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    Your First Carnivorous Plant?

    What was your very first plant? Mine was a venus fly trap from rona which lasted through the spring, summer, then died at christmas. Unfortunately everytime it ate an insect, the leaves died and the plant didnt grow any bigger.

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    I was 11 years old. Year, 1961. Dang if the feed and seed store in downtown Great Falls, Montana didn't have a "rare" carnivorous plant for sale at their store. I never saw anything like it before, and stared in wonder. They called it a Cobra Lily, but the tag said, Darlingtonia californica. THIS was my first kill!
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    uhmmm vft as well..

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    Mine was a Dionaea... and then the next 12 were Dionaea aswell untill I learned what I was doing lol.

    Then a D. adelae that was grossly etoliated and I thought it was supposed to be that way lol.


    then I got my first 3 inch nepenthes and the pitchers died when I stuffed an adult cricket into them lol (the cricket was the size of the pitcher!)

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    Vft as well, i acuatlly did very well for a first timer, i was bout 15 i think but i kept it going nice and healthy intill i brought it out of dormcancy a little too fast one year.

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    Maybe 1967, Builder's Emporium a local chain hardware store had VFTs at the register and I convinced my mom to buy me one. I still remember it was in a two inch square pot with a frosted clear plastic cup/dome, live Sphagnum with a bit of perlite on the bottom. I put the pot in a 2 gallon pickle jar with a piece of Saran wrap covering the mouth held in place by a rubber band and holes poked in it with a pin.

    This sat on a NW facing kitchen window, which got direct filtered sunlight in the early morning. I knew enough not to put the jar into direct sunlight because a couple years earlier my Uncle had bought some bare VFT bulbs and planted them in a turtle bowl (back then those "red-eared" turtles were all the rage). This was covered with Saran wrap and put in the back yard in direct sun resulting in cooked plants.

    Everything I knew about VFTs was from an article in National Geographic (May 1961, "Plants That Eat Insects" by Paul A. Zahl, Ph.D.)

    Anyway it just sat on the windowsill. I'd water it with bottled "spring" water (somewhere I learned not to use tap water) every now and then. Once in a great while I'd feed it a fly I caught. It would flower every two years or so. A few times I hand pollinated with a toothpick and promptly forgot about seeds. A few times there were some VFT seedlings in the Sphagnum that died when I went too long between watering.

    The plant survived probably due to my benign neglect until 1980 or so when I went off to grad school and left the plant in charge with my parents. I came home one break to a dried out pot.
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    Mine was a venus flytrap back when I was in 7th grade. I think I killed it in less then 2 weeks.

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    VFT. I went on to become a VFT nut with 7 VFT's, 1 nepenthes + 5 drosera seedlings, 20 or so VFT seedlings, 1 utricularia calcifyda and 3 kinds of mosses.

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