- Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:42 pm
Tuberous Drosera can be very difficult to grow from seed. Most of them need stratification (heat stratification, if I remember correctly) and it can take years for them to sprout. D. Auriculata and a couple of others do not need stratification and would be the easiest to grow from seed.
I tried growing D. Auriculata from seed a couple of years ago and was able to get them to sprout and it took around 21 days for them to germinate. I have a horrible memory but I think I had around 10 seeds and 7 or 8 of them germinated. All I did was wet a paper towel, put it in a petri dish, sprinkled the seeds out on the paper towel and covered it up with the lid. I kept it very wet and under a lamp that did the trick for me. Once they sprouted I very carefully moved them to a mix of 2:1 sand and peat moss. They all died though, I was still very new to all of this carnivorous plant stuff when I did it and it was too late into winter for them. Its all trial and error, if you can get them to sprout and keep them fed while they are so tiny, they should make it through their first winter and summer.
At the beginning of this past winter I purchased 2 Tuberous Drosera. Squamosa x Collina, and Ramellosa "White Flower". They did pretty well. Both survived and created tubers, I keep the room they are in at 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit and give them about 12 hours of light. When they went dormant I dug them out of their pots and put them in a bag with some moist media and kept them in a darker place. Theyre in the same room they were growing in and have managed to stay dormant throughout the summer. I have been checking on them every once in a while to make sure they aren't rotting or drying out, and to check to see if they are coming out of dormancy. Tuberous drosera like sand, So you want a mixture of about 2:1 sand and peat Or 3:1 sand and peat.
Whew, sorry this is a long reply. I don't know which tuberous drosera would be easiest to start out with. The Squamosa x Collina I have is supposed to be easy to grow (If I can do it, I think you definitely could, I am not a pro at any of this, haha). I read somewhere that D. Indumenta is also really easy to grow. If you can find D. Auriculata, that one would be good to start with also. Someone correct me if I am wrong but I think a lot of them are easy to grow. I think the only obstacle is finding them as plants/tubers. If you are going to try seeds you should start ASAP so they can get big enough before summer. I am not sure if people who grow them from seed keep them from going dormant their first summer, so you would have to ask around for that. Hope this helped!
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