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    I bought a VFT from a plant sale in grade school. After, my mother bought me one of those carnivorous plant kits from one of her garden catalogs (I think it was Michigan Bulb). And then I murdered all of them with fertilizer sticks. My interest for carnivorous plants declined after that. I still grew other plants but it wasn't until last spring that my interest came back. I was watching tv and one of the characters was watering a pitcher plant. I was curious what kind it was so I went online and everything kinda snowballed.
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    Awesome thread idea, definitely gonna enjoy following this one to see how everyone got interested.

    Oh and those orchid mantis look awesome.

    For me, I started off with some fish tanks, then the focus of the tanks turned largely over to planting them and keeping aquatic plants, both submersed and emersed. There was a member on basically all the tank related forums I frequented (he's also a member here, jpappy) who periodically posted pictures of his CPs. The sundews were what really piqued my interest at first. About 3 years ago I tried my hand at a pygmy sundew and a VFT with not enough research. They didn't quite survive. After that I just stuck with my tanks until this past September when I found another one of jpappy's threads. I did a lot more research and now I have a rapidly growing collection and plans only to make it bigger, with an interest in just about every type of CP out there.

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    My parents bought a Venus flytrap from Lowes many, many years ago, and it promptly died. Couple years later I convinced my mom to get me one of those Carnivorous Creations kits, and she did because she thought it would fail......the rest is history.
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    I remember being fascinated by all the odd venus flytraps from the grocery store that I had ever seen growing up. But the true spark where I realized how extensive and amazing carnivorous plants could be was when I picked up a book in the second grade and it was about carnivorous plants and it had a picture of Nepenthes hamata. When I saw Nepenthes hamata, I knew that it was over.
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    I bought a starter kit from Meadowview Biological Research Station for one of my old friends about 12 years ago and he appreciated it but the plants died after 6 months or so. So for whatever reason he brought it up to me many years later and after doing some reading on the MANY varieties of CP's eventually I got interested enough to buy a "starter kit" for myself which got me into it but what kept me into it was the generosity of members of online communities such as this one as well as an overall easy going member base. Imo what keeps a passion like this going is just as important or even moreso than what ignites it.

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    Me next, me next!

    About five years ago my wife and I were at -- you guessed it -- Lowe's. The carnivorous plant section was just restocked, so I figured $5 for a flytrap couldn't hurt, right? Little did I or my wife know what an obsession these plants would become.

    Believe it or not, I didn't kill that first Dionaea, and my wife supplemented my collection with a S. purpurea and D. adelae also from Lowe's about six months after my first VFT. I would always check out that same section in every Lowe's we went by, and thanks to the clearance rack I acquired a stout collection of Dionaea and Sarracenia before too long. It is still fun to look back at my pictures of my first plants. I still have many of them, most notably a S. x 'Judith Hindle.' She's quite the honker now!

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    I had a lecture on the evolutionary advantages/disadvantages of plant carnivoury at university and was super interested in them ever since. I started with a Ceph and VT - both of which are still alive.

    The lecturer had recently had his entire pygmy drosera collection wiped out by a careless student moving them to a low shelf in one of the university's glasshouses and using tap water to water fertilizer into the plants above.

    I can't even conceive how upsetting that was.

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    I saw a few books about them at the school and public libraries. The first was Killer Plants, but it was really getting The Savage Garden that made me want to grow them. My first was a Sarracenia purpurea which actually flowered, but then died. My success rate was horrid for a long time, and I kind of lost interest, but a few months ago my brother got some Utricularia gibba and that made me regain interest again. It's been thirteen years on and off.

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