Carnivorous Plants/Dionea seeds


Do you have to start Dionea muscipula seeds indoors?  I ordered 25 and they said to grow them in a plastic bag on a sunny window until they have new leaves.  Should I?  I live in zone 7/6, Ellensburg, WA

Hi John,

It's better if you don't do them in a bag.  That's just asking for all kinds of problems.  Just sow them in pots, then put them in your sunny window.  Soak and drain your peat moss for a day before using it to minimize algae growth.  Here's more details:

Did your seller indicate how old the seeds are?  Venus flytraps have a roughly 90 day viability from when their ripe on the flower stalks.  They last about a year under refrigeration.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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