I just looked at the title of my blog post ‘The joy of growing from seed’ and realised I have turned into my mother without realising it!

I have been into gardening for quite a few years and I have gained a lot of pleasure from it and part of that has been growing flowers and veg from seed and that has been simply because we can’t afford to buy the plants.

Last year, I used some money I got for my birthday and purchased some carnivorous plants.

I had several Venus Fly Traps when I was young and none of them thrived and I was merely just watching their deaths!

Last year I wanted to try again and spent time reading up on their care and that of other carnivorous plants and so I went for it and purchased a couple of varieties of Sarracenia Flava, a Sarracenia Purpurea and a Dionaea Muscipula (Venus Fly Trap).

And I want more, more I tell you, MORE!

I am the sort that never does anything by half, I will always throw everything I have into everything I get interested in.

So again I turned to seeds and this is not as simple as going to the garden centre, to get the right seed and to get fresh seed you turn to hobbyists who will always sell seed and there is also an online retailer in the UK called Triffid Nurseries who sell seed.

At this point in the post, I would like to ask you to not purchase seeds from Chinese websites such as WISH!

This is because you will likely not receive what you think you have bought, and you could be introducing invasive or diseased plants.

Also, some seeds are not allowed to be posted to certain countries and since BREXIT, yes I mentioned the B word, since then there are even tighter restrictions on what can be imported.

Drosera Rotundifolia seed
UK sourced seeds

I started earlier this year and got some Drosera Rotundifolia Seeds from a hobbyist and all I had to do was pay postage on them and literally the price of a stamp!

Drosera Rotundifolia is one of our native carnivorous plants in the UK

It was my first attempt and decided to sow them into a short jar that had sphagnum moss in (about 1 cm deep) and kept moist with rain water. I kept the lid on and placed them on a sunny windowsill, and it wasn’t very long before I was rewarded with the sight of tiny little Rotundifolia seedlings.

Drosera Rotundifolia Seedlings
Drosera Rotundifolia Seedlings

I have grown so many plants and vegetables from seed, from poppies and calendula to pumpkin and cucumber, but these gave me far more joy than anything I have ever grown before!

When they were a little bigger I planted them out in the bog planter in the garden, with hindsight I should have maybe waited a bit longer but I have had seven of the seedlings survive.

So that successful first attempt at growing carnivorous plants from seed has truly set me off and wanting to grow more and I have again used birthday money, but this time to buy seeds.

I have sown two varieties of Venus Fly Trap seeds, Alien and Slim Snapper and decided to try the Alien outside in the bog planter and since regret that decision, but they may show in the spring.

The Slim Snapper is in a repurposed plastic box and I also have some Sarracenia Pensacola H71 x Leah Wilkerson x Adrian Slack D seeds in the fridge attempting to convince them that they are going through winter with a six-week chill in moist kitchen roll in a small ziplock bag.

I also decided to buy a mixed packet of Cacti seeds, my daughter is really into her houseplants since she moved out and I am attempting to grow some Cacti for her, although she doesn’t know they are for her. She never reads my blog (rude) and so won’t find out!

It is fair to say that Mrs Richardson is not too impressed at the windowsill becoming a nursery for my latest obsession.

Do you enjoy growing from seed?

What unusual plants have you grown from seed?

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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