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  1. pyro says:

    awesome site can’t wait to see the store and can’t wait to help support it. beware though I like to send my artwork as thanks

  2. Nick Kalfas says:

    Hey Maria,

    I saw the 2016 calendar and fell in love, but apparently my address in South Australia doesn’t have any delivery options available!
    Is there postage available to my fine country?

  3. bcrutch says:

    I have purchased a plant that has a huge green stem in the middle with green clube like leaves similar to the sedum family to be planted outside. But do not know anything about it. Need help bc i brought it in memory of my mom. Tjanks

    • Maria says:

      Hello! If you post a picture in a succulent Facebook group or forum, the community there will be able to identify it and give you some care tips!

  4. Mark Griffin says:

    Love your site …. new to cp only got about 20 vft cultivoΕ•es and 6 pygmie sundews with 3 picture plants and 1 trampet plant …. a bit hard getting new plant so far. But l am looking …..

    • Maria says:

      Hi Mark, thanks for commenting! Glad you’ve found the site helpful! Yes, it can be hard to find new plants but they’re out there if you stay persistant!

  5. Kristine says:

    I’m very excited to have found your site. I, too, began with a single Venus Fly Trap from a gift shop at a botanical garden in 2011 and from there the interest grew into a hobby and now has grown into a full blown greenhouse that my husband built this past year just so I could have an easier time with some of the tropical cps and a better enviro for my temperate cp mini bogs. Great to be on the mailing list!

    • Maria says:

      Hi Kristine! Thanks for the comment! That’s awesome you have a greenhouse (major points for your husband!), I still don’t have one yet. Glad you’ve found and enjoy the website! πŸ™‚

  6. Bryttney says:

    Oh my goodness thank you for helping! I was taking care of my sisters Venus flytrap for a week While it’s dormant, I almost cried I thought I killed her plant! But thanks to you I found out it’s ok.

  7. Glenn says:

    Hi Maria!

    I have conflicting information, can you help? My Fly Trap grows indoors and I don’t think it is going into dormancy! I have heard of putting them in the refrigerator, but there is no light. Yet another site states it must be in the sun even in dormancy! My plant did great this year, but I must do something fast as Winter is nearly over and my plant still has traps, most very small but just a few normal ones too! Am I too late? Please help me to help my plant!!!

    • Maria says:

      Hi Glenn!

      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:

  8. anonymous says:

    my Venus fly trap ate a bug but a leg is sticking out. I herd the plant will die if it doesn’t close all the way is this true if so what can I do if anything to save it?

    • Maria says:

      It might, but I’ve had traps re-open after eating spiders with their legs sticking out. If it does die back, more new growth will replace it. Trap leaves live for about 3 months before they’re expired.

  9. Kristen says:

    I just bought my first Venus flytrap & have transplanted it & I think from shock a few of the traps including stems have turned black & new one’s have started, but my question is what should I do with the one’s that turned black should I cut them out or just let it do its own thing?

    • Maria says:

      Hi Kristen!

      You can cut off the black parts, but leave anything that’s still green. The plant is just adjusting to its new environment, and leaves dying back is totally normal. Just be patient with it. πŸ™‚ Have fun and good luck!

  10. Frankie Stull says:

    geez , I bought into the china scam seeds just within last 24 hrs. bummer. t Thanks for the heads up! I bought some great plants in Ohio at a plant swap meet in Columbus Ohio that were already started and they grew great until my family surprised me by transplanting into a indoor plant mix and container and killed 100% of them all. Thanks for the input and help.

  11. Doug K. says:

    Thank you Maria, you are my hero. I almost bought some of those seeds on eBay of the “Enchantress” now I know what’s a scam and what’s not thanks to your website.
    I will be starting my carnivorous garden soon.

  12. Will says:

    Hello Maria,

    Unfortunately I missed the BACP expo this year but I was thrilled to see some pictures of some very magificent looking plants on your blog! Thanks for posting!

  13. Arlo says:

    Hey maria! So my venus fly traps just came in and they are for someone i know. And he wont be able to get them until monday and i was wondering how long can i keep them in the box they were shipped in?

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