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    Would you rather own one rare plant, or a large collection of common ones?

    If you had to choose between owning one rare and special carnivorous plant (Cephalotus, Nepenthes Hamata, Heliamphora, etc) or owning lots of common carnivorous plants (Venus Fly Traps, Sarracenia, Pinguicula, etc) which would you choose?


    Personally, I would own one rare carnivorous plant and devote all my attention to that instead of a large collection.


    I was rearranging my plants today to make room for my new Cephalotus and Mexican butterwort and I thought it would be easier to take care of one or two plants instead of the large collection I have on my porch.
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    It depends on what that one rare plant is. If it were, say, N. edwardsiana, then maybe. If it's something like a Ceph, then I would want the larger collection of Sarracenias and Droseras.
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    "Rare" plants are becoming more common every day so I think I'd go for a larger collection. That's a pretty good description of my collection today - lots of stuff, nothing too unusual. But when people come to my house for the first time, they're like five-year-olds at the zoo. Rare plants have their allure, but to most people just about everything I grow is exotic and crazy, so I can settle for that.
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    Ever hear the expression "a watched pot never boils"? I would rather have a number of so called 'common' plants to devote my attention to rather than being focused on just one rare one.
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    rather boring sitting and watching one plant.......a group is more interesting cause you always have something new to look at........
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    It actually seems easier to me to take care of a group than one plant. I don't know that I believe in the theory of a "morphic field" but a group of plants does seem to create it's own little climate unto itself. This grouping seems to help all others of the group along better than one lonely plant trying to make it on it's own.

    I think it's more the "idea" of having the rarest plant more than the fact of having it that people get attracted to. "Won't the fellas Oh and Ah when I show them I got THIS!" I think everyone's guilty of that - I know I have been! But people will still Oh and AH over a plain old N. ventricosa if it's grown well, with big juicy pitchers on each leaf!

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    That's a good point, swords. I still get amazed by ventricosas and other common plants in the forums. Sure, rare plants are nice, but having just one plant seems boring. With more, something nice happens almost everyday.
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