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    Got Drosera? Indiana Gardener's Avatar
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    I was 14 or 15 visiting a dear (now passed on due to Lou Gehrig's disease) family friend in Spring Hill, Fl. I'd wanted a VFT for a long time (because they were so cool! LOL), but couldn't find one.

    She took me down to a Franks craft and nursery store in New Port Richey and got me my first VFT. That was before the cubes of death back when they used upturned transparent dixie cups for domes. LOL

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    last year, well... not last year anymore. well by the end of 2007, i bought a VFT at a local hardware store. i noticed it was dying, so i searched the internet, and found barry rice's page, emailed him, he replied back and i got alot of info, the plant eventually died because of an "accident".i joined terraforum, then i ordered a couple more from flytrapshop, it was winter, so they were dormant, it still looked alot better than the one i got from the local hardware store though. then i started buying stuff from a bunch of online vendors, flytrapshop being one of them. and after a year, spending like 80$(shipping not included). i got my small collection. i wanted more plants, but i couldnt trade any of mine because they are mostly too small to divide or do cuttings, so i'll either save up more money, or wait (for my plant to make divisions or for generous people).
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    I have an old hippy uncle (most of my family is old hippies)



    I know I had (translate: killed) a flytrap or two when I was kid. I kept them in my dinosaur barn. (That comment is for Dandy and Ozzy). And of course I fed it hamburger as the instructions said.

    I can't even remember how I got into growing them as an adult. I've always been a planty person so I think I just wanted to get another one and try again. I started out on the infamous Garden Web which became the catalyst for the original PFT discussion boards to form. Once "over here", the number and variety of CPs multiplied.
    "Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs." - Jerome K. Jerome

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    CP's are the "think outside the box" type of hobby. They baffled most people who were given the little kits, back before the Internet. We have all killed them, due to using tap water, keeping them covered, feeding them hamburger, or not providing enough light. I killed a lot of VFT's and pitcher plants through the years... but back in 2003 I saw an array of VFT's at my local Home Depot and just couldn't pass up another try. But this time I vowed to keep it alive for more than a few months. So I found books at Borders and Barnes & Noble and then I learned that I was doing just about everything wrong. I bought more plants at Lowes, but wanted to know what I was buying, genus and species name. The books were helpful but the pictures weren't terribly conclusive. Too many pitcher plants and butterworts and sundews looked way too much alike. So I began doing an Internet search to hone down on what I had.That led me to stumble upon a few discussion forums for CP's. I had no idea that discussion forums even existed, much less for carnivorous plants. There were people from all over the world bringing their collective knowledge and I really got a good education from them.

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