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Germination of

Sarracenia purpurea

Purple Pitcher Plant - Sarracenia purpurea, Northern Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia purpurea

Sarracenia purpurea: Sarracenia purpurea, also known as the purple pitcher plant, is a carnivorous plant native to North America. The seeds should be sown in a well-draining soil mix and kept moist. They require cold stratification to germinate, which can be achieved by placing the seeds in a plastic bag with moist soil and refrigerating them for 4-6 weeks. After stratification, the seeds should be sown on the surface of the soil mix and kept moist. The ideal temperature range for germination is 18-24�C (64-75�F). Germination can take anywhere from 1 to 3 months.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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