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    Okay, we all know about stratification and what to do when we receive VFT or Sarracenia seeds. But what is happening in our Southeast? The mature plants wake up from dormancy and in the spring they produce flowers. From the flowers the seeds follow. If we are taught to spend ~3 months for seed stratification, what do the seeds do in nature? Do they germinate in the warm weather or do they hang out until the following spring? Botton line - How do seeds get cold stratification in nature?

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    VFT seeds don't need stratifying [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    They fall to the gorund in May and get going straight away.

    Sarracenia seeds fall to the ground in October and germinate the following spring.



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    Thanks Alexis. That clears up that confusion on my part! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    I have observed that many fresh VFT seeds will germinate within a few weeks, but seeds also to continue to germinate for many months. I suspect that this is a good species survival strategy. If all seeds germinated immediately, then if poor conditions follow most would die. If some seeds germinate later then perhaps some seedlings from a seed crop would be successful. It would be interesting to determine if delayed germination is genetic. That is, if only the latest germinating seedlings were kept and repeatedly bred, would the proportion of late-germinating seeds increase?

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    That's and interesting theory proposal! It may be a case that the ratio may not appreciably change - sorta like on the lines of bees having a queen in the wings, if necessary or how some fish change gender, if necessary. Don't know, just a thought.

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    I allways try to imitate natural conditions! Frogs can change sexes to!

    Cheers

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    Quote[/b] (nepenthes_ak @ Mar. 07 2006,7:02)]I allways try to imitate natural conditions! Frogs can change sexes to!

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