Sarracenia Seeds Propagation Guide.
Growing Sarracenia From Seeds. A Step By Step Guide. Sarracenia plants can easily be propagated from seeds. In the following guide we will show you how you can easily propagate Sarracenia seeds. Once you have purchased your fresh Sarracenia seeds. The first question most people have is do i need to “Stratification” my seeds. Stratification is a process which will simulate a cold winter season for the seeds. Sarracenia plants flower in the spring time & set there seeds during Late Autumn so “YES” you do need to “Stratification” your Sarracenia seeds. If you wish to preserve your seeds for sowing at a later date it is best to keep your seeds stored in a refrigerator to help them remain fresh for a longer period of time. 1, The first thing you will need is a pot of sphagnum peat moss soil which has a very little amount of perlite mixed in. For which to sow your new seeds onto. Never use normal general potting soil (Compost) as found in most garden centres. As normal potting mixes usually contain nutrients added into the soil mix which will kill your plants. As Sarracenia can only be grown in poor nutrient free soil which most growers use “sphagnum peat moss” as there soil media. 2, You can use a block of wood or similar flat object like the bottom of another flower pot to flatten the surface of the “sphagnum peat moss soil” so that it is nice & level ready for sowing your seeds. To which once you have a nice flat soil surface you are then ready to sow your seeds. 3, Please note it is best to sow your seeds directly onto the surface of the “sphagnum peat moss soil” Do not bury the seeds as burying the seeds will tend to inhibit there germination. As light & Temperature will play an important roll in helping your seeds to germinate. 4, It is advisable to place some white paper onto a table with which to work over as when you unwrap your seed packet. Then if you happen to drop a seed you should be able to find it easily as Sarracenia seeds are very tiny. You can use the fold of the seed packet by holding the paper over your pot & gently tapping the paper which you can gently shake the seed onto the soil surface. 5, Once you have sowed your seeds evenly onto the surface of the soil. You need to stand the pot of seeds into a tray of rainwater or Distilled water to keep them moist. You need to keep the soil just lightly damp never waterlogged. 6, “Stratification” This is achieved by placing the seeds into a cold damp environment for around 2 months. If you have purchased your fresh seeds during the Autumn period you can simply place your seeds into a unheated greenhouse or cold frame which work very well. To which the seeds will start germinating naturally the following spring time. If however you purchase & sow your seeds during the Spring/Summer months when the weather has started to warm up. You can either wait until the following Autumn to sow your seeds naturally (store seeds in a refrigerator until you decide to sow them which will keep the seeds fresh) or sow & place your seed & pot of sphagnum peat moss soil which can then be placed in a plastic bag & then placed into a fridge for 2 months. Then after the 2 month period has passed. Take your seeds out of the fridge & place them on a bright warm window sill where they can germinate. With this method your simply changing the seasons artificially. Also if you keep your seeds in a bright area while stratifying them you may find that moss & algae may grow well before the Sarracenia seeds start to germinate. So it is advisable to cover the pots over to keep the soil dark while the seeds are stratifying for the 2 month period. This will prevent any Moss or Algae from growing. Then just remove the cover when the seeds start to germinate in the spring. 6, It may take some months for the seeds to germinate after “Stratification” has occured. The seeds must be kept warm at around 20’C - 24’C and also have very good lighting conditions which will also help with germination. You can place the pot on a sunny window sill as long as you keep the soil moist at all times by keeping the water topped up in the water tray and mist twice a day you must never allow the soil to dry out fully as this will kill any  seedlings that has germinated. The soil must be kept moist at all times. You can purchase fresh Sarracenia Seeds From our Seed Section
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