Transplanted: Fellowship of the Traveling Plants

Greetings from Portland, Oregon! YES PORTLAND!!!

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve moved from the San Francisco Bay Area and I am slowly settling in. Now I have a yard where the plants will be growing. YES. That’s right. No more leasing greenhouse space and driving 30+ minutes each way to see my botanical babies. It’s so refreshing to look into the backyard and see the plants… there.

Moving residences is hard enough. But moving what was once a 2600+ sq foot collection? OH. MY. GOD. BECKY. Look at those plants. Seriously. Moving the plants was a feat of magnificent proportions. The plants have all been moved thanks my good friend and botanical brother – Kinjie.  Kinjie borrowed a trailer (Thanks Jesse!) and drove down, helped pack the plants, load the plants, and then drove back up to Portland. Dayumn. It was a fast and furious trip, but he got it done.  I don’t know of anyone else who would drive over 1,300 miles round trip to haul plants. Over 1,300 miles. Yes. You read that right. Kinjie rolled over 1300 miles round trip to help me with this plant move. The dude is a freakin’ champion.


And now, below are a few of the clips documenting the transplant of The Pitcher Plant Project.


Here is a clip from the Kinjie Cam. He’s reporting from somewhere on the road from Portland to the SF Bay Area. (Check out his Instagram: @ocpaddict.)

Oh. And speaking of trailers — there was an interesting development regarding the trailer tires. During Kinjie’s drive down, something went awry. We guess one of the tires got snagged somehow and was dragged for a while. There was a lot of smoke coming from the trailer tire while he was driving. Now because of this, the tread was worn down on that tire. This was a potential hazard so we got it replaced before loading the trailer up with the heavy load. Last thing we’d want would be Sarracenia scattered all over the highway! We then took the trailer to a local tire shop in Pacifica (Seaview Tire and Brake Center — Thank you Bill!) where we discovered that a couple other tires also had issues of their own. Serendipity! Those may have been unfit to carry such a heavy load of plants, but we didn’t want to take that risk. So we got those replaced as well.

After getting the tires replaced, we got to work loading the Sarracenia up.  I have already long accepted the fact that due to this move, the plants must be smashed. As long as the rhizomes are OK, they will grow again. As our fellow Sarracenia-bro, Calen, put it: “Sarracenia pesto.” Yeah. That. Now watch and listen — and try not to cringe.

Here are a few clips from the Snapchat. You’ll see the trailer start to fill up. Yup, this is Sarracenia pesto in the making.

Aaaaand a couple shots…

Night shift. The calm before the storm – preparing for packing.

Packed trailer!

This trailer is loaded.

Here we go. The haul began on the 24th of July at the ungodly hour of 4:30 AM. Good gawd. So Early. Being that this was one freakin’ heavy load, I followed Kinjie from Pacifica into San Francisco along Highway 1 just to observe how the packed trailer behaved under the added weight and strain of many plants. I am glad to report it went well. I followed Kinjie into San Francisco for a little bit and then parted ways as I turned back around to go to Pacifica. As we drove our separate ways, I couldn’t help but to savor the moment and take it in. This transition was a major milestone in my life. Watching the trailer pull away and then head north was so surreal. But I knew this was a temporary separation and that would be reunited with them in about a week. This was just the begging. This was a dawn of a new era with many good times to come.

So what’s going on now?
There is still a lot of work to do in the back yard before I get the collection up and running. I am freaking out in a good way that I have a yard to work in now. I’ll share bits and pieces along the way, so stay tuned. Man. That feels good to say. There’s yard I can work in now. WHOA.

Where does The Pitcher Plant Project go from here?
The future is bright and something ominously exciting. As you may have guessed from my last post, I sure am damn fucking tired of commuting to see the plants. Now that the plants are in the backyard, that means I can do so much more work with them. Watch out world. 🙂

OH! But wait, there’s more! Fellow Carni-bros Kinjie and Calen are all in a very close proximity. BRUH. Can you just imagine the botanical shenanigans that this trio of carnivorous plant growers is about to get into?

Thank You!
To the readers and followers of this blog – you are beautiful. Thanks for your continued interest in my botanical adventures. It has been great to connect with many of you. I’m looking forward to sharing more of this journey with you.

A huge thank you to Kinjie for all of the moving help, support, and driving a trailer over 1300 miles. I definitely could not have done this with you. Allison and Siri, thanks for letting him do this crazy thing! Calen and Fab, than you for watching some of the plants for me and letting them occupy space in your yard. Derek and Heather, thanks for babysitting the Nepenthes and allowing them to take up some room in the wonderful The Milk Barn Farm greenhouse.

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Yo, Max and Lauren – Thanks for those flood trays! They will come in handy and keep The Pitcher Plant Project watered. 🙂 I really appreciate it!

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Lor, Nel, Mateo – Thanks for stopping by and helping out with the move, as well as giving some of the plants a new home. :)

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To the BAPP (Bay Area Plant People) Crew: Meg, Matti, Jamie, Blas, Jenn, Matt and Tim (who isn’t in the photo – missed you man!) Thanks for your help with the moves and for being such wonderful friends. Jenn and Matt, thanks again for putting together the last min send off. 🙂  Missing you all. <3

And thank you to my family. To my wife Dahlia and my boys Josiah and Lucas: Thank you for putting up with my craziness and for your patience through this transition. Thank you for believing in me. I am looking forward to this new adventure.

Transplant complete. Let’s grow.

17 responses to “Transplanted: Fellowship of the Traveling Plants

  1. Homie!!! An amazing process and happy to do my small part. Kinjie IS a champion. Very happy to have you up here with us and yes, the shenanigans oh the shenanigans 🙂

  2. Wow – what a move! And what great support! I love the post. I felt I was part of the move when I was reading it. One more reason to visit Oregon…

  3. I know you must be stoked to have the plants out back. There’s nothing better than walking out into the back yard in your undies to chill with the plants! Hopefully sometime soon I’ll be doing the back-yard-undie-plant-chillin’ in Portland myself!

  4. I’m stressed just reading about that move! Great post

  5. I would do it again tomorrow for the Co’s…well maybe not tomorrow after reliving this blog post:). All joking aside it was one hell of a journey and I’m truly glad to have you guys here. The future just got a whole lot brighter for us and hopefully all these wonderful growers out here with some new projects and plants in the works. I just want to thank the Co’s for taking the leap of faith! And to everyone that help make this happen especially Jesse, Calen and Derek.

    Thanks for always documenting our journeys and the love on the post bro.

    Trey we are waiting for you!

  6. Congrats on your epic move and i’m very jealous of getting to Portland. I’m sure your plants will go from strength to strength.

  7. I know the feeling and that sound! I moved my collection in bud and flower and only lost a handful of flowers. But, we got to do what we got to do. Yes indeed that’s an amazing feat you have great friends and great love and support!

  8. is that north into the cold????

    • Hi Ada! Yes, it is colder for winter, but summer and autumn are amazing. The plants need the dormancy. They’ve been burnt out from short dormancy periods the past years so I hope this year they’ll get some rest. A longer dormancy also means I’ll have more time to work with divisions and re-potting! 🙂

  9. A belated welcome to the PNW.

    The weather conditions in the Willamette Valley seem to be generally great for temperate CP’s. The summers get a bit hot, but that does not seem to hurt the plants, nor does the often moderate to low humidity.

    I have also found that Sarracenia and Drosera are more cold hardy than what is stated in all the books. I keep mine outdoors in wading pools year around, and have never covered them when the temperature has gotten really low the past few years. That has included several sub zero (F degrees) spells. Fortunately, none of those times had much wind, so there was little great risk of dehydrating the dormant pitchers and rhizomes. If we were to get an extended sub-freezing period or sub-freezing with a strong wind, I would cover the plants with a tarp.

    It is somewhat risky behavior on my part as I could lose hundreds of plants during a really nasty cold spell. But the reduced upkeep, to me, is worth the risk. I have not found anything in the literature about controlled studies of the real cold hardiness – so it is an area that needs to be explored.

    This last winter, all my pools froze solid a few times, as did the pots of plants. On one occasion, my RO water storage tank got over 6″ of ice on top. Even then, out of the many hundreds of plants I have, I only lost one or two.

    This winter, I think I will give some of my plants their haircut in early December, rather than wait for late spring to cut off all the old pitchers. I will then be able to do a side-by-side comparison with plants where I remove the old pitchers in late winter and see if there is any significant difference in the next season’s growth.

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