hehe, i just got my darling seeds to germinate.... i left them in a bowl of water (used a tooth pick to stir a little so the seeds are below the surface tention. i waited (for 3 days) until a few sunk to the bottom of the bowl. i sowed those in the soil (havent germinated yet...) i was too lazy to sow the rest in the bowl. it reached just about a weeks time before i checked back to the bowl that i found the seeds in the bowl (the ones that sunk underwater) germinated! im soo happy
I just stuck the Darlingtonia and some S. flava seeds in the fridge. It is 9:26 Tuesday, September 23. When I put the seeds in the bag, I lost track of them all. There so small I can't figure out how your supposed to place them 5mm apart like it said at the ICPS.
Now all I have to do is twiddle my thumbs for 42 days.
i told ya, just stick them in a bowl of water. stir with a stick to get them under the surface tension. will germinate in a week or two. i do stir a little every day because the seeds stick to the sides of my bowl and the evaporation brings them out of the water. most of the seeds germinated for me. Zongyi
Stratification is basically a "simulated season". In this case, plants drop their seeds just before the start of winter, but it just doesnt do to have seedlings sprouting at that time to die with the onset of winter. The seeds lay there and wait for spring to roll around before they sprout. In cultivation we "stratify" the seeds in order to force them to sprout when we want them to. Basically we fool the seed into thinking it has just gone through winter (wrapped in a damp paper towel in the fridge for a month or so). Then we put them under grow lights indoors to fool them into thinking its spring even if there is 2 feet of snow on the ground.
For more info on this check out the FAQ pages at http://www.sarracenia.com/faq.html