Recently I attended my first BACPS meeting, which was more of a casual, informal meetup. It was also located at a beer garden, so I had no excuse to say no! And I’m so glad I did! Not only did I add more plants to my collection, but I met lots of lovely people who I immediately felt at ease with. There were seasoned growers and newbies alike, and it was wonderful talking to all of them! It felt so good to truly geek out and talk about these plants that are a huge part of my life. I can only talk so much to my husband, friends, and coworkers before they start cutting off my drinks (kidding, mostly)!
Among those I met were fellow blogger Devon of Sundews Etc., who kept pushing Drosera scorpioides gemmae on to me and everyone attending! 🙂 I must have taken at least five packets from him. After my first love affair with pygmy drosera, I couldn’t say no.
I also met the lovely Apache Rose, who is often seen in the Facebook carnivorous plant groups. From her I got teeny, tiny, adorable Pinguicula pirouette leaf pullings and my first ever Nepenthes! It’s a cutting of Nepenthes “bong bong” (ventricosa x bongso) x bongso. I have been keeping it on my windowsill and surprisingly, my cat has not been hostile toward it! So far, she’s willing to share “her” windowsill with another living object. I wonder how many plants would be her limit? Only one way to find out! 😉 I really hope I can see some pitchers on this little guy soon!
I also got several Drosophyllum seed packets (in fact I think I accidentally stole all of them. E-mail me if you would like one!). This is another plant I’ve never grown before, and am very intrigued by. Scarifying the seeds increases germination, how interesting is that? That means scratch up the outer shell of the seed with something abrasive, like a nail file.
In case I haven’t hammered on it enough, I’m going to again. You NEED to join your local Carnivorous Plant Society! I may just be spoiled by the awesomeness of the BACPS members, but I can’t emphasize how much I had and what a great group of people they were.
Of course, this girl can never have enough Sarracenia. I recently bought three gorgeous and good-sized rhizomes from a kind fellow in a Facebook group. And because carnivorous plant people are so awesome and generous, I ended up with four rhizomes. My freebie was Royal Ruby x Judith Hindle. Yes, as in Phil Faulisi’s Royal Ruby! I’m just giddy.
I potted all four rhizomes together. I can’t wait to see a bunch of really unique pitchers all clustered together! I’ve also been wanting to decorate and dress up my potting vessels lately, so I put this little guy in the center. 🙂 Soon he’ll be nicely shaded by tall, towering pitchers!
In my tiny patio of a carnivorous garden, I must keep a delicate balance between too many, just enough, and not enough plants! It’s difficult to do when I always want more! Now that I’ve added a bit more, I must see what I can let go! My Sarracenia flava “Cuprea” divisions are doing well and I will likely be selling some very soon! Make sure you sign up for my email list to be the first to know when I’m selling plants! Enter your email below!