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    I wrote how I got into CPs in the CP listserv, but I guess that I'll copy and paste and change it a little for the good people here at PFT.com. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    ANYWAY:

    It all started at the beginning of the new millennium (July 2001 :cool:) when my mother forced me to go with her to the Aibonito Flower Festival in the municipality of Aibonito (in Puerto Rico). I was never really what you would call a "plant" person, so I was not at all interested in going (especially when you have to drive for an hour on small twisting mountain roads to get there!). When we got there though, I realized the error of my ways…..NOT! THE PLACE WAS AWFUL! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] It was HOT, it was HUMID and there were TONS of people! I just wanted to leave the moment I saw all the cars parked on the streets. However, what was I going to do; stay in the car with no A/C or go look at plants? It was an easy question to answer since my mom yanked me out of the car and wouldn’t let go of my wrist! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Anyway, we looked around, and saw lots of pretty flowers (WOW! <sarcasm> [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]), and bonsai (WOW! <more sarcasm> [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]), and lots of other things that I wasn’t interested in seeing. We were coming to the last part of the fair (FINALLY!) when all of the sudden I saw something that would change me for the rest of my life. There, in a dark corner, at a small partially hidden kiosk, with few people looking, I saw something very strange (very strange indeed!), something that I had never seen before. I immediately ran (or at least walked enthusiastically) to the kiosk, where I saw my first CP, a Nepenthes (I of course had no idea what the #### it was, but it looked cool)! They were beautiful plants with tens of pitchers two feet long hanging gracefully over the lip of an orchid basket (I might be exaggerating a little here, but that was the feeling that I had at that moment [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]). I immediately ran back to my mother, who was looking at some BORING gingers, and told her what I saw, and that I wanted one! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] The small ones were priced at &#368 (not too expensive) but she said that I would kill it (ME kill a plant, impossible!). I then used the old keep-asking-until-she-gives-you-what-you-want routine until she said "OK! Here's the stupid money! Go buy it and kill it, I don't care!" (or something like that [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]). We left the flower festival, me with my Nep (happy, happy, joy, joy! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]) and my mom with her ginger; I've had the plant ever since (and it’s still alive!). Like most of you, I couldn’t have just one, so I ordered 2 more Neps from the internet, and it sort of snowballed from there. I’m hoping to expand my collection, and thanks to PFT.com, I’m meeting all sorts of cool people and reading about their CP stories as well. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Thanks Phil and Jeff for making such a cool site, and thanks to everyone who finished reading my story!

    Joel

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    Just thought I'd bring this post back up to the top so more people can post their stories. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I think my first "amazing flesh eating" plant was ordered from the back of a comic book. It's been so long...
    :o

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    my first cps were some venus flytraps and a sarracenia that i bought after finding it in a Bunnings cataog in the year 2000. It the vfts died that winter(Spring for northern hemisphere), but tha sarracenia lived on and THRIVED!!!. i tried with vft each year after that but they never make it through winter. The Sarracenia is now overgrown and i'm going to split it up.

    In essence, i'm still a newbie. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I started about 5 years ago. My life had been a little slow, having graduated from university but not yet found a job. Being prone to odd and obsessive hobbies, I had been messing around with plants - ordering exotic seeds, growing avocados and pineapples, botanizing my neighborhood, and reading old houseplant books.

    I bought that first VFT assuming it would eventually die, but thinking it might be fun to watch for a while - tease, feed stuff to etc. But a few days later the fateful event occurred - I came accross a copy of Adrian Slack's "Insect-eating plants and how to grow them". I still remember the feeling of excitement when I began to realize that my VFT may not be on death row after all. Instead of the palliative care that my other house plant books had recommended, it actually explained how to make the plant thrive.

    The VFT was followed by an S. leucophylla that mysteriously appeared in the water garden section of my local nursery, and an S. rubra and Utricularia sandersonii ordered by mail from the US.

    When it arrived, the utric was squashed into a plastic bag, had only a few leaves, and was infested with irish moss (which to the untrained eye is almost indisgishable from a utric). But with lots of nursing and close attention it eventually flowered, and I was really impressed.

    Of course as I was genetically predisposed to odd hobbies (my grandfather was a pioneer of radio controlled cars and planes, and my mother knits like a woman possessed) it couldn't possibly have stopped there. I now have several dozen species of bladderwort, as well as the VFT and sarrs I started with and some others I have met on the way.

    And I lived happily ever after.

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    I am from the Tamlin, greencrunch generation of 'old days' (pre-internet). Got in young when a high school teacher who was a grower taught us about them in school, led to a pretty good collection for the times, but then I lost them all in a flood. I then spent too long in the military and did get an opportunity to see alot of the plants in the wild in various parts of the world, but never actually being settled could not grow any myself.

    Now older I got back into them, around 3 years ago. Luckily I am in the internet business so ran across lots of useful information, met alot of amazing people and have found the cp community to be made up of some of the nicest people you could ever want to meet. Even the 'Icons' of the CP World are mostly very nice and patient with what has to be ignorant questions to them.

    Love the hobby and the people, plan on being in it for a while this time around.

    Cheers.

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    Well,

    You all know how it has ended ( so far ) [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I got into CP's only a few years ago ( believe it or not ). Phil and I were thinking about opening a store online, selling things that we thought were cool. Well, one of the things was VFT's ( typical ).
    At that point, we decided, forget everything else, VFT's are awesome.
    So I bought a bunch, and didn't kill a one ( I don't think ). Over time, we sold off some to make room for more...and so on and so forth. We only sold them to people we knew. Nothing online.
    Then we started to search around online, looking for people/places that sold. Not being happy with what we found, we decided to start up PFT and do it in a way we thought was cool.
    And from there, I don't sleep at night, my diet isn't right...( j/k)

    I have grown very fond of these plants and in our own way, we are trying to preserve them for future generations of people. My 'inner hippie' came out and all I want to do is to be able to share these incredible plants with any and everybody that I can.

    PFT has made some great friends and I am happy that we have the opportunity to give back and help unite the CP world.

    I agree with Tamlin, WE ARE ( all of you ) a part of the New Wave of CP growing. We have the power to bring together everyone and make this something special. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Enough of my ramblings. I know I strayed off topic, but my passions for these plants and this group of people is that strong and great.

    I encourage everyone to spread these plants in any fashion possible.

    And I thank Travis for bringing up such a great Topic!! You are the man! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I am not thee man...I am a Flytrap in a world of flytraps. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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