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    I was a real bookworm when I was a kid (and still am). I would read about things in books, and then I would be utterly fascinated when I encountered the subject in real life. I remember reading about slugs when I was in 1st grade, and thought it was curious that a snail wouldn't have a shell. One day at recess at school, I actually saw a slug on a leaf, for the first time. I sat all throughout recess studying it.

    Similarly, I recall being in a large public library in Waterbury CT (probably between 1976-1978), and reading a book about carnivorous plants. I distinctly remember the pictures (don't remember if they were photos or illustrations) of VFTs, Nepenthes, Sarracenia and Drosera. I also vaguely recall it mentioning bladderworts and butterworts.

    My first direct contact came when I ordered a VFT from a comic book. It was probably 1979 or 1980. I had read enough about them that I kept it alive quite some time (it was my parents who killed it, along with my other plants, by cooking it in the hot summer sun in 1986.

    In 1981, I was hiking through a bog in Connecticut with a group from a day camp. The bog was filled with S purpurea and D rotundifolia (there may have been D intermedia there, too, but the rotundifolia was the one i identified. I remember walking off the wooden walkway into the bog to get a closer look. Later that summer, I convenced my parents to take me back to that site, so I could show them, and collect some plants (before you lecture me, I was 11, and nobody told me I shouldn't). I took one purp and one sundew. I kept them in a fishbowl, and they did very well in it, flowering and setting seed several times. (If it makes you feel any better about my collecting the plants from the wild, i returned some seed from the plants to that bog on a subsequent visit...)

    Our house in Connecticut at that time was located right next to a very marshy area... there was sphagnum moss growing there. If I'd known more about different CP genera, I might have explored it more, and found some. As it was, I had always wondered if I'd find anything interesting in that marshy area if i went exploring.

    After my parents killed my plants in summer of 1986 when I was at a summer camp (can you tell I still hold a grudge?), my passion for CPs lay dormant until 2003, when I began acquiring plants anew.

    Here is a picture my mother recently sent me from 1981 or 1982, when we lived in Middlebury CT.



    The brandy snifter holds my VFTs (I had bought one, and managed to propagate it by leaf pullings); the mason jar has my D rotundifolia, and you can see the S purpurea in bloom to the right.

    So, no, this is not a recent transient obsession of mine. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    As an Air Force brat, we moved all over the place. When I was 4, we moved to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The base was absolutely covered with odd looking plants, so I asked questions. When I learned they were carnivorous, the fascination began. The Mom allowed no plants at home, but my Terrarium was the base itself. They were everywhere! No VFT's, but sundews and pings and utrics. Man it was great. Finding VFT's was too hard, no outlets then, but I had sarracenias everywhere, and that was all right with me. I didn't even get a VFT until '63. My first CP I killed was Darlingtonia. Bought it in Great Falls, Montana. 1961. Been going at it since then.
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    When I was about 9 or 10 I read about vft's. I was fascinated by them. I knew they grew around the area I lived, but I had no idea how or where to find them. I remember talking to a friend about them and he told me that some of them grew in a ditch behind his house. I was so excited. Then he told me that they weren't really vft's but they were carnivorous. I told him if they were not vft's then I had no interested. So I never even went to look.
    Then when I was about 13, my mom bought a vft. It lived for about month. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]
    Then when I was 26, I was in Myrtle Beach and I saw a vft display. Of course I bought one. I took it home, read the directions. It said water with distilled water. I had well water so I thought that would be pure enough. I put it above the kitchen sink by a window that got a little bit of light. Anybody want to guess what happened? It died. So, I have killed two vft's and I lived where they grow naturally. All I really had to do was just put it outside. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

    I moved to Ohio, I was in a store and saw cp's for sell. I bought a vft, purple pitcher plant and a sundew. This time I was smart enough to look into how they grow. This time I was hooked. Next thing I know, I've dedicated a whole room to growing cp's.

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    wow guys thats pretty cool mine isnt that old yet since I guess I'm still a "kid"
    When I was about 9 years old Me and my mom used to go to walmart all the time (because apparantly the savings just never stop [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] ) anyway I remember seeing about 100 neglected VFTs by the entrance into wal mart I asked my mom if I could have one for my science project, so I bought one, when I got it home I watered it with guess what tap water!!!! I just left it out on the porch for a few days completely forgetting about if of course it died, anyway when I was 11 (december '03) I decided to get back into cps I ordered several plants from one store, When I got them, I was very exited and just basically stuck them in a cup with some soil provided by the vendor, the flava survived thriving actually sending up 3 flower stalks and some pitchers, untill the unfortunately got knocked over and left bare root for a few days, flava will always be my favorite plant, anyway I made a bog with my brother where I potted about 200 dollars worth of VFTS inthey were in very nice shape and probably would've survived If I haden't repotted them so much (I litterally killed at least 150 flytraps) anyway I had a few nice plants in florida, where I could grow them outdoors practically year round, anyway I then heard I was moving to Colorado Springs, CO I knew the winters were harsh and I couldnt grow outside year round, anyway I asked if anyone knew any cp'ers in colo. spgs and guess who, Jeremiah Harris, anyway When I went to jeremiah's house I was amazed, his sarracenia and VFTs were awfull nice but his neps were breathtaking, Anyway jeremiah started me off with about 20 plants, and sarracenia are now my favorite genus. Sometimes I trade some fo my sarrs for some of Jeremiahs neps, I also found out I lived about 30 minutes from a habitat containing: S. Minor, P. Lutea, P. Careula and some other stuff I wish I had visited them.
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    Hey Kirk... I'm STILL a kid!

    I killed a VFT when I was a pre-teen, given as a birthday present. Then I killed another when I was 17. Then another and another and.... I swore off the things because they were just too hard to keep alive for more than 3 months.

    In June of '03, I saw an array of VFT's at Home Depot, and I just couldn't pass it up. I bought one and kept at work. I found Mr. D'Amato's & MR. Schnell's books at Borders and Barnes & Noble and began soakng up info.

    Two months later I bought a "sundew species", a trio of red VFT's, a "purple pitcher plant", a "sweet pitcher plant", and a "butterwort species". I didn't know what they were and the pictures were inconclusive. So I went to the internet and did an intensive search. One thing led to another and I found the discussion forums. I bought some more plants: "tropical pitcher plant" another "Drosera species", and a cobra lily from Lowes. Then I discovered the trading post and started scarfing up seeds, plants, and gemmae right and left.

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    Several years ago my sister and I saw some VFT's and D. capensis (labeled "octopus plant") in a store so we bought a couple. The directions said to use distilled or rain water. Well, I didn't think tap water would hurt them, right? Wrong! The VFT's and the sundews all died in a short time.
    I told my sister that someday I am going to have a whole collection of CP's.
    Anyway, I forgot all about it until last year, when my fiance and I were in the grocery store and we walked past the floral area, and I noticed a strange looking plant over there. It turned out to be a S. x wrigleyana that was labeled as a cobra lily. Needless to say, I bought it.

    Over the next few months I noticed different sarrs in different stores and I bought them up.
    By this time I also got a copy of the Savage Garden. I figured that if I can keep a coral reef tank going for 4 years, I should be able to keep a darn plant alive.
    Fast forward to Feb. '05.....I have 4 typical VFT's, a red dragon VFT, something like 10 or 12 different Drosera, 5 sarrs, something like 15 different neps, a lowland chamber, and a ping and an utric.
    Sure is funny how this CP thing is addictive and my collection keeps getting bigger and bigger. It's getting to the point that I will need a bigger place soon....
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    My story is not nearly as sad(the killing) or as interesting, but here it is anyway. It was Christmas of '02, and I had had a very productive Christmas (I don't remember what all I got anymore, I just know it had been good so far) When I opened the VFT I was uterly amazed! They had also bought me one of those little box terrariums that you have to send off to get the plants. Well, I still have all the plants that they got me. They have gone through extreme ups and downs but they are finally happy because I have finally figured out what I am supposed to do. I am also a very fortunate guy because our well is feed by and underground stream on the top of a fairly tall hill. I have become addicted and am still adding plants to my collection. I just recently opened up a HUGE space to put dormant plants, and I fully intend on using it.
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    when I was a lil kid in mexico I went to see an imax film and they showed CP's. I was particularly interested in the VFTs. I came here to NC and went to the natural science museum where I read that VFT's were from NC and what was more, they lived in wilmingtom! I didn't know any english back then so I didn't read that they were threatened and I guess they didnt' have the live ones at the time cuz I didn't see them. I went to wilmington one day and looked EVERYWHERE on the beach (LOL... shut up! I was stupid!) and to my great surprise I didn't find any (I had also brought stuff to dig them up and take them home :P...)
    so anyway I looked at nurseries and didn't find a thing, then my evil, stupid brother went on a trip and said they sold them there so I was utterly traumatized that he hadn't brought me any (darn him to hell i tell you!) so I started looking everywhere without any luck. After a while I finally went to lowes and I was shocked to find VFTs there. I bought a VFT and others and they were doing perfectly fine but then I got REALLY [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img] at my brother and my anger extended at every spec of dust I found so I (snif snif) cut all my plants up (I'm warning you... you do NOT want to see me REALLY angry :P... If I can do that to the plants I had waited so long to find... ... be afraid... be very afraid... LOL)
    the irony here is that I just went out to buy my first CPs and did perfectly well with them... I watered them with tap water, etc... I was a natural CP grower :P...
    ANYWAY... then autumn came the year after i killed them and I somehow got interested again so I researched online and bought more... after a while I talked to kyle who told me about this site and the rest is history (still being written though :P)
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