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    Quote Originally Posted by rball0406 View Post
    knock on wood i havent had any deaths, but time will tell time will tell......
    Sorry to say, but I'm sure you will sooner or later...everyone does, it's just part of keeping anything alive.

    But if you are a really good grower, it just won't happen as often....it still happens though.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    I started my hobby a little over 3 years ago. My first plants were 1 typical flytrap, 1 dentate, and 1akai ryu. I made the mistake of buying them in October and they were starved for light when I received them. Somehow, the typical and dentate pulled through and I still have them today, my first carnivorous plants. The akai ryu was not so lucky, it died while dormant. Since then i've killed several plants, from experimenting. In this past year, the only ones that have died for me are flytraps. Experimental soil mixes shouldnt be used with hard to get plants, makes you sorry. Nepenthes, by far, easier, I think.

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    I started to seriously collect CPs a year ago exactly.

    It all started because my friend and I saw some CPs at the state fair. In particular we saw a very large Nepenthes (I think it was N. chaniana). We took some pictures, and we talked about how cool it would be to have our own pitcher plants. When December came around I got the idea to get him a pitcher plant for Christmas. I ended up doing a huge amount of research to find the perfect one for him, and I became so enamored with the plants that I had to buy some for myself. My fist one was an S. purpurea I found at Lowes. The following week I bought two N. ventricosas off of ebay --one for me and one for him--and from then on I was absolutely hooked. My friend bought a few more Neps, but the plant bug did not take root as deeply in his soul apparently, because he stopped at five plants whereas I now have something like 50.

    So far the only deaths I've had include a Nep that got frozen in the mail, and some drosera seeds and gemmae which succumbed to fungus.

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    3 years this month actually? lol

    my first plant being the obvious VFT....second a S. Dana's Delight and D. capensis (both bought at my old work)
    few weeks later it went from there, bought my first nep, a sanguinea orange from Andy, and its stuck to me since..ahha

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    I killed my first VFT a few years ago with bacon.

    This time I did research for around a month before buying any. Haven't lost a single plant yet....knock on wood. Places like this really help. This place has so much info I rarely have to even start a "how do you" thread just use the search function.

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    Five and a half-ish years. Whoa...time flies when you're having fun!
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    Consistently....
    about the last 22+ years.

    In fact I still have one Nep. hybrid in particular... got it about 1990 or so*... (give or take a couple years)... along with my first Ceph and some other nice C.P.'s... and have had it (the Nep.) ever since! Still going strong, in spite of nearly killing it a couple times! (Last time was by "improving" my lighting system!)
    Even used to sell rooted cuttings to some well known (but older) distributors.
    Also used to throw away yards of vine, knowing no one who was into CP's at that time!

    *Getting some real nice plants from a great guy who was liquidating his collection, really kept my interest going strons and it never waned since.

    Before that, my interest and growing of them was on and off, mostly with other plants and things getting in the way from time to time over the years...

    Started growing CP's when I was about 14 y.o. or so... so since about 1969 or '70.
    (Went on to working in a plant store at 16 and got into growing and learning about other plants from there.)
    Kept on with CP's from there till about '79 or '80 (got married and all that, along with interest in other things equally wonderful), and then on and off from about '82 till about '88 or '89 (Normal/common VFT's/Sarrs/Dews). That is about when I got my first Nep.* and other plants not long there-after, growing and expanding my collection and experience ever since.

    Overall, proof that for some of us, once the CP love bug bites you, you stay bitten!

    Meeting others into the hobby has been a real blessing ....for the most part!
    Have met a handful of wonderful and knowledgeable people, along with many others who also love growing CP's.
    As was mentioned, time flies!
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=113866

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    Just about 7.5 months. Started out with a P. primuliflora, D. adelae, S. purpurea, and D. muscipula. Guess I dove right in. o.O

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