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    Hello, I am completely new to this site and to carnivorous plants. I really love the site and look foreword to owning a few. Any advice on how to start? I have a small tank I can use to start with. This site looks GREAT!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

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    Step One: Buy The Savage Garden, by Peter D'Amato.
    Step Two: Read it.
    Step Three: Buy some of the easier plants to take care of. I will tell you what my proven easiest for each genus is:
    Nepenthes ventricosa (see my post about it in the Nepenthes section, and you'll see why)
    Sarracenia purpurea
    Dionaea muscipula (monotypic genus, venus flytrap)
    Drosera capensis
    Darlingtonia californica (monotypic genus)
    Pinguicula moranensis
    Ultricaria gibba
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    Welcome... add 1 more addict to the crowd. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    There's a tunnel at the end of the light...

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    yo daddyo,
    my advice would be forget about the "tank" for now.
    most CPs grow much better outdoors in full sunlight.
    (and they catch their own bugs that way too!)

    start with Venus Fly Traps and/or Sarracenia (North Americian Pitcher Plants)
    plant them in pots of pure peat, or pure long fiber spagnum.
    (there are other mixes, but these are the simplest to get started with)
    if you buy peat, make sure it has NO fertilizer added.
    put the pots in trays of water outdoors where they get full sunlight.
    use only rain water or distilled water to keep the trays filled.
    thats it! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    thats the basic basics!
    there is plenty more to learn besides that!
    but you could do your first CP season with that knowledge alone.
    I second the idea of buying "the savage garden" book..

    as you learn how to grow Sarracenia and VFT's, you can graduate to the more "difficult" species like Nepenthes..
    and you might be able to use the tank for those!
    but my advice would be to start very simple..
    start with VFT's or sarracenia outdoors..
    Scot

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    I wouldnt reccomend Darlingtonia for begginers, mainly for the reasons that its fussy and that its hard to keep the roots cool, and its roots must always be kept cool.
    Carnivorous plants growlist:http://www.**********.com/cgi-bin....t=17597
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    Starman's right with the Darlingtonia thing.

    Anyway, the key thing to Carnivorous plants is not to use water that has minerals in it. Distilled, Reverse Osmosis(R/O), deionized, and rain water all work GREAT. Scotty neglected to mention info about the pots. DON'T use clay for those plants, it will leach impurities in from the pores in the clay. Plastic, or glazed terracotta work with no problems. After that follow Scotty's method and you are well on your way to be an addict like us!

    Good luck!
    ~Wes~

    P.S. I also recommend the Savage Garden by Peter D'Amato. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]
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    Great info everyone, thank you! It surely will get me started in the right direction.:laugh:

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    D'Amato's book is OK for general growing. Like any book, it is only a guideline. Schnell's Book, "Carnivorous Plants of the U.S. and Canada", covers everything on the North American continent, and goes considerably deeper information wise. I think both books a must have to any CP library. Many fine growers here daddyo. Hang out, learn all you can, and love dem plants (as D'Amato is fond of saying.)
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