recently I've started germinating sarracenia seeds in my terrarium. many of them have sprouted, and nowI would make you some questions about growing Sarracenia seedlings indoor. Which is the best humidity range for them? How much powerful are your neon lamps and at wich distance do you place them from the top of the pots?
Thank you very much for the attention, I hope your plants are growing like crazy,
That is an interesting question......I don't think I have ever grown sarracenia indoors long term other than maybe prematurely waking up sarracenia.
humidity isn't a big deal until they reach maturity however it is my solid belief that it does play a part in how big your traps will get. I would say collect some data on what the humidity range is on the south east coast of the US in the early summer(mid June) and try to mimic that. maybe like central VA or NC? in general maybe 60-65ish percentile of humidity?
they like it bright so it may be a trial and error. start at 2 feet and keep lowering until the plant gets red spots then back up 4-6 inches. there are too many variables to quantify as there are many different types of fixtures and setups available. whatever you run set it up so it delivers 12-14h of light which I think may be optimal for the plants.
for florescent......I think 15,000 lumens would be good. Generally good t5's will be 100x the wattage so 15k lumens will be close to 150 watts or price-wise generally speaking around a $200 fixture should deliver the necessary intensity as different fixture types have different intensity measurements based on their power efficiency.
Humidity when germinating:near 100% is optimal (in an enclosed seedling tray or ziplock baggie) until they produce 3-5 juvenile leaves. You can then slowly acclimate them to ambient humidity by cracking open the bag and slowly exposing them to normal humidity.
Lights:the brighter, the better. I use 2 of them crappy 4' long T6 or T8 fluorescent bulbs (can't remember which one it is), 32 watts per bulb or something like that. Very energy efficient and they give off a lot of lumens.
Post by Jonathan Mejia on Mar 16, 2017 13:45:50 GMT -5
I grow indoors under t5 lights. Many people have grown their seedlings under 24/7 light for the first few months to promote growth. I recommend using MAXSEA as well INSIDE the pitchers when they are big enough.
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The best way I've found, with germination in 7-20 days and sustained healthy growth, is under T5 lights as Jonathan said, and in my case — within my lowland Nepenthes setup. The temperature in there is constantly warm, in the 70°s F. I germinate with no humidity dome in standard 1020 flats. There is natural high humidity in there with the Nepenthes. Distance from the lights range from 12-15 inches.
I'm going to throw out a pitch here for germinating Sarracenia seeds closer to mother nature's way. I've always gotten good germination by sowing seeds on trays of long-fiber sphagnum moss, then leaving the trays outside for the winter. They get a natural stratification that way, and they germinate in the spring. We usually see germinations in April here in the Pacific Northwest. I like using long-fiber sphagnum because the seeds tend to settle into the moss as they get rained on. It's also good if trays are up on benches to minimize animal problems. Outdoor germination is going to be a bit weather dependent. It won't work in tropical climates, and climates colder than zone 7 may need a cold-frame or covering for the winter. Outdoor germination also has the advantage of not messing around with lights.
Like Jeff, I also germinate sarracenia seed naturally outside here in the PNW except I sow them on a peat mix because of problems with birds disrupting the moss. In my yard the birds will also eat the seed, especially in winter when food is scarce, so I cover the trays with small-mesh chicken wire. I put the seed trays under a table outside to protect the seeds from getting bounced around by rain until they start to sprout in spring. I get good germination rate using the natural method with strong seedlings that will not have to be acclimated to real sunlight, photoperiod, and weather conditions that seedlings grown under artificial conditions need.
It's been quite a long time since I've started this thread, but after all this time I've decided to try. Last spring I stratified some seeds in the fridge (not really well I'd say, and I'd also say this has been the cause of low germination and substantial slow growth) and let them germinate in my little greenhouse (10ft x 13ft). At the end of September I put them inside, in my old Nepenthes and Heliamphora terrarium. After nearly four months (and a lot of fertilizer) these are the results:
First one is a picture I took when I put the plants inside, last one is a picture from yesterday.
Soon I'm going to change setup, building a more suitable grow box... So stay tuned if you want to see how it'll go!
well, every pot has 2-4 pellets of osmocote in it, additionally I spry the seedlings weekly with a 1/4 TBS per gallon maxsea solution and I also fill the biggest traps with the same solution. I'm trying to make them grow as fast as I can, but they're still pretty slow
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
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adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
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sarrseens: How about $50
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