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Bonjour Jeff!

This morning I collected some fresh Drosophyllum seeds, in total I can count 16 seeds collected since early July, I am satisfied and still some flowers to bring out more!

I often read that "older" seeds will germinate better, is that true? Now I keep the seeds in transparent packages, it is stored dry and left on my desk inside the room.

Could I sow these seeds now or not? If I do so, I would soak in water for 2 days first.

But what medium do you use for the seedlings? I raised both plants from seeds too, but I found it sometimes a bit complicated since seeds will get lost in the pot and the color is similar to the soil so I canīt even find them back again.

Do you have any remedy for me?

Thanks and have great day!


Hi JP,

Wait about 6 months before you sow the seeds.  You'll get the best germination that way.  Also, you can soak them, but first scarify them.  Get a small file and scrape the fat end of the seed until you see just a tiny bit of the white endosperm showing.  This really helps germination.

Use a mix of 2 parts perlite, one part sand, to one part peat moss.  I like to sow plants in peat pots before moving them to a larger permanent home.  That way if you get some failing to germinate or thrive you're not wasting space in a big pot.  With peat pots you just plant the whole thing.

Hope that helps.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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