Miss my old plants :( Hopefully I can get the cuttings to work when I try again.
Alright, these aren't bettas, but it seems as if I have a propensity to like the aggressive and unusually beautiful.
First, a trip down memory lane
I have always loved carnivorous plants (I used to tote around Peter D'Amato's "The Savage Garden" when I was a kid). My first Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plant) was N. ventricosa, and I also obtained N. spathulata x maxima. They lived well on my windowsill in Seattle, but when I moved to eastern Washington for college, they did NOT like it. I donated them to the Washington State University teaching greenhouse, and I am happy to report that under the loving care of Chuck, the maxima is taking over one of the walls of the greenhouse and occasionally has pitchers over a foot long! The ventricosa is also doing well. I tried to get cuttings from them but they got lost in the post for a while and did not strike. I am hoping to try again since San Francisco is basically perfect for highland Nepenthes.
California Carnivores Spring 2014
I first visited California Carnivores several years ago when I was doing a summer research project at UC Berkeley, and I was finally able to go back this last weekend. Luckily, the Sarracenia (North American pitcher plants) were in full bloom and most of the temperate carnivores were just coming out of dormancy. I will definitely make it a habit (now that I have my car!) to visit California Carnivores on a seasonal basis!
The Seductive Sarracenia - North American Pitcher Plants
The Dangerous Darlingtonia californica - Cobra Plant
The Precious Pinguicula - Butterworts
The Deadly Dineae muscipula - The Venus Flytrap
The Dread Drosera - Sundews
The Nefarious Nepenthes - Tropical Pitcher Plants
I love all carnivorous plants, but the Nepenthes are without a doubt the ones that hold my heart.
Welcome Home Little One!
I spent ages agonizing over all of the highland Nepenthes on the sales floor. I finally decided on a baby N. talangensis. Only recently discovered in 2004, it is a gorgeous little tropical pitcher plant with small, beautiful pitchers and long climbing stems adorned with short, compact leaves. Perfect for my vertical growing space! I think that my west and north facing windows in the alcove will be perfect to give it bright indirect light for most of the day and direct light for a couple of hours. The temperature next to the window also swings from 75F during the day to 62F at night, which highland nepenthes require for good growth. Humidity is always high in foggy San Francisco, so I am excited to see this little guy grow!