About three months ago, an article I read about a recently discovered species of pitcher plant (Nepenthes attenboroughii) reawoke old memories of the days I spent as a kid in the early '90s, killing one venus fly trap after another (as many of us did, I'm sure). And I got curious...
I picked up a couple VFTs and what I recently figured out is a D. capensis from Home Depot (the subsequent murder of one of the VFTs by my cats taught me a quick lesson about keeping the animals at bay). I started doing some reading on the internet, then learned that David Conner actually lives in my old hometown, and works here in Sacramento where I live now, and subsequently met him in person and acquired a few VFTs, and a couple random Drosera (the usual capensis, binata, and a couple random, unidentified pygmies). And then I set up a grow rack (thanks to a very, very forgiving girlfriend).
Then I came into some VFT and binata seed and discovered that I really, really enjoy growing seed. I like my plants, but I really love that process of seeing green appear, where previously there were only small hard granules. I'm blown away by the minute yet functional traps that have appeared on the baby dionaea.
Thus, my appeal. If you've got some spare seed that you don't have the time or room to grow, could I possibly have a small sample to take a crack at? Drosera, sarrs, anything... I'm just rabidly curious about that process of germination and cultivation, especially since the VFTs are ready to take their naps and I need something to keep me occupied and learning about different species.
When anything I have produces seed, I'd be happy to pay the favor back, or pay it forward, if you prefer. I'm more than happy to pay shipping or send an SASE, whatever is needed. Feel free to PM me or reply here with any comments or concerns. Thank you.