Hey everyone, i hail from Eugene Oregon, am 19 years old, and currently going to college for video-game design...
When i lived back in the country (kind of a farmer/cowboy i suppose), i grew VFTs. The only type i haven't grown are bladder warts and the aqua-type, but they do look very interesting. My favorite are sundews, but right now i am occupying myself with three traditional VFTS, a bigmouth, an aiki-ryu, and a lil one i bought from wal-mart on a whim (my current oldest). I'll post pictures of them tomorrow when the sun is better and post them here.
Well, after i moved from the country to the city, i took my plants with me. One winter, my mom saw their 'dead' husks, and mistook dormancy for outright death. She threw them all away one day while i was at school, and even after recovering them from the trash-can, they never made it to spring, and i lost about 12 plants. (4 pitchers, 4 sundews, and 4 VFTs).
I lost the heart to get new ones and to grow them. It was like seeing my children thrown away (i had the oldest of them for 5 years, but all of them had been in my care for at least 3 years each).
Well that was a about 3 years ago, and i'm getting back into the saddle now. On a whim i picked up a sickly VFT from wal-mart and brought it back around - its actually two separate traps, but from the same root system - both of them are shooting up their stems for flowers right now, and I'm content to let them.
I bought some plants from a random online nursery - i didn't study much into it, as i wasn't sure if i was serious. Well, both of them died about a week after shipping due to a poor root system, so i scrapped them and just took care of my one trap.
Feeling good and after freshly reading what i needed to out of "Savage Garden", i ordered two more traps and have been caring for them for nearly a month. One of them is a big-mouth VFT, and the other is either a red piranha, or an aiki ryu, or a crossbreed ( i lean crossbreed because of the long stem and short teeth).
I took up growing roses (about 8 of them) during my time away from VFTs, and was somewhat successful (they are alive and blooming now), but there's just something about carnivorous plants that excites and mystifies me.
I won't ever claim to be the best at husbandry, but i know enough to get things somewhat happy. I'll post pictures of my babies tomorrow when lighting is better.