Guy

Have I killed my seeds?

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On December 30th I sprinkled various seeds onto trays with a peat/perlite mix.  Nice and damp.

The trays went into my frost free (minimum 3°C) greenhouse.  Then I forgot about them.

Looking today the compost had completely dried out.  It's now damp again, but will it be too late for the seeds?

Thanks.

Guy

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It depends if they slightly germinated, if they did so they could be dead but if they did not germinate they should be alive.

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It has been cold so they may not have started full germination yet.  If that is so, lucky you, and they should still germinate, or at least some of them should still germinate.  Otherwise they will have dried out and are dead.  Just keep them moist for a month or so and see if anything comes up.  If nothing has appeared in say 6 - 8 weeks, then you have lost them.  I'll wager something will come up for you, though perhaps not all the seeds.  Keep them moist and at least wait until we get some warmer weather to promote germination before deciding to discard the trays.

Rob

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Thanks gents

There's no sign of any germination yet, so perhaps they'll be ok.  I'll certainly keep a closer watch on them now and make sure they don't dry out again.

Guy

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they will be fine,keep them damp/wet .i'd expect germination in april/may

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Remember sarracenia seeds need the cold weather for stratification. Like ada I plant my sarracenia seeds at New Year in a cold greenhouse and don't expect anything for 3 or 4 months.

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Thanks again.

Definitely warmer down here in Dorset than in Sheffield, so perhaps things will start a bit earlier.

As to the stratification.  Not sure how it will work out.  The greenhouse has a heater which keeps the temperature to 3°C as a minimum.  But, on a lovely afternoon like this, the greenhouse is up to 15°C and one of the roof vents has opened.

This is my first attempt at growing from seed.  If it doesn't work then a rethink will be needed for next year.

Guy

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At least some of them should still come up fine.  I don't usually expect to see germination until April or May from my Sarracenia seeds, that I tend to sow around Christmas time and place in an unheated polytunnel.

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