What is the best way to germinate Nepenthes seeds?

From: MARIN (marin@sprint.ca)
Date: Sat Jul 17 1999 - 20:22:58 PDT

Date: Sat, 17 Jul 1999 23:22:58 -0400
From: "MARIN" <marin@sprint.ca>
To: cp@opus.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <aabcdefg2615$foo@default>
Subject: What is the best way to germinate Nepenthes seeds?

  I received some Nepenthes seeds from BMT World seeds a few months
                               ago, but none of the seeds seem to
                               germinate. They were sown on finely
                               chopped long strand sphagnum moss,
                               watered with distilled H2O and placed
                               under fluorescent lights for 14 hours
                               a day. It's been about 9 weeks now.
                               I just planted some more a few weeks
                               ago and was wondering if there is any
                               special treatment that will initiate
                               or improve germination. I don't know
                               how fresh the seeds from BMT were,
                               but the ones I planted a couple of
                               weeks ago were 2 weeks old. How long
                               do Nepenthes seeds usually stay
                               viable and how long do they usually
                               take to germinate? I also received
                               Drosera Burmannii seeds from BMT
                               World Seeds with the same results.
                               Any special treatment for them?
                               Thanx in advance to all list members
                               that reply. Marin

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