The purpose of this blog is to give insights on long-term carnivorous plant growing, by documenting my failures, successes, problems I encounter, lessons I learn, and so on. It also pays tribute to a passion that has been motivating me for years and will probably continue to do so for a long time.
Plant carnivory is an extreme expression of what Nature can achieve through evolution. Not only do capabilities such as attracting, catching and digesting animals go far beyond the expected behavioral span of a plant, but they also result in a spectacular and captivating display. I like to show the beauty and uniqueness of these plants through my photographs.
My fascination with carnivorous plants started in the late 90s, at the age of 13. I stumbled upon a short TV documentary featuring a passionate grower and collector who was talking about carnivorous plants using much emphasis, while he was wandering in a peat bog. It was mesmerizing. I later found out that it was Jean-Jacques Labat, the owner of the largest collection of carnivorous plants in France, and one of the largest in the world.
As it usually happens, my first steps into the world of carnivorous plants ended with a fall. I bought a venus flytrap and killed it due to inappropriate care. A few years later, I decided to give it a try again, with the Internet giving the much-needed information on how to grow the most common species. I ordered a venus flytrap and a sundew at Karnivores.com, a specialized nursery that happens to be located only a few dozen miles away from where I live. It was the start of a big adventure.
In 2006, I made my end-of-study internship at Karnivores as a website manager, and ended up with an actual job at the nursery. During the first three years, I worked as an order packer, and from 2009 onwards I was managing the website’s content, the customer service, and the blog. I was eventually given a lot of responsibilities within the company. Although I was thinking carnivorous plants from morning to night, as it was both my passion and my job, I never got tired of them. Yet, I left Karnivores in 2012, as I felt the need to work on my own and have more control over my time.
After years of growing and getting to know many different carnivorous plants, I started to streamline my collection. I sold a few specimens and brought some others at the Karnivores nursery. Then I started combing through plant sale lists and forums to try and find my favorite species and clones. It took a long time to get my hands on the rarest ones, but I am now close to having the collection I envisioned a few years ago.
I hope you’ll like the blog!