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Oct 12, 2016
I have some Drosera capensis seeds that I want to germinate. However, winter is soon upon us and indoor temps will be as low as 60 degrees f (~15c) in the growing room. I stuck an old adhesive reptile heating pad to the bottom of one of those disposal foil lasagna baking dishes, so now I have a portable heating pad that I can put wherever I want. I plan on using it underneath a small aquarium that I am using as a germination chamber. I was also thinking of putting my Utricularia fulva over the heating pad as well, to keep it happy through the winter. I grow under fluorescent lights this time of year. So far, the aquarium gets nice and balmy and I'm hopeful that it will work.

I am curious if other folks here have some kind of homemade germination strategy for the winter months. I'm not too worried about them getting too warm, because I can easily disperse the heat by resting them on clay pots if needed. I welcome any tips or suggestions to increase chances of germination.
Jun 24, 2012
Mansfield UK
In my experience D capensis needs no strategy whatsoever to fascilitate germination. It pops up in pots in massed ranks. I don't have any heating in winter so the seed/seedlings freeze, it doesn't bother them at all.(Zone 8b)