A rumination on germinating Nepenthes seed.

Robert Allen (Robert.Allen@Eng.Sun.COM)
Thu, 24 Feb 1994 14:17:23 +0800

(Someone who's doing in vitro has probably already
thought about this...)

Common thought for germinating Nepenthes seed is
that they must be kept very warm for germination.
After thinking about this I have a couple of questions:

1) Does this seem to apply to both highland and
lowland species?

2) Just what does the heat do, and could a chemical
be used to simulate what the heat does? Heat could
only do two things: cause chemical reactions to happen
faster in the seed, or cause expansion of absorbed water.
The latter could perhaps be done by stratifying seeds.
The former could perhaps be done by application of
certain chemicals.

Has anyone had similar thoughts?