Sarracenia Flava x Sarracenia Purpurea Venosa Seeds

Sarracenia Flava x Sarracenia Purpurea Venosa Seeds

The hybrids can be highly variable, but they should be upright, very red, looking like Sarracenia flava but with the caracteristic lid of Sarracenia purpurea venosa.
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10 Sarracenia Flava x Sarracenia Purpurea Venosa Seeds
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Sarracenia Flava x Sarracenia Purpurea Venosa
Sarracenia flava x Sarracenia purpurea venosa is a spectacular hybrid, the best you can have among Sarracenias. The Sarracenia flava had a red tube and green lid and Saracenia purpurea venosa is red to purple. The hybrids can be highly variable, but they should be upright, very red, looking like Sarracenia flava but with the caracteristic lid of Sarracenia purpurea venosa. The upper part of the pitcher should also be swollen like Sarracenia purpurea venosa. They trap their prey by offering them nectar to sip which is secreted around the lip of the plant and also at the base of the lid. Flying and crawling insects will find the nectar and if they take a wrong step, they will tumble into the pitcher. Once inside, they will find that retreat is impossible, due to short stiff hairs pointing downward. The inside of the pitchers are also very slippery, even to insects with the best traction. Once the insect reaches the bottom it is dissolved by enzymes in the bottom of the pitcher and the nutrient value is absorbed by the plant. Hardiness zones 7-8, (-10øC/15øF, -15øC/5øF) in Winter. They require seasons in order to survive long term. They need a dormant period of about 3 months in the Winter. The typical heated home is too warm in the Winter. The entire planter may be moved to an area where the temperature will be at least 2øC/35øF or lower. During the Winter months, restrict watering somewhat, but never allow the plants to dry completely. If left outside during Winter, protect them from dry freezing wind during deep freezes by covering the plant with black plastic. Uncover the plant when the deep freeze and dry freezing wind is over. They can grow well in pure sphagnum moss, live, long fibered or shredded, as well as the standard peat moss/sand which can be anything from 30% to 100% peat moss. There's no need to fertilize, as the plant relies on insects for food. The humidity should be between 60-80%. They should be grown in bright light, but with protection from full midday sun, the temperature must be around 21øC/70øF, 27øC/80øF. In cloudy coastal areas, artificial light is a must. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Water must be distilled or rain water because they do not tolerate city or hard water. It is a good idea to place a pie pan or large saucer, with about an inch of water in it, under the pot. Elevate the pot by placing pebbles under it so that the base of the pot is barely in contact with the water, not submerged; the growing medium must stay moist, but never soggy. This will keep the humidity around the plant higher and it will ensure that the plant has a constant source of moisture.
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Common name Yellow Pitcher Plant
Species Sarracenia flava
Cultivar purpurea venosa
Germination The seeds require 6 weeks cold stratification before sowing, directly on the surface of your moist but not soaked soil mix. Once it's time to take the seeds out of cold stratification, cover the top of the pot with clear plastic so the humidity will remain high, place them in an area with real nice strong light and keep the temperature around 21øC/70øF, 27øC/80øF.

When you see some tiny plants starting to sprout, slowly open the top of the pot, a little each day, so that the new seedlings don't go into shock from the humidity being lowered too quickly. After cold stratification, germination usually occurs in 1 to 3 months, but it can take longer, depending on their degree of unbroken dormancy, don't give up.
Scarification / Stratification It creates a cold and moist environment for the seeds. This will break their dormancy. Place the seeds on top of a prepared soil mix. The pot is then placed into a ziplock bag with approximately an inch of water on the bottom of the bag. Close the bag shut and place it into the salad crisper compartment of your refrigerator. Make sure to check the seeds often. If fungus or mold appears treat it with a fungicide.
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