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    Many of you folks may have been lucky enough to recieve some of the Nepenthes ventricosa (typical x red) seed from Hamish, via Trent and Michelle Meeks in the US. I have been generous to put together "Nepenthes in 9 pictures" to help the other people out in sowing their Nepenthes seed.

    Step one:
    Get your seed and LABEL it.


    Step two:
    Get a large shallow flat that isdrained. I used a flat with an undrained flat underneath to keep the moss in the mesh flat.


    Step three:
    Get some sphagnum moss (no cheapie stuff, use the good stuff) and crunch it all up with your hands or a blender/scissors/etc. And watch the dust, avoid breathing it in.


    Step four:
    Wet your moss and spread it throughout the flat, don't compact it with your hand, just make sure it is spread around. Compacting a seedling mix, esp. for a Nepenthes is a big no-no.


    Step five:
    Open your seed packet so it is easily accessable.


    Step six:
    Using your fingers (DRY) gently dispurse the seed around the moss flat.


    Step seven:
    Avoid these types of "clumps".


    Step eight:
    Give them babies some water! Mist mist and mist! Doing this also ensures good seed-moss contact.


    Step nine:
    Stick your label there and try to use bottom heat, I used my greenhouse heater, no sense in wasting that heat after it shuts off!


    Tada!

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    Way to go Dustin! Beautifully illustrated.

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    beautiful! unfortunately i didnt se the seed offering soon enough, I love your pictures though very helpfull, if there is any seed left pleae contact me
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    Thanks Trent, I figured you would enjoy it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Kirk, contact Trent to see if any seed is leftover, Hamish sent him a heap I hear, but its going like hotcakes!




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    where do you egt your sphagnum?
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    I get it from Lowes in a package called "Orchid Moss" its Chilean moss, but it is very high quality, but not as decay resistant as NZ LFS.

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    Hi Dustin
    Thanx that,s a good little guide there [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Bye for now julian.
    What is the normal time scale for germination?i know that there is many factors to this eg species,how fresh ect but just a general rule.
    Cheers julian

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    It takes a while to germinate Julian, I honestly haven't really measured how long it took (well I am this time) but I'd say around 3-4 months at least. Most of the time I'm chanting "sprout,sprout,sprout,sprout,sprout,sprout!".
    Another factor is if the seed is well recieved (taken from the seed pods properly) and obviosly fresh.

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