Care notes for Carnivorous seeds.

GENERAL:
The seeds are the freshest you can obtain as fresh seeds give you a better chance of success.
Germination can take from 2 to many weeks to germinate; some more challenging types can take over 6 months.
To get started all you need to do is fill a small pot (plastic is advisable) with the correct soil and to stand the pot in a tray of about 1-2 inch of rain water.
When the top of the soil is damp to wet it is time to sow the seeds.
Most species can be sown by sprinkling the seeds on top of the compost; larger seeds can be pushed gently into the soil.
Exceptions are noted below.

Sowing notes:
Sarracenia:
Germination can take from 2-6 weeks.
If no germination is observed the seeds may need stratification.
This can be done by either
1: Put the pot complete with seeds in a clear plastic bag and put in the fridge for 4-6 weeks or
2: Soak the seeds for 24 hours in GA3, which we can supply with instructions on use.

Utricularia:
Germination can take from 2-6 weeks or longer.
Best to place the pot in a warm place out of full sun and in semi shade to get the best results.

Drosophyllum:
These can be a bit of a challenge to grow.
Soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting can help, as can carefully scratching the surface of the seeds.
GA3 can also help.
After soaking the seeds, press each seed into the compost.
Germination can take 3 to over 12 weeks.
Upon germination it is best to transplant the seeds immediately into their final pot.
They don't like being transplanted as this will kill the plant.
Once they have been transplanted water only from above and only when the top of the soil is dry to the touch.

Byblis:
In the wild germination is triggered by forest fires.
This can be achieved in various ways,
1: Put the seeds on a fireproof tray or saucer, place a pile of tissue or newspaper over the seeds and light the paper.
Be very careful with this as paper has a habit of flying about when it's on fire.
2: A safer way is to pour boiling rain water carefully over the seeds after planting.
This must be repeated a few times over a couple of hours, be careful not to wash the seeds away.
3: Soak the seeds in GA3 for 24 hours.

Dionaea:
Sow the seeds on top of the soil and keep moist to wet, high humidity and ground warmth will speed up germination.
They can take up to a year to germinate without warmth.

Genlisea:
These can be a bit of a challenge to get to germinate.
A couple of tips are to keep the soil very wet, and to keep the pot in a warm shady place.

Pinguicula:
Temperate species that can be grown outside may need stratification by placing the whole pot of sown seeds in a plastic bag and placing in the fridge for 4-6 weeks.
They can also be sown and the pot placed in a sheltered spot outside and germination will begin the following spring.
Tropical species are best grown in the same conditions as Genlisea and can take over 12 weeks.

Drosera:
Most species can be sown and grown using the same technique as Dionaea Muscipula.
Some Australian and South African species will only germinate when the correct temperature is obtained as they are mainly cold growing.

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