Post by 1yearwonder on Jul 15, 2017 11:35:28 GMT -5
Hi there! I'm new to the world of Carnivorous plants, but have really been enjoying learning about them. I've always thought they were neat, but what really kicked off my interest recently is a friend gave me one of those silly little kits for growing Venus fly traps. I'm under no illusion about my chances for success, I've read all about the germination rates and problems people have had from such kits, but I figured nothing ventured nothing gained. There were six seeds- I accidentally crushed one (oops), and planted five. I watched a bunch of youtube videos, and did a fair amount of research about growing VFT's on here and on other sites, so I guess we'll see what happens. For the record; I'm using pure peat and distilled water. My plan is to do my best to provide good growing conditions for three months, and if nothing happens I'll ask Santa for some good seeds from a reputable distributor. Although if we're being real, there's a good chance that'll happen regardless.
In the meantime, I've been really enjoying learning all about Carnivorous plants in general. It's been really interesting learning about the species native to my area, and what's going on in the cultivation world. I ended up mentioning it to my dad, and interestingly enough he remembered finding picture plants in the woods with his siblings as a kid, which was a story he'd never told me before. I'm hoping that by the time I'm ready to invest in some real plants with a chance of actually growing, I'll be informed enough to keep them healthy and happy. Until then, its awesome to find this place and see what everyone's up to! This seems like a great community, and I'm excited to hopefully become a part of it and get to know you all. See you in the comments!
Welcome! After hanging around here you'll discover that you won't be able to stop at just a few venus flytraps and you'll want to try ALLLLLLLL the plants. Which is ok because 1) members here are incredibly generous and frequently have plants for sale and 2) there's tons of knowledgeable people who are more than ready to help you out
Post by 1yearwonder on Jul 16, 2017 18:54:38 GMT -5
Thanks for the welcome everyone! I can totally see how this could become an addictive hobby. I really want to do this properly, so hopefully someday I can have plants as beautiful as the ones I see around here! I'm really glad to have found the resource, and the community.
And Willy! Thanks for the offer! However, I think I'll try to take it slow for the first little bit, and try to get my general knowledge base a little more solid. Hopefully then I'll have a better idea of what varieties of what types of plants I'd like to try (you've got quite a selection!). It would be nice to know what I'm doing before I jump in TOO far... though that would be a first for me. I usually do things the other way around. When I'm ready to invest in something really nice or unique (as in, I'm sure I could keep it alive), I'm sure you'll be hearing from me.
All that being said, a family member is heading out to the Vancouver area in a few weeks. I've asked her to keep an eye out for carnivorous plants at any nurseries she visits (she loves plants in general). Who knows what might happen?
Post by Justintime on Jul 17, 2017 19:45:26 GMT -5
Hahaha you can read all you want but northing will prep you for the wonder and trials you'll face with ive plants that can be easy or troublesome. Jump off the deep end and enjoy the learning experience.
Last Edit: Jul 17, 2017 19:47:36 GMT -5 by Justintime
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