new to S. flava, need advice

MzMolly65(7)August 2, 2012

Has anyone had any luck starting these from seed and having them survive in NW WA?

I'm falling in love with them and think I want some for my garden. The live plants I'm finding for sale on the internet at $26 for a 3" pot are just too pricey for my pocketbook but I found seeds for sale.

We just moved here and the yard is pretty bare so I have lots of room to play with. I have sunny areas, shady areas, low wet spots, high dry spots and a patio with potted plants.

All advice appreciated or any leads on live plants at a better price???

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dethcheez(Sunny SoCal Z10)

Personally I hate growing carns from seeds
Other than maybe Dews it takes for Ever to get a nice plant

Can't comment about the conditions for your location???
But Sarrs don't seem to be to hard to start from seeds
Although IMIO I'd hold off till the Spring to get them started
I would say it's a little late in the year to get them started now as they'll be going dormant here in a few months

If it helps
I've started them in the past in 6 cell gardening pots on a 50/50 peat & sand mix
Pots covered with plastic wrap till they sprout / In a tray of water
Bright sun / But not all day direct sun


Have had pretty good success with them

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 6:53PM
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nankeen(z8b Portland OR)

Hi MzMolly,
I live in Portland just south of you and have some recommendations.

First, you need to pick the sunniest spot in your yard. At leas 8-10 hrs of sun in the summer, 11 or 12 near the solstice is best.

Second, you need a sphagnum bog. See the link of mine. Pond liner with a couple holes to ensure a little drainage and a mix of peat and perlite or pumice works best. Pure peat is fine too. The cost will be about $200 for a small one. The other option is to grow in pots with water saucers, which can be fine for many years.

I agree with dethcheez that seedlings are tough. It's about a 5-7 year growth period to bloom. In that time, your one small start will grow and divide into as many plants as you start with seed. I started with 5 plants in 2006-2007 and this year the divisions completely fill the bog.

Third, next time you're in Portland, visit our Saturday market and find Sarracenia Northwest's booth. They have them for less than what you described.

Last, visit Brad Wilson's website to get inspired:


Here is a link that might be useful: Bog

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 8:20PM
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