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Monday, April 16th, 2012
12:52 pm
My carnivorous plants
It's been a while since I posted here. I've come a long way since that first poor dead Darlingtonia.

Wanted to share some of my carnivorous plants pics. Mostly nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants) since those are my favorites. I keep some of my nepenths as house plants, some outdoors and some in terrariums.

N. bicalcarata Sarawak pitcher detail

First is the Nepenthes bicalcarata. The fanged nepenthes. This is a true lowlander needing warm nights.

Sarracenia Dana's Delight 01

Sarracenia Dana's Delight.

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Cross posted from: ljcps - Livejournal Carnivorous Plant Society. If you like carnivorous plants please stop by. We are trying to come out of a long "dormancy period". ;)
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
2:53 pm
Looking for a good stock for green house pest control
I've read there's a sundew that is pretty invasive in greenhouses* and something of a pest to carnivorous plant growers. I want some for an IPM program at the aquaponics greenhouse I work at. I've had great success with Sarracenia on a smaller scale, but will need something a bit more tropical to work in this greenhouse.

Also is it safe to assume that the nutrient rich waters of a bio-filtration system on a 20,000 fish pond would be a bit rich for carnivores?

What might be my best options to eventually have four trays or more of plants? I don't want showy as much as effective. Are there people who sell bulk plants? Any suggestions of fast growing carnivorous plants that could work for pest management? Target insects are whitefies, fungal gnats, things of that size. Good sun, warm temps 80*f+ year round, some spikes above 100*f humid with some air circulation, assumed bogs will be kept separate from the main system.

* The way the greenhouse is set up, this is a negligible issue for the fast paced food production.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
1:58 pm
Nepenthes ventrata finds
Found some more plants to take home from Lowe's. I'm very happy with the finds and never before had I seen Nepenthes at a Lowe's before. Or the Darlingtonia I tried to save in the last post. I wasn't able to, but now I'm on the look out for another one if they get more in. Poor things.

Nepenthes in a cube. This is how it came. The rest of the images behind the cut.

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So this is my start to Nepenthes and I'm offically obsessed with them.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Saturday, March 5th, 2011
11:19 am
Dead Cobra Lily?
I've noticed no responses to questions since 2008. I hope someone here can help me. I went to lowe's five days ago and picked up a pitcher plant that they sell in those little cubes. I noticed they had a Cobra Lily as well and thought I might get it next time. I just came back from there today and they still had the Cobra Lily but someone had taken the lid off and the plants were brown and completely dried out. They sold it to me for $1. I'm hoping that since it's only been five days that perhaps there's a chance I can bring it back to life. I gave it distilled water and left it in the cube under a full spectrum bulb. I left the lid on so humidity can build back up. Do you think there's a chance I can save it if the roots are still good? Should I get some fertilizer just to help it come back? I know carnivorus pants don't need it but this one's in bad shape.

I'm in Florida and we have lots of humidity though today is cloudy and cool which is why I decided to keep it inside in the cube. Please any advice?

Current Mood: worried
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
1:31 pm
Putting down pitcher plants for the winter...
So here I am up in Zone 5, Buffalo NY, setting up a tank to store my pitcher plants in for the winter. I'm taking a 10 gallon tank, layer of gravel at the bottom, with layer of sandy sphagnum that will surround the plants which currently live in mostly sphagnum with sand (I'll be removing their matrix as a whole from their pots, not exactly "repotting") I plan on storing them in my attic in a south facing window and using watering globes to give me a little leeway on keeping them moist (covering the tank would allow heat buildup).

What I'm wondering is, is it possible to use a fishtank heater on such a low setting as to keep from freezing, but not above that? The attic isn't insulated, but I'm not sure how cold it gets, especially at night. What sort of options do I have. I tried the refrigerator a few years ago and it lost my plant to mold, so I'd rather avoid that, especially since I have had such lovely success with these plants this time around. Am I hoping for to much from a fishtank heater? What other equipment might be called upon? Am I going to be needing some sort of thermometer with a remote alarm to wake me up in the middle of the night?

I realize that in a few years I'm going to be one of those people who has their plants hooked into their computer for remote monitoring, I just can't afford it yet. Ahh the trials and tribulations of growing exotic tropical fruits, orchids, and temperate carnivores in a rented zone 5 apartment.
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
3:29 pm
Stratification Question
A few weeks ago, I was given one of those "Grow Your Own Venus Fly Trap" kits from Barnes & Noble or some such, and the instructions about the stratification period of the seeds is a bit vague. It says: Keeping them in their bag [it's a little bitty Ziplock bag], soak both of your seeds in cold water for six to eight hours, then immediately store them in the refrigerator for a period of at least three weeks cold stratification. This prepares the seeds for germination.

This may be a stupid question, but I just want to clarify... When it says to soak them while "keeping them in their bag," does that mean to fill the bag with water? If so, when I put them in the refridgerator, should I be leaving them in that water? I thought I'd ask, because I don't want to drown them, or anything; and I haven't been able to find any proper, specific instructions by Googling.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
4:08 pm
strange question
So I've been curious about one thing with my little Nepenthes pitcher plant. Since they only need bugs for nitrogen, what exactly happens to the rest of the bug? do the enzymes dissolve it fully or is it somehow or are the remaining hard-parts expelled? if so, how?
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
1:29 am
Venus Flytrap

I did buy some month ago a venus flytrap and sadly it died, because my dog thought he could eat it -_-'
Anyways I bought 2 days ago a new one. I did read a lot about venus flytrap and got out of everything that I should feed it.
Now my problem is that I searched everywhere for something to feed him, but I don't find any store around here.
Is it enough if I put him out in the garden? I live in Brasil and actually we have lots of flies around here.
I'm keeping my eyes on it, but until now none of the traps  got anything and  it's beginning to get black (dying?)
What can I do for it? I really don't want it to die. I would be very grateful for help.


Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
1:42 pm
Homemade terraria
So my little nepenthenes is doing well aside from the two time I left it in the cold windowsill at night. Cold has been the one problem I've had with it since my window on the less sunny side of the house and I live in Northern California.
so I was wondering how to make a terrarium?
I found a step by step article but it was describing how to make a huge aquarium tank sized one which I don't have the space for nor the plants to fill. Instead I put my plant in a medium fishbowl and lined the sides with some aluminum foil and in about twenty minutes I'm going to head to the good will to find a glass dish to put on top as a cover. Will this work?
or if you have a link for a place that sells relatively good looking terraria, that would be cool too.
Saturday, November 24th, 2007
1:48 pm
Buying Dormant Plants
I'm thinking of mail-ordering some Sarracenia plants this winter or spring, since what's available to me locally is pretty sparse. I've heard dormant plants can have an easier time surviving shipping. Have you guys found this to be true?
Saturday, October 13th, 2007
2:53 pm
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
12:36 pm
bay area carnivorous plant society 2007 summer sale and show.
click images for larger views.

we got there a half hour before it was closed, all the vendors were gone, all the raffle plants given away.


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Saturday, September 15th, 2007
12:10 pm

Darlingtonia Californica growing on the porch.

For those of you reading this in the San Francisco bay area, it is time again for the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society 2007 Annual Show and Sale. This year, it's going to be in San Francisco, at St Anne's on Judah.
If you're into the plants or if you've wanted to get into them, this is a great opportunity to buy some of the finest plants available at extremely reasonable prices from the individuals that have grown the plants themselves. The show will include some of the most beautiful specimens of rare insectivorous plants on the west coast.
If you've got nothing to do and you're in the area, come check it out! It's free! It's also not too far from the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and their CHOMP! exhibit featuring plants from several of my friends, including Lois Ochs and Peter d'Amato of California Carnivores.
They won't be at the show, as they will be in Georgia for a presentation at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, so if you're in that part of the country, you should go check them out there on Thursday.

sorry bout the cross-post whoring
x posted to
and petre
Saturday, September 8th, 2007
11:01 pm
I just joined. Sadly, I don't own any carniverous plants. I had one when I was a kid and it died when I was on vacation. Anyways, lately I've really been getting into gardening. I have a nice organic summer veggie garden right now and soon I'll start my winter garden. I own a couple ferns which I keep indoors, I'm getting some succulents in the near future, but alas, I don't own any carnivores.
When I was a kid (about nine or ten) it turned out that raising carnivores was harder than I thought it would be. Since I really want to get some as indoor plants I joined this community to learn the basics.

So, Tell me everything!!!!!


oh and I should note that we have an amazing carnivorous plant store nearby that I've been meaning to check out (california carnivores). So send me shopping too! whats a good plant for a newbie?
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
5:53 pm
Hi there! I'm Danielle and I have a decent sized collection of Carnivorous plants. I've been interested in them since I was little and recently started doing some research into the care of these amazing plants. I've kept a very healthy collection of a variety of plants for at least three years now and hopefully they'll keep on going for many years to come!

Here are some pictures to get this community going!

Beautiful and Deadly... Dial-up warning!Collapse )

I hope you enjoy and I didn't over-do it. =)

Thank you for the new community!
8:21 pm
Hello and Welcome
Welcome to LJ's newest community devoted to carnivorous plants. Shall we have some intro posts? Tell us about what drew you to this community, what you're interested in, and/or something you'd like to learn about bug-eating plants.
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