Never grew one before. HMM, hmm, hm, hm!
45 yrs. growin\'
I confess, like so many others, to killing a VFT or two as a child. Always had a love for them, but didn't get another until a few months ago. Saw them at Lowes picking up my husband from work. Thought "hmm, when he BBQs he always lets flies in the house..."
Bought an assortment, came home, and hit the internet. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]
Boy was I surprised! But yet undaunted. Dug around in the storage closet for my old fish supplies, set up a temperate tank to get them through shock and healthy (weaning some off to room humidity now) and to the store for distilled water and more lights... And here I am.
My husband is only slightly appalled ("Dear, why is there a fishtank taking up half the kitchen counter? How are the bugs supposed to reach the plants if they are in a terrarium?") at my new hobby. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
I wish I had the internet when I was a kid... My grandma grew tropical plants in terraria, I might not have killed my childhood cps if I had only thought to research! All the tools were to hand, I just didn't know to use them.
July 2001, my mom got me my first VFT for my 10th birthday. So almost four years. Man, it seems longer than that...
Warning: Do not reuse the bottle to store beverages.
2000 or 2001 one of the two years. I have had vfs back in the 80's but I could not keep them alive for more then 2 weeks. *I am really dating myself [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] *
\"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.\"
-- Oscar Wilde
I've been growing them for about two years. I was looking for plants that would grow in my roof garden and stumbled across a CP website. I still remember the cautionary note (paraphrasing): "Don't start growing these plants - you will become obsessed."
Well, I didn't listen and now look what happened! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]
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My family has been purchasing and killing VFTs for many years now. We bought them, placed them in the middle of the kitchen table to get some light, watered them whenever we remembered, fed them the tiniest pieces of raw hamburger meat and dead flies, and watched one after the next die. It didn't help that the kids were poking pencils and tines of forks into the traps to repeatedly set them off either. In spring of 2003 I ordered our first Sarracenia and Drosera and plopped them in the ground. I have been adding ever since. I have a little inside joke with a friend (a fellow enabler) regarding this obsession in which he and I have determined that we don't have a problem because we can quit anytime we want. We can, honest!