Plant carnivory is an extreme expression of what evolution can do to transform a living being so it becomes fully adapted to its environment. The result is captivating, especially from the perspective of what a “regular” plant looks like, and can do.
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 do so for a long time.
My fascination with carnivorous plants started in the late 90s, at the age of 13. I stumbled upon a short TV documentary in which the narrator wanders in a peat bog and talks about carnivorous plants with the emphasis of a storyteller. 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. That was the start of my collection.
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 to fly on my own from a professional standpoint.
On the personal side, after years of growing and getting to know many different carnivorous plants, I felt the need 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!