2014 Year in Review: Carnivorous Plant Edition

Happy soon-to-be New Year! 2014 was pretty special to me, as far as carnivorous plant care goes! I started this hobby in 2009, but my passion for carnivores was truly reignited this year! So much so that I started this blog, got involved in the online carnivorous plant community again, and bought some new plants that I’ve never grown before! It’s been a wonderful, humbling learning experience and I’m really looking forward to new adventures in 2015!

In this post, I’ll briefly go over the past year and some of the highlights. LOTS of photos ahead! Take a trip down memory lane with me!

February 

I did a major re-potting of all my typical Venus flytraps in mid-February.

Bare root Venus Flytraps getting ready to be repotted!
Soaking in a tray of distilled water, getting a nice bath before going in a new pot!

 

The beautiful white rhizome of a Venus Flytrap
Sexy rhizomes make me swoon.

 

The beautiful white rhizome of a Venus Flytrap

March/April

I did not put the Sarracenia in a new pot this year. As spring sprung, the first new growths appeared!

Dionaea Muscipula (Venus Flytrap)
Nice red color on a new flytrap!
Sarracenia Flava "Cuprea" pitchers almost opening!
Sarracenia Flava “Cuprea” pitchers almost opening!
Sarracenia Flava "Cuprea" pitchers open for business!
And the pitchers fully open and developed!
Awesome pitcher plant hybrid! Sarracenia Oreophilia x Purpurea ssp.
First pitcher on Sarracenia Oreophilia x Purpurea ssp.

In April, I also took my second ever trip to the California Carnivores Nursery!

Sun Pitcher Plants (heliamphora) at California Carnivores.
Just a quick shot of the gorgeous Heliamphora. No I didn’t bring any home. 🙁

And brought home this sweet little Dionaea “Red Piranha”!

Dionaea Muscipula "Red Piranha"

May/June/July

Basically, everything is growing and looking awesome! I even saw my first two-headed deformed flytrap!

Two headed Venus Flytrap! These deformities happen sometimes.

"Crimson Sawtooth" Venus flytrap. A gorgeous cultivar!
My favorite shot of my FTS Crimson Sawtooth
Typical Venus flytraps display lots of different traits!
The adult typical Dionaea pot bursting with life!

Gorgeous veins on a Sarracenia (American pitcher plant) hybrid.

Below are a pot of Sarracenia seedlings I ordered from Cook’s Carnivores. Read my review here!

Hybrid Sarracenia seedlings

 

Just for fun, here is the same plant in November!

Very interesting hybrid Sarracenia seedling!

Now back to summer fun in the sun!

Sarracenia mixed variety mini bog
The Sarracenia getting too big for their britches!

 

I got my first ever Cephalotus in my Cook’s order! I was nervous about getting it, but it’s been doing quite well!

Cephalotus Follicularis, the Australian pitcher plant. Sought after by carnivorous plant collectors everywhere!

August

On August 18th, I published my first blog post

Carnivorous plants often enjoy the outdoors all year round!
Life is good in Carnivore Girl Land.

September

Just before the dormancy season, I expanded my collection quite a bit more!

Coquillage. A delicate, small, and lovely Venus Flytrap Cultivar.
Coquillage
DIonaea Muscipula "Bristletooth". A flytrap with bristled cilia on the trap edges.
Bristletooth
Maroon Monster Venus Flytrap. A large, vigorous, all-red flytrap!
My first FTS Maroon Monster!
Pinguicula Esseriana. A Mexican Butterwort Carnivorous Plant
My first ping! P. esseriana!

My first Venus flytrap seeds also germinated! See my latest seedling update here!

Growing Venus flytraps from seeds is a lengthy process, but so rewarding!

October

And in October, my collection grew just a bit more…

Sarracenia pitchers are often trimmed for dormancy.
You can’t tell now, but they’re Sarracenia x “Hummer’s Hammerhead”!

 

At first there was one ping, then six more were added! Check out my post Adventures in growing butterworts!

Mexican butterworts (pinguicula) are some of the prettiest carnivorous plants.
More pings!

The fall colors also started coming in…

Many American pitcher plants (Sarracenia) create autumn leaves in gorgeous colors!

Venus flytraps can also make interesting colors in the autumn season!

November

Dormancy settled in, California got some pretty heavy rain, and I got my first Utricularia (bladderworts)!

Dormant Venus Flytraps often hug the ground and turn dark, intense colors.

Sarracenia (American Pitcher Plants) all require a cold dormancy. They're very tolerant of cold weather!

Check out when I first planted the utrics in tea cups here!

Tea cups make great little planters for terrestrial bladderworts!

 

 December

My Utricularia made new flowers, despite the cold weather! I also separated out my big Sarracenia pot, and got my first gemmae! I will post about the latter two projects very soon!

Utricularia Blanchetii flower. Tiny, delicate carnivorous plants with beautiful flowers that rival orchids!
Utricularia Blanchetii flower

 

Sarracenia flava "Cuprea" mother plant and divisions
Sarracenia flava “Cuprea” mother plant and divisions
Drosera omissa x pulchella. Pygmy sundews are easiest to propagate through gemmae, which act like seeds but are reproductive bodies that create clones of the plant.
Drosera omissa x pulchella gemmae. My first pygmy drosera!

Can’t forget the other sundews, keeping warm and cozy in the little greenhouse!

The Cape Sundew is one of the easiest carnivorous plants to grow! Click through for more info.
Drosera capensis

Below is Drosera venusta, one of my favorite new additions this year from Predatory Plants. Hard to decide if this one or the pygmies will become my favorite sundew in my collection!

Drosera Venusta, a south African sundew and a stunning carnivorous plant!

 

I glazed over a lot, but that about sums up my year of carnivorous plants! Lots of firsts and learning experiences for me. 😀 Tell me all about your year! What was the highlight, if you can name just one?

There is so much more I want to try and do and see next year… it will have to be its own post! Farewell, 2014! See you all in the new year!

One comment

  1. Devon says:

    Happy New Year Maria! Congrats on all your milestones. I hope you keep blogging about your awesome plants, I’ve really enjoyed reading about them. Spring is coming!

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