think about the lower temps? An issue for germination?

    I'm also thinking to try a batch in an old aquarium with a heater and fluoros in order to keep more stable and higher temps. In this I’ll try some with the 50:50 mix and some in LFS (both live and dead).

    Hopefully with all of these bases covered I should get something.

    Aaron.

    Ohhh! Another question. For the seed that I do not immediately use is keeping it in an airtight ziplock bag in the fridge the best place?

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    No. For most cp seed, the fridge is good, but not for lowland Nepenthes seed
    Jan, I am sure this is covered somewhere, but how much osmocote do you use?

    Regards,

    Joe

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    ... about 4 or 5 for a 7x7 cm pot.

    Jan

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    That is what I would have guessed, thanks.

    Cheers,

    Joe

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    Sorry for the kind of late answer...forgot about that posting.

    Jan

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