Carnivorous Plants from Seeds
Generally speaking, the seeds of Carnivorous Plants are quite small and very slow growing. It takes a typical Venus Flytrap and many other carnivorous plants 3 to 4 years to gain a size of over 2 inches. Because of this, most Carnivorous Plants generally are not practical for those wanting quick results. Sundews are the exception and generally reach mature flowering size by the end of the first year.
The best medium for seedlings is finely milled peat moss mixed with an equal amount of clean, washed horticultural sand. You can use finely chopped, live green Sphagnum also mixed with washed horticultural sand. Mix and water thoroughly. The medium should be soaking wet. Sow the seeds directly on the surface. Do not overcrowd them and do not cover any Carnivorous Plant seeds with medium. Carnivorous Plant seeds need light to germinate. Cover the growing area with plastic to keep humidity extra high. Place the seeded pots in the same growing conditions that the mature plants require. Use slightly filtered, rather than direct sunlight. Artificial lighting is fine. Transparent plastic containers with small holes punched into the lid also make a good CP germination container.
As a general rule, seeds that mature in the Spring are ready for immediate sowing. Seeds that ripen in the Fall must undergo a period of damp cold treatment called stratification. This can be accomplished by placing the seed-sown pot upright in a sealed plastic bag and refrigerating it for 6 to 8 weeks.
Carnivorous plant seeds offered by Carnivorous Plant Nursery are high quality, fresh seeds harvested directly from our plant collection. All seeds are produced from open pollination and cross pollination may occur. As a result, seed offspring may vary somewhat from the parent plant, as is the case with all natural offspring. Seeds for sale list the mother plant. For example: VFT typical may be pollinated from another VFT typical or from any one of the VFTs in the collection, such as VFT Royal Red. The resulting seeds may show characteristics of both typical and/or Royal Red. Round-leaf sundew will likely be pollinated from another Round-leaf sundew, but it is possible to have been pollinated from another sundew, such as the Bird's Nest sundew. The resulting seeds may be true to Drosera rotundifolia or be a D. rotundifolia x intermedia cross.
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