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    Funny thing is that now, starting March 2005 up to date, I have well over 23 nepenthes. But my love for these wasnt in 2005, it was really when I was in elementry school. I saw books of these beautiful plants and read about them. All of this when i was about in 5th grade. The thing is that I wanted to get some so bad but I really didnt know where to get them from. So i really couldnt do any growing till I was about in 9th grade in high school. I got my first nepenthes at home depot. As soon as I got it, thats when my love for them expanded and I did all this research on them, such as cultivation, history, ect...
    I had a simple terrarium set up and I ended up getting about 5 more. Each one a differnet hybrid(funny huh). At times there will be 6"+ nepenthes available, so I took advantage. A time came when I went off on vacation, next thing i know they all died! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]
    I took a break for about 3-4 years then i got my first credit card at the age of 18, well actually 3-4 monthes into my 18th b-day. Then ebay came up. This is when i actually got into them again. As of now i spent well over $650.00 on just nepenthes. But when someone loves what they are doing, it really doenst matter.
    \"Nepenthes, the Devil's Cup\" - Santos
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    Feel free to call me @: (562)528-6223 - seriously!

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    For me, at first I didn't like nep because they weren't cool and active like vfts. But after having neps, I now prefer them over vfts :P. I had my first nep...sorta in 10th grade, it died because I didn't know about peat moss. I knew cps needed distiled water, but I didn't know much about soil *knows head on wall* and I forget the species too, it was vining and the teacher only gave me a cutting :P...well cause I asked [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img].

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    My obsession started when I was in St. Louis some number of years ago [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] . I had a small collection, but it quickly expanded after I moved to Alaska. While in Alaska, I had rare plants such as a very large truncata, A mature N. rafflesiana sarawak giant, a huge N. thorelii x truncata, S. ruba alabamensis and a host of others I can't quite remember. Then I was forced out the home and had to move to CA, where I was born. My mother didn't like my hundreds of dollars worth of rare nepenthes, so instead of shipping them, she let them sit in the already packed boxes and let them rot. Good God I hated her for years after that.
    I did move back up to AK for a time and built my collection a second time. I had rarities like N. macrophylla, N. hamata, N. stenophylla, N. bicalcarata, N. sumatrana, S. Titan, and the list goes on. Guess what boys and girls! I was forced out the home again, and had to move to CA, again. This time I managed to ship my plants, but AK is a cold cold mother ******. Most all of my plants froze and died, and the ones that kinda made it through shipping died during the adjustment period. Lost my sibuyanensis during that time, and my bongso, and my large ventricosa x mapuluensis, and a N. x dyeriana. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] Goooooood I've lost a lot of good plants [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img] . But now, everyhting is good, and my collection is being reborn. I had almost every species at one point, and I shall do so again!

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    WHY......WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?! makes me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img]
    \"Nepenthes, the Devil's Cup\" - Santos
    Updated 5/27/06 Grow/Want List
    Updated 4/4/06 My Nepenthes Photo Album
    Feel free to call me @: (562)528-6223 - seriously!

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    they are my favorite because they are the biggest!

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    My first conscious Nepenthes encounter was in Xochimilco, a slightly more humid area of Mexico City which is famous for its rivers and the plant markets. The Nep I bought had no pitchers, had been growing in the dark, and the old lady of a vendor told me how she regularly fertilised it, as though it was a good thing! That plantling eventually succumbed to red spider mite, without me even finding out what species/hybrid it was.
    Once I moved to the US I was lucky enough that the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, Michigan), was less than 10 minutes up the road from where I lived. There, I was under Steve LaWarre's great supervision and trust to care for the CP collection. This is where I learned the most essential basics and techniques to successful CP cultivation, in particular Nepenthes, and it also served as an ecological observation post and experimental laboratory. I cannot say enough "thank you"s to Steve for everything he has done.
    The amount of information I absorbed (and wanted, unlike some school subjects, but we all know how that is [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] ) during the 2 years has me led me here - completely obsessed and addicted to the wonderful CP world that keeps me out of trouble (only spend money on CP and day-to-day essentials) and mentally stable (staring at CPs is therapeutic... I think) [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] ! Not only that, it has helped me set a goal for my future, which was always a blur.

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    I only recently got into Nepenthes. When I was very young (like around 4 or 5) I got my first sundew. Not long after that I got my first Venus Flytrap. From then on, I was a CP freak! I got my first Nep at Home Depot several months ago and I discovered that I really loved them. Just like one of the above posters said, I was never really into them because they didn't have any moving parts...how foolish I was!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (lol @ Nov. 16 2005,7:38)]Goooooood I've lost a lot of good plants [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img] .
    Holy terror, lol - that's quite the multiple ordeal you've been through there!!! But I would guess it makes you value and love your plants even more nowadays.

    Me, I didn't know Nepenthes from Nachos just a year and a half ago. Then a CP-crazy friend gave me a ventrata, which I killed by the book: hung it in a dark corner of my dry office, watered it with tap-crap, and when the first pitchers started to dry, I thought the plant was fixin' to kick the bucket and threw it away (no, I'm not making this up).

    Alas, my CP-crazy friend relentlessly kept sending me pix and websites about CPs, and I did get mildly interested, but not enough to buy another plant for myself. Then, on August 1, 2004, I took a family trip to Eastern Taiwan and visited a CP nursery there, mainly because it was in the vicinity of the B&B we were staying at. That nursery is designed like a jungle cafe, very attractive for plant lovers and casual visitors alike, and what happened when I walked through the door can only be described as an epiphany of Blues Brothers magnitude ("The PLANTS, Elwood! THE PLANTS!!!"): Suddenly I was surrounded not only by this pretty jungle, but also by almost six thousand Nepenthes hanging from the low roof. And lemme tell y'all, that's a LOT of Nepenthes. It didn't matter to me that almost all of them were ventratas, I just stood there and gaped like an idiot. When I had recollected some of my senses again and picked my jaw out of the gravel, I got on the cell and called my CP-crazy friend in Munich. No matter that it was six a.m. over there, I just HAD to tell him about this shock&awe place. He said "6000 pots, huh? Cool! What species?" I said "uh....lemme see...ventrata...ventrata...more ventratas..", at which point he started to rail about me waking him at the buttcrack of dawn for A BUNCH OF VENTRATAS! "But don't you see, ol' buddy!", I cried, "I'M SURROUNDED BY SIX THOUSAND PITCHER PLANTS! JUST IMAGINE!". He just snorted derisively and told me to call him back after regaining some sense, but I'm afraid said sense has been eluding me since. I bought a large khasiana x ventricosa that day, took it home, two weeks later I had two large terrariums in my office, another six months later I built a 220 sqft greenhouse on my garage top, my nep count is approaching 130, and there's no end in sight...

    Yes, it's a disease, and I hope that nobody will ever find a cure!

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