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19 May 2012 @ 08:40 am
I got these awesome nepenthes the other day. I've been so busy with other stuff I haven't had a chance to share.

N. albomarginata rubras

So cute. This is how they came packaged. These are the ones I got in return for the commission.

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16 April 2012 @ 08:11 am
Wanted to share some of my carnivorous plants pics. Mostly nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants) since those are my favorites. I keep some of my nepenths as house plants, some outdoors and some in terrariums.

N. bicalcarata Sarawak pitcher detail

First is the Nepenthes bicalcarata. The fanged nepenthes. This is a true lowlander needing warm nights.

Sarracenia Dana"s Delight 01

Sarracenia Dana's Delight.

B-52 flytraps have grown

B-52 Venus Flytrap. This is the largest cultivar. That's a 3 inch square pot it is in. Lots more carnivores behind the cut.

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15 April 2012 @ 12:25 pm
Hello everyone. I am your new admin here on ljcps. I have made some changes to the layout and am trying to organize things better. Hope you like the new colors. I chose them because they are plant like. I cleaned out the membership list and deleted all the member names that had a strike through them. I will do my best to imporve this place over the next few days and will slowly be inviting others with a love for carnivorous plants. For those of you that are still here and active on live journal please chime in and say Hello. I'd love to hear how your plants are doing.

I had made an introductory post a few weeks ago but shall do so again now. I have been raising carnivorous plants for just over a year now. I'm loving starting my second year knowing so much more. Last year was about gathering as much info as I could. It all started with a sad dead Darlingtonia I found in a cube at Lowe's that they let me have for $1. I thought I could save it but yes I was very new. I did my best but it was too late. I then bought a little nepenthes in a cube and had much better luck with it. That had me hooked. Nepenthes became my favorite carnivorous plants and my main part of my collection. Months later I got my first Sarracenia which have become a close second favorite for me and then I picked up my first Flytrap (a B52 from California Carnivores) because those are my husband's favorite carnivorous plants. And I have been obsessed every since. Though I took a short break to grow my gourds and pumpkins towards the end of the year.

If you are new, welcome. If you have been here a while please post about your plants. I'd love to see your gardens or indoor collections. Helps spread the word about us. I will eventually go through the older posts and tag them so when you post also be sure to tag you entries approprately. Let's have some fun. Good growing.

- thagirion
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01 April 2012 @ 08:06 pm
I'll make these at the begining of the month when it's easiest to remember. New set up in my little tank.

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27 March 2012 @ 08:41 am
Hello there. I'm in sunny central Florida. I have been watching this community and going through some of the older posts. Have really enjoyed the pics. I hope some of you are still here and that activity will pick up again. LJ is my favorite site. I see the info says there was a very recent post but the newest one I see is from 2010.
Anyway, I got into Carnivorous Plants last year in February. I got my first little nepenthes from Lowe's back when they used to carry a variety in those cubes. That set me off and nepenthes are my favorites. Later on I got my first Sarracenia and then my first flytrap which wasa B-52. I am enjoying the hobby and excited about this growing season. Here is a video of some of the plants I have and plans I am making. So, hi everyone.

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16 September 2010 @ 06:03 pm
So I found a really gorgeous [i]Nepenthes[/i] the other day that is about to bloom. It is past the rosette stage and starting to vine, rather densely, it's also got a flower spike about to bloom! Alas there's no pitchers that I could see, which I suspect may make speciation difficult, but I'm hoping the flowers will place it as low, hybrid, or highland which well give me a general outline for what I'll need to build to grow it. I'm going to get it no matter, it's just that I've got pretty limited time to get it situated before winter comes. I failed the last time I tried one of these years, but I;m at a better location and have better equipment
18 June 2010 @ 01:56 pm
 I recently went to Kaua'i on vacation. Hiking the Alakai Swamp trail, which is at the top of the island and frequently in clouds, I was surprised to find a bunch of sundews. They are really small and all over the place. I was about a mile in before I noticed any of them, but once I did I noticed they were everywhere.

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05 April 2010 @ 08:47 pm
So, I'm not exactly a n00b to the carnivorous plant growing thing. But I'm not really an expert.

1) I got a bunch of seeds from the winter just passed- they've been stratifying, and now it's warming up. I've read to put them on live spaghnum, leave them in the wet paper towels, or to just put them on wet peat/perlite, like you grow the adults in. Which is it?

2) With the warm weather, the mosquitos are BACK, and mind you, it's quite early. But their numbers are fierce, and I can't even go out there to water my garden without getting swarmed. With the number of Sarracenia I have, I can't keep them in a terrarium, and don't really have the means of a nice, netted room or greenhouse. I tried citronella plants one year, but that did diddly. And I'm uncertain about putting chemicals in the water, and the spray fogger really doesn't always work, and certainly doesn't give enough uses for the money. What do you guys do?

Alllso...I'm on the market for (cheap-ish) carnivores to expand my collection. Anyone have anything available? :3
30 March 2010 @ 12:11 am

With more bills on the table, I really can't afford the lavish discounts I offered last year.

However, if you buy 1 or more plants, and you enter "[your journal name] from ljcps" in the Message to Seller area, I will send you an invoice with .25 cents knocked off of each plant.

If you want to bookmark this and wait a few weeks for them to really wake up, that's cool too.
Just thought I'd post to say that I'm officially back in business.
12 March 2010 @ 09:10 pm
Giant meat-eating plants prefer to eat tree shrew poo

05 October 2009 @ 06:56 pm

I'll consider trades :3

Oh, and the right-hand column?: http://borneoexotics.com/
I ordered one :3
30 September 2009 @ 01:00 pm
Hello! I got a N. Truncata of the highland variety a couple of years ago, and have been keeping it alive ever since.
It hasn't produced any pitchers since I received it, though, and it goes through growing spells of not producing new leaves, and then producing a few at once, and back to not growing. It stays green though.
Anyway, I have it in a lovely little terrarium where the humidity stays high and the sunlight isn't too severe, as they were grown in 80% shade. Nothing has changed in these years, except the original leaves have started to go black, and today I walk out and it's snapped in half, as if the dead leaves has spread through the main stem, killing the entire plant!

What do I do?!
Should I sever the stem and put it in some root-growing stuff, or should I cut it all off and start from the roots up? Please help me save it D:

And if anyone wants to tell me how to make it grow pitchers, that'd be cool too.
05 June 2009 @ 11:57 am
Jaws Ltd. Bog Garden

The gents at Rarefind Nursery/Jaws, Ltd. were kind enough to welcome our Bartram's Garden Pine Barrens tour to their massive bog garden last week.

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30 May 2009 @ 11:20 pm
So I saw an ant running around and was thinking it'd be fun to feed it to one of my plants. It was too quick for the Venusian fly trap, but when I dropped it into the pitcher of my Sarracenia purea it couldn't get a grip on the sides, struggled a bit then turned around and tried to go down to escape, minutes later it was totally still, either dead or paralyzed!

<url="http://www.jstor.org/pss/2446558">When I looked into what caused this, I found this abstract</url>, that says the rate of ant capture is .37% A THIRD of ONE PERCENT!!! That ant just curled up and died! I wonder could this plant be producing novel substances?

Then again, I did drop it into the pitcher directly. Hopefully I'll have the full article tomorrow.
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13 May 2009 @ 03:40 am
Greetings from Oregon! I'm a semi-newbie. I used to have a venus flytrap, and I kept it alive for more than a year but eventually it died. Actually I suspect now that it was still alive and I might have saved it, but I was ignorant! Once the traps all turned black I figured it was done for and threw it. Wish I could go back and fish it out! But that was quite a while ago.

I've read up a lot more since then, and not too long ago started getting back into cps. Here's what I have so far.

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I also got some d. regia cuttings just today, and I am both very excited and more than a little nervous. I know they're trickier than other sundews, and I can't readily replace them if they die. But I've read everything I can find about them and I have my fingers crossed.

I really want to get some darlingtonia, (I wouldn't kill those, they're native here! Just park them outside and they'll be happy as clams.) And I want some more sarracenia. If the poor cat-nibbled one doesn't turn out to be a s. minor then I'll probably have to buy one. Also, of course, I need some flytraps! Just haven't gotten around to getting those, really. I keep hoping I'll find some locally, shipping is always so expensive for such cheap little plants.

And someday I want a heliamphora, those are my very favorite cps! But I don't have anywhere to put one, my terrarium is way too hot for one, and I'd feel pretty darn bad killing a plant that expensive on my windowsill, which is what would probably happen there. And I've been told they wouldn't do well outside in my climate, though I don't know if that's true or not. Someday I'll probably find out. :D
21 April 2009 @ 08:26 pm
things you will need
containers and a drill
the containers can be any thing you like. i got theses at goodwill. Tupperware works well. any thing that holds water and is not to deep. (over a foot)
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soil, any soil you use with your carnivorous plants. half mix of peat and clean sand will work. i'm luck and the local garden shop sells bags of premixed soil for carnivorous plants
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gravel. i use fish tank graven cause i have alot of it.
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plants make sure to get plants good for out side. Venus flytraps, Sarracenia work well in most of the US there is also a number of Drosera that will do well too check in the pond section of your local garden store for other plants too. need less to say i have a few plants to pick from.
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first drill holes about every 2 to 3 inches around the top on your container about an inch from the top. don't worry about cracking.
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then drill a few holes in the bottom. not too many though. you still want water to settle in the container.
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then fill the bottom with gravel.
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the gravel will help keep the soil out of the water
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then add soil so it is over the hole you drilled in the top of your container.
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the next part is easy. plant your plants
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you will want a shallow depression near the middle. this will help to collect water and give you a place to check how moist the soil is. small river stones and mosses can be added to add accents. i happen to cultivate several types of mosses.
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at this point you are done. either set it out in a nice sunny location or dig a hole and put it in the ground. pick some place bright and sunny.
20 April 2009 @ 03:17 pm

Below is a link to my website, where I have posted care sheets for carnivorous plants as downloadable pdfs. Just scroll to the bottom of the page, and click. They're not exhaustive, but I hope they might be of use to those of you just starting to cultivate carnivorous plants. Happy spring.

08 April 2009 @ 11:08 pm
I got some sort of Nepenthes from Lowe's about two years ago, and have been growing it successfully in my kitchen window ever since. So successfully, in fact, that it had gotten a bit top-heavy, and was prone to falling over. Between that and the fact that all of it's potting medium had rotted, I decided it was time to re-pot it at the same time I repotted my Sarracenias. I trimmed off all the dead and dying leaves & pitchers (it had been a while),gently washed as much of the old medium as I could off the roots, transferred it to a larger pot full of 1:1 sphagnum moss:perlite, and put it back where it had been. Since then (about 2 weeks ago) several of the lower leaves have yellowed and begun to die. Can anyone suggest ways to lessen the transplant shock, either as first aid now, or for the next time I have to repot a Nepenthes? Is this normal, or have I done something stupid inadvertently? Thanks in advance.
20 March 2009 @ 03:07 pm
i thought i would put up a few pics of my plants in dormancy. i figured not every one has seen them this way. as you can see many look very dead but they will be back up in a month or so.

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oh and if any one is in seattleish area, i have a ton of plants to give away. i'm running out of room for them.
08 September 2008 @ 01:16 pm
So when I first bought the fly trap they were huge green and red.

They started to slowly turn black and I cut them off.

Now worries for then I noticed about 7-8 new ones sprouting. Found out that this is also considered a "colony" which is a pair of separate roots under neither.

So they are still growing but they are really small. I have two that are average size but the ones in the middle seems like they are developing to fast at such a small size. Any reason this could be happening?

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01 September 2008 @ 01:32 pm
Just an update on these little guys. There are 5 little ones in the middle....


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25 August 2008 @ 10:53 pm
venus flytraps are not in the least bit picky when it comes to pots.
take this well-drained boot for instance. just clean water [ok, she has a purification system. a water dude comes every few weeks to change the tank.] and solid, shade-clothed sunlight. she can grow vft's in ziplock baggies partially filled with water on the ground.
25 August 2008 @ 08:13 pm
This is my attempt to make my own.

I have Sphagnum moss around it and Perlite at the bottom, I kept it in it's container and cut off the top traps, they are all now turning black. There are the few in the middle still growing.

I hope this will make them happy. ^_^
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25 August 2008 @ 12:02 pm

I have found this page to be quite informational as far as all my questions on Venus Fly Traps.

Hope you all enjoy!!!


Oh and I thought this was pretty sweet. ^_^

I am totally in love with this plant!


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22 August 2008 @ 07:54 pm
Soo I put my VFT outside (I live in zone-9) this morning with distilled water in it and thought all was good. Nope, come home and two of my lovely little guys have half of their trap turning brown and dropping down as if someone burnt them but not black.

I'm very sad for I live in a tiny apartment and only have two windows that face South and never get direct sun.
I don't have the means to buy a lap/light for them and am very worried I won't be able to give them enough light.


I have them on my kitchen window sill right now but I highly feel that won't be enough light.


Any advice would be wonderful
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