How to Grow Sarracenia : Tips for Growing Pitcher Plants From Seeds

Hi! My name is Wes on behalf of
and in this video segment I am going to talk to you about propagating your sarracenias
from seeds. If you want to know more about carnivorous plants, you can visit us at
So in the spring the sarracenias produce a flower structure like this. This is a dead
dried flower structure but after this flower has been pollinated, they then produce seeds
that take usually all summer long to produce the seeds. Right here we have a seed pod that
is full of seeds. Each flower should produce hundreds of seeds so when we are propagating
from seeds, we take the dried flower, you are going to empty it over a piece of paper
so that you keep track of all its seeds. As you can see here, this flower is just absolutely
full of seeds. You want to keep track of all the seeds that you can because each one of
these seeds potentially can grow a new plant especially in cultivation where you have controlled
environment. You can get a new plant from almost every single one of these seeds. So
we are going to go ahead and start potting up a few pots with our potting soil, peat
moss and pearl light mixture
and we are going to sprinkle a few seeds on top of each one of these pots and you want
to be careful when doing this because you want to get maybe a dozen seeds per pot. Some
of these seeds won’t take but most of them probably will and you can have multiple seedlings
growing in each pot. Once you’ve done this, you need to put these plants, these seeds
rather, through a period of cold stratification. You can refer to cold stratification in our
introduction to growing carnivorous plants videos on the Expert Village website. After
these plants go through the period of cold stratification, they will start to grow and
you will get small little seedlings like this sarracenia here. This has been growing for
about 10 months and this is what the small little baby sarracenias look like.

13 thoughts on “How to Grow Sarracenia : Tips for Growing Pitcher Plants From Seeds”

  1. depends where you get them. DO NOT BUY THE KITS MADE BY DUNECRAFT (called "pitcher plant predators). Instead, by from a well-respected nursery. If you want, you can join the ICPS and see if you can get anything from the seed bank. None-the-less, seeds are much cheaper than plants are.

  2. It's really hit or miss, and I hear of more misses than hits. The seeds that dunecraft sells you are usually very old and were not properly maintained, so they're usually dead.

  3. i don't understand why you first plant the seeds in the soil- THEN say 'cold stratification' isn't the purpose of cold s. making the seeds germinate first, so that you can then put them in the soil?

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