I was just curious as to anyone could shed some light on poaching. It seems there is at least some concern over poaching, as evidenced by the thread about leucos in Georgia. I was wondering where these plants end up. Believe me, I am a nut for pitcher plants and there is probably not a week that goes by where I'm not on the net looking for any I don't have yet. I would like to think I have found every possible site that has pitcher plants for sale. To the best of my knowledge, every plant I've found for sale on the net is not poached, but cultivated. Is there really that big of a poaching business for these plants? It seems that you can get just about anything from the net nowadays, at reasonable costs. I understand a lot of the poaching is probably for the floral industry, but is there that big of a demand? I don't ever recall walking into a florist and seeing sarracenia bouquets, or if you go to 1800flowers.com or someplace like that, I don't ever recall seeing sarracenia in their arrangements. maybe it's a southern thing, as i am in the midwest.
is there anyone out there who actually knows "what goes down" with pitcher plant poaching, as far as how many are poached, where they end up, amount of $$ being made; not implying you are a poacher of course, and certainly not that i am looking to get into the business!!