Friends, many you know how hard and long I have labored to secure the rare Brazillian Drosera species seed so that I can increase it and share it. *Currently a friend is in the Tepui's, crawling about looking for seed to send to me! *I am just a tad bit shy of relaizing a long sought after goal. *If I do get the seed, I believe there will be some changes seen regarding the scarcity of this material!
The esteemed Fernando Rivadavia made the first introductions of the Brazillian species to cultivation over a decade ago. *A survey of growlists will quickly show that despite his best efforts, these species are poorly represented in collections to this very day.
Part of the reason is a lack of initiative to distribute the material outside of a fairly elite circle of growers. *It has always been out of the reach of the "little guys" the newbies, and the general CP public. *The plants remain shrouded in mystery, because those that do grow them do not discuss the cultivation protocols needed. *But, they are not all that difficult. *No harder than highland Nepenthes, really.
I believe that with chances to cultivate this material, newbies can become skilled growers, and become part of what I hope will be an all out initiative to do what a decade has not seen: to bring this material within reach of the average grower.
There will be losses and failures, but there will also be learning and successes. *We learn by our losses far more than by our successes. *Everyone should have the chance to kill some of these beautiful plants: reserving them only for the skilled growers insures that they remain limited in their distribution. *Obviously, this has proven to be an unwise plan. *We need to raise up and educate a dedicated cadre willing to turn these myths into beautiful jeweled relalities. *Newbies don't always stay newbies, they turn into the Fernando's, Gibson's, and D'Amatos of tomorrow, and tommorrow needs them!
Should I be fortunate to actually get this seed in hand, I plan on distributing it to anyone seeking it ON THE CONDITIONS that the fruits of the gifts be *freely* shared alwaysand without exception, and also a promise that it will be carefully grown and cared for, and in no way wasted. *You don't just trot down to Lowes for a pot of these! *You spend thousands of dollars, scramble up mountains through thorny brush while bugs and leeches have at you and you boil in your skin. *If you're lucky, no illegal gold miners shoot you. *Every grain of dust like seed is more precious than gold!
I am interested in hearing from growers who feel they are willing to do this work, and whom will take the Pledge. *Please email me if you think you hear these plants speaking your name. *If you're too busy to really tend the plants with care, then be honest with yourself. *If you can grow highland Neps with good success, I suggest you are a fit candidate for the project. *This is serious work folks, but ahhhhh, the rewards! *If there is a good response we'll begin discussing cultivation of the Brazillian species: the do's and don'ts of Brazillian Drosera cultivation.
Brazillian Drosera are simply the most beautiful Drosera in the world! *It is my dearest wish to see them spread, as they surely need to spread. *Not even the Tepui's are immune from development.
Just get me the seed, and let me show you what I can do with it! *Come on seed, come!
Draw a pentacle. *Pray to Jesus. *Send postcards to the Almighty. *Ring up Dumbeldore and Gandalf.... Do a seed dance! Tie an old oak tree around the yellow ribbon!
I might be jumping the gun, and maybe nothing will come of this, but, you know, I have this gut level feeling that some things are meant to be, and this is one of them! *I have been (and am) so excited I can't sleep! * My heart goes thumpty bumpity thump like an *Jolt addict adolescent on his first date with the girl in the pink cashmier sweater... It's Walter Cronkeit chanting 5-4-3-2-1......we have lift off, we have lift off (Like YOU remember that)!!!! It's the biggest Christmas Eve of my existence, with a visit from Seedy Clause.. *It's like I won BIG on BINGO nite at the Moose lodge...or having the Ferris Wheel stop with you...right...at...the...t-t-top! *
Oh, and YES, it is the Last Laugh, and here I quote Fernando, "Ha ha ha"!
Now would be a good time to cross the fingers! *A New Age is dawning for Brazillianless Drosera horticulturalists. *The unworthy will be made twithe, I mean, twice worthy! *The sun isn't quite over the horizon, but by St. Hillare, I do believe I see a glow!
OK. *Thanks for the ear. *I'm off for another cup of coffee, heh heh. *I got some more praying to do.