Hello! I’m The Carnivore Girl, also known as Maria. My adventures with carnivorous plants began in 2009 with a single Venus Flytrap and have since grown into a major obsession hobby!

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I’ve always been fascinated by things considered strange and unusual. In 2009 I was studying photography and beginning a new project on plants. Naturally, I didn’t want to shoot boring, pretty flower pictures. I loved the colors and textures of dead plants, the forms of vast, creeping vines, and evolutionary defenses like cactus spines.

I had no particular interest in carnivores at the time, but while chatting with a classmate about my project ideas, I included Venus Flytraps on the list, which happened to be the only carnivorous plant I ever heard of. My classmate remarked, “Oh, I’ve grown sundews before.” I had NO IDEA what those were, so I looked up pictures and thought, “Oh, those look cool! Maybe I’ll shoot some of them too.”

A few days later, my classmate surprised me with a real, potted Venus Flytrap plant at my desk! He got it on a whim at the dollar store, of all places! I was beyond excited at first… then panicked, thinking how the hell do I care for this thing? Thankfully, I grew up in the age of the internet and set to researching right away!

And the carnivore girl in me was awakened!

Through trial, error, and an amazing online carnivorous plant community, I actually didn’t kill my first Venus Flytrap! In fact, I still have many divisions of the  same plant, and then some. This hobby has been incredibly enriching to my life, so I started this website to share my growth and struggles, help new growers out, and give back to the community that helped me. I always love seeing how the carnivorous plant bug has bitten other people. Happy growing and looking forward to meeting you!

Be warned. I make silly faces sometimes. And drink black coffee with my pink out.

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Cheers,

Maria

5 comments

  1. Glenn says:

    Hi Maria!

    My name is Glenn and I live right near you here in Sacramento! :o)

    I have conflicting information, can you help?

    I keep my Venus Fly Trap indoors and I don’t think it went into dormancy! I have heard of putting them in the refrigerator, buy there would be no light. Yet another site states it must be in the sun even in dormancy! My plant did really good this year…got it in spring and it has never been through a Dormancy. But I am wondering if I did wrong for my plant and I am worried. Winter is now over and my plant always had traps, most of them very small and low to the dirt, but just a few normal ones too. It has just now started to grow leaves again.

    Am I too late? Have I doomed my plant that was in exceptional good health?

    Please help me to help my plant!!!

    MANY many Thanks!!!!

    Glenn

    • Maria says:

      Hi there, neighbor! Apologies for my late reply. I was on a trip.

      I believe I answered this question for you on a previous comment. Here it is again:

      Since winter is nearly over, I think you can skip this year’s dormancy. Dormancy should be about 3 months long, so it will already be May by the time the dormant period is over. It will be fine if it skips just once and stays on track for the next growing season.

      So I’m not sure where you’re located, but it largely depends on your winter conditions. Areas with cool winters that experience light, brief freezes can keep their flytraps outside year round. Seasonal temperatures and daylight hours will cue the plants dormant and growth phases naturally. You don’t have to do anything yourself.

      If you live somewhere with harsh, freezing winters OR somewhere tropical with no winter at all, the refrigerator dormancy is often recommended. Because temperatures in the fridge are constant, flytraps don’t rely on sunlight to signal when it’s time to grow again. Does this make sense? The cool, constant temperatures will keep them dormant until you take them out.

      Also, they often do still have traps while dormant. They don’t have to die back completely.

      I hope that answers your questions and puts you at ease! Check out my dormancy guide if you haven’t already: http://www.thecarnivoregirl.com/winter-is-coming-a-guide-to-venus-flytrap-dormancy/

  2. Kathy Gleason says:

    Love that you shared titles. Ordered 4 this AM. Just starting the (I agree with you) obsession. Amazing plants!!!

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