I am a CPaholic...
Hello from Djoni, Portland, Oregon area. I have never joined a forum before, so all new to me. I am hopelessly addicted to CPs, perhaps getting a little out of hand. My husband says I am turning into a carnivorous plant hoarder.
About 7 years ago while wandering around a Saturday Market, I came upon this guy selling carnivorous plants and found out why the flytraps I had as a child died shortly after recieving them. Anyway, I ended up buying a flyrap and a couple of sarracenia that day and, by the end of that summer, I was hooked and bought a sundew and another sarracenia. Things went well for about a year or so and then I decided I wanted a "more natural" setting for my carnivors, so I had dear hubby dig me a hole for a bog garden. Everything was fine for the next several years and the bog flourished. I found myself spending more and more time outside attending to them, no big deal. Then the darn things started outgowing the little bog they were in and the soil started to look a little funky. So, at the beginning of this year I talked dear hubby into digging another hole so I could divide my plants and give them a bigger and deeper home. He swore this was the last hole he was digging (hard clay soil), and so I ended up with a bog 8' x 10' give or take a few inches. Okay, this was good for the plants I had after dividing them all up, but all those bare spots just kept nagging at me. Of course, I had to fill them in with something, right? Our finances are a little tight after paying bills, eating, etc., so I was kinda stuck. I had an over-abundance of D. filliformis 'Florida Giant' and Cape sundews, they grow like weeds in the bog, and a couple large clumps of flytraps, so I started looking and found some wonderful people willing to trade some sarracenia I wanted for sundews/flytraps, perfect . Along the way, I had rescued a few plants from people who did have an addictive personality and got tired of them. All in all, I ended up with a very nice variety of sarracenia, flytraps, and temperate sundews to fill up my bog...well almost, you know how that goes. I don't have adequate windows in the house, so all of my plants are outdoor plants. No wait, I did get some Dewy Pine seeds this year and actually had 3 germinate and now they are huge and look so nice out on the deck, so have to make room in the gargage and set up some lights for those for winter...no big deal, just 2 pots. When that is set up, maybe I will look into getting me one of those cute little cephalotus I have always wanted (I don't need that old kids saddle and was planning on selling it anyway). God, someone stop me.
My grow list includes:
S. Dana's Delight
S. Judith Hindle
S. Flava, a couple varieties
S. Scarlet Belle
S. Purpurea, northern.
S. Leukophilla Tarnok
S. Minor x alata
S. Purpurea x rubra
S. minor 'Okee Giant' just received
Flytraps, 4 varieties
Filliformis 'Florida Giant'
A couple of temperate pings
D. regia (yes, this does well in the bog year-round, just dies back in winter to sprout again in spring)
Now, if I can figure a way to get a Purpurea venosa and typical minor in there (my wish list along with cephalotus) it will be complete...I hear ya all snickering.
That is my story. I look forward to talking with people with the same addiction.
Welcome to TF. You will be surprised that there are potentially many people in your neck of the woods growing things and then how easy it is to have more find their way home.. Have fun here
welcome from sunny Eugene,if you get down here we got to meet
I know the feeling! I can't stop myself either. Like you, I'm trying to keepy hobby within reasonable bounds. Anyway, welcome!
Welcome to Terraforums!
It sounds like it is too late for you to be cured.
You're one of us now.
I'm impressed that you grow D. regia outside in Portland! That's something I hadn't considered before.
Last edited by Dexenthes; 10-18-2011 at 08:27 PM.
I am a CPaholic...
Originally Posted by Dexenthes
Yeah, when I went to repot the regia I noticed it had long roots like my D. capensis and staghorn. The capes will not survive outside here in a pot, but in the bog the long roots are protected from freezing; they die completely back, but come back every year in the bog...so I thought maybe the same with regia and tried it, although I did mulch it. I was on pins and needles until it came back this year and it looks fantastic now. It was very small when I got it last year and only a couple of inches bigger this year, so I do wonder if it will ever get really big like the ones I see grown in green houses because it has to start over every year, but it looks happy and the capes and staghorn get fuller/bigger every year, so...?
Greetings from Corvallis! I suspect the guy you bought from at the Saturday Market was Jeff Dallas. He and his business partner are great folks.
Welcome to the forum :-)
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