Sarracenia seedlings

daniella3d

Carnivore
It's better to use peatmoss with perlite. rinse the perlite well. Sand get compacted too much for my taste. I use 3 parts of peatmoss for 1 part of perlite.
 

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Saw your post AFTER I transplanted my sarr seedlings to some peat/silica I had mixed up. Gonna leave them for now and see how they do! Do you have any issues with algae growth on the soil with foliar fertilization?
 

H2O

Administrator
Staff member
I wouldn’t worry about using Silica sand too much! I’ve used nothing but 2:1 Peat and Silica Sand since I started growing Sarracenia, some plants stay in the same pot for years and blow out the sides of the pots.

I think what’s important to remember is that all of our growing conditions are different and what works for one person might not work as well for others. For example my friend with the massive Red flava collection (posted a picture a couple weeks ago) grows all of his Sarracenia in pure peat, not perlite, no sand, and wow does it work for him!
 

daniella3d

Carnivore
I have a lot of my plants in pure peat and it works very well too. I use perlite for seedlings because it is a lot easier to repot seedlings when the soil is very loose and for that the perlite help a lot.
 

Stanley

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I was using milled/chopped LFS for the seedlings and glad I did as it made it so much easier to repot compared to using uncut LFS.
 

Raymond

Carnivore
I was using milled/chopped LFS for the seedlings and glad I did as it made it so much easier to repot compared to using uncut LFS.
I wish I had done the same... I though at first LFS would be easy to repot but I was wrong, so wrong. At least that was for droseras so even if the roots were ripped up they would recover soon enough.
 

daniella3d

Carnivore
Do you have any issues with algae growth on the soil with foliar fertilization?
I have a few little bits of moss growing here and there, but no algae. I spray the plants when they are too young but I put it in the picthers after they are big enough. I even had some live spagnum growing at some poin but that died after I started spraying fertilizer.
 

daniella3d

Carnivore
They amaze me how much they change in one month. These are new seeds that germinated in middle of January. The first picture is 2 months old, and the last one is taken today, 3 months old. One of the seedlings is bigger than all the others in the 7 batch of seeds I sow and quite white, for a little 3 months old.

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daniella3d

Carnivore
My older seedlings (6 months old on the 21 of April) are growing very fast. Those from one batch are looking good but those from the other seed batch are turning into very ugly ducklings! I am not sure that is reversible, but I will keep them until they are more mature to see what they will look like. For now they are very ugly! lol!
The ugly ducklings. It is supposed to be children of Areolata White knight but I seriously doubt it because none of the 54 seedlings are showing any white and the supposed mother plant is very white. that monster is 7'' tall.

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And the one I think is my most beautiful, with the red throat. It has a white top with red contour, and a red throat. It's the most vigorous of its batch of seeds. The one with the red top is also cute, it's mostly green but with the upper half all red. I don't know if that will change later on.

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daniella3d

Carnivore
Very nice growth! This reminds me that I have a lot of Sarracenia seeds that need to be started!
You should yes. I never had so much fun growing something as I have with sarracenias. It surely make the winter goes quicker and I don't miss my sarracenia collection too much that way. They grow so fast that it is possible to see the growth between morning and evening in one day! These little guys are not boring.
 
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