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    It started out simply enough. I was browsing the net when up popped “**********.com”, a website for the “Amazing Venus flytrap Store”….kinda’ cute little things and on May 15, 2003 three little Venus Fly Traps arrived. That was the beginning.

    They had to have a home so I placed them on a twenty inch round table out back. Three days later they were frying in the hot South Florida sun so I built a ¾” PVC frame and covered it with a layer of window screen, then two layers, then three layers and they did fine and ate all manner of bugs.

    I somehow heard of a grower in Miami and decided to drive down to see what a carnivorous plant farm looks like. I came home with four more carnivorous plants…one with fangs. Two weeks later I returned and got six more. There wasn’t enough room on the table so I built a small bench…of course I had to build a larger sun screen. With thirteen plants I decided…
    -I do not need any more carnivorous plants.
    –I do not have room for any more carnivorous plants.

    I joined the PFT Forums. The plant total somehow got to twenty, the bench had to be expanded and the sun screen got larger. While buying pots at a local nursery I spotted a poor abused little Coccinea that was barely clinging to life…it is now three feet tall from the tip to the bottom of the lowest of thirty-seven pitchers. A friend liked mine, bought one but it did not do well on her north facing porch so she brought hers down for me to take care of…it is now two feet tall.
    -I do not need any more carnivorous plants.
    –I do not have room for any more carnivorous plants.

    A total of thirty…not including at least a hundred seedlings…increased to thirty five this morning with the arrival of three more Drosera and two Pings. My Burmanii green is flowering and ready to produce seed. My refrigerator is full of sleeping CPs…no room for beer.
    -I do not need any more carnivorous plants.
    -I do not have room for any more carnivorous plants.
    -I need help. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Christmas is near…anyone got any plants to buy, sell or trade? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Welcome to the addiction. We've all have been where you're at now. I'm sorry to say that there is no cure for our problem, the best we can do is to learn to live with it. In time, you too will come to terms with the addiction. Good luck. We're all pulling for you.

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    Hi

    My name is Suzanne. I am a CP addict. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]

    I started with a flytrap...got a few more. Then came the first 10-gallon tank. Then another. Then a 20 gallon tall...then a 20 gallon long...then more 10-gallons. Then shelving and lights...then more shelving...more lights...a microbog outside...then two. Then the basement expansion...first a bench...and now a table...

    The addiction continues to control me...my kitchen stays full of peat, perlite, sand, pots, bowls, sphagnum and assorted tools. My floor always had orchid bark, peat and sand on it. My sink is full of pots and peaty spoons. I have boxes of pots and plastic containers and saucers.

    Is there no hope? Will I be engulfed in plants?

    The answer is YES! Somehow...some way...there is ALWAYS more room for more plants! Its something magikal about how the space can always be found.

    I am a CP addict...and proud of it!

    Right on' bro'! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] *high five*
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    Yeah, I was thinking of checking into the Henry Ford Clinic in Detroit. I have a burning sensation in my right rear *wallet* and my neps never have juice and my sundews never have any dew.

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    Hey Lauderdale!
    When are you coming over? The greenhouse is jammin' with Nepenthes-lots to see-beautiful rafflesianas and ampullarias, and those lowland alatas from Sibuyan Island...and of course, Big Mama, the 55 inch diameter N. bicalcarata...and the hybrids!.....fantastic, beautiful Nepenthes hybrids!

    Tons of Sarracenia with their last pitchers before going into dormancy.

    ..........ain't I a stinker! (quote from Bugs Bunny)

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Trent @ Dec. 16 2003,09:51)]Hey Lauderdale!
    When are you coming over? The greenhouse is jammin' with Nepenthes-lots to see-beautiful rafflesianas and ampullarias, and those lowland alatas from Sibuyan Island...and of course, Big Mama, the 55 inch diameter N. bicalcarata...and the hybrids!.....fantastic, beautiful Nepenthes hybrids!

    Tons of Sarracenia with their last pitchers before going into dormancy.

    ..........ain't I a stinker! (quote from Bugs Bunny)

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    Well this one certainly hits a nerve. In April of this year, I had a bowl of sarras, a vft, and a D. capensis. Just like I had a few years ago before a friend's dog overturned the whole thing. But this time, my mouse went a'clicking, and next thing you know, I find this place. My previous net surfing found California Carnivores, where the aforementioned bog plants were purchased. This time, though, I found these forums. Discussion forums are another of my "issues", so I got sucked in pretty quickly. One thing led to another, and off I was to CC to buy one of those mysterious Nepenthes.

    Now, eight months later, I have 35 Nepenthes, at least 10 species of drosera, and even several pings. I've purchased a bunch of grow lights, shelving, timers, a R/O water filter (got sick of buying distilled), and tons of peat, perlite, vermiculite, orchid bark, pumice, and gobs of lfs. I'm out of control, and my friends think I've lost it. But darnit, I'm having fun! And there are a lot more expensive hobbies out there, so the expenditures could be a lot worse.

    If all my Nepenthes grow up to be huge plants, well, I may have to move to a larger house! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    at the end of...
    1999 - 1 VFT
    2000 - 1 VFT
    2001 - 1 VFT
    2002 - 4 VFT, tons of sundew seedlings
    2003 - 3 VFT, 4 sundew, 13 northern pitchure plants, 1 butterwort, 2 Neps
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