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Growing in a greenhouse has some advantages and disadvantages. One thing that I miss about growing outdoors is that my plants don’t feast on bugs as much compared to when I was growing outdoors. Now – I do leave my vents open, and insects do manage to find their way in. So my plants do eat — a little bit. I will be playing around this season with fertilizer as a supplement (like MaxSea…) but in the meantime I wanted to try something else this year. I thought it would be fun to let the plants do what they were meant to do. Catch their own food! A huge special shout out to Scott Creary, Entomologist of IPM Labs (http://ipmlabs.com), as well as Ryan Georgia of Native Exotics (http://nativeexoticsonline.com/) for introducing us. Thanks guys! I had contacted Scott and purchased about 10k fly pupae. Yeah. Ten. Thousand. Fly. Pupae. Yummy! A nice little box arrived and this is what was inside:

Fly pupae10,000 fly pupae. In a beautiful green mesh bag. Brilliant presentation! ūüôā

Fly pupaeOMG!!!

Fly pupaeI just placed the pupae on small trays all around the greenhouse and over the course of the week, they eventually emerged. And eventually got eaten. I only go to the greenhouse a couple times a week, so I wasn’t there to witness the flies emerge. Yes, I did notice more flies in the greenhouse, however I knew plants were doing their job as I would find scenes like the below at a much greater frequency that what I am normally used to seeing.

First victim that I saw. Resistance is futile.

Flies!Later that week, I noticed early on that the plants were starting to catch prey.
(Reflected as the darker areas in the pitcher base above.)



…And, the Sarracenia were not the only ones having all the fun! The other carnivores were also having some fun too. More traps triggered on the Dionaeas, a few stuck to the Drosophyllum, and the Drosera were also having fun!


Snapshots from The Tank and The Greenhouse-in-Greenhouse

While most of the plants currently in their winter slumber, I’m keeping myself occupied by growing a few other plants. At my place, I keep a 50 gallon tank filled with a few Nepenthes, Cephalotus, Heliamphora, and a few other things. In The Asylum, I have a smaller greenhouse that I partially bubble wrapped for insulation. ¬†That’s where I have a few tropicals just hangin’ out. Here’s a few shots from both of those worlds.


First off a few shots from The Tank.

The TankThe Tank. It is lined with something shiny. Because I like shiny things. And the light makes the plants happy. Yes. Also, notice the 10″ x 20″ trays with the fluorescent egg crate cover that I trimmed over those trays. Excess water drains into the trays after I water the plants, and the crate keeps the plants from sitting in the water while that drainage water contributes to the the lovely humidity in the tank.

Cephalotus follicularisCephalotus follicularis

Cephalotus follicularisFrom the Powazek collection: Cephaltous follicularis growing in a hanging teardrop planter. Brillant.

Platycerium coronariumSpeaking of hanging things, I have a recovering Platycerium coronarium that didn’t like how cold it was getting in the greenhouse, so I moved it here. Seems to like it as it’s putting out new growth.

Pinguicula mesophyticaPinguicula mesophytica bloom.

Nepenthes hamataA young Nepenthes hamata pitcher.

Nepenthes hamata and Nepenthes burkeii x hamataLeft: young Nepenthes hamata pitcher. | Right: young Nepenthes burkeii x hamata pitcher.

Drosera regiaDrosrea regia vs. moth.

Nepenthes singalana Tujuh x hamata - Red Hairy FormNepenthes singlana Tujuh x hamata – Red Hairy Form… Beast!

Nepenthes singalana Tujuh x hamata - Red Hairy FormNepenthes singlana Tujuh x hamata – Red Hairy Form – check out the red/orange fuzz! Sweet!

Nepenthes singalana Tujuh x hamata - Red Hairy FormNew pitcher recently opened of Nepenthes singalana Tujuh x hamata – Red Hairy Form.

Nepenthes singalana Tujuh x hamata - Red Hairy FormNew pitcher recently opened of Nepenthes singalana Tujuh x hamata – Red Hairy Form – a closer shot of the same pitcher above.

Heliamphora heterodoxa x minorI did a few Heliamphora divisions and some reside in the tank and are adjusting quite well! This is Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor. The older pitchers look crappy but the new pitchers are coming up quite nicely.

Nepenthes robcantleyiA recently opened pitcher of Nepenthes robcantleyi! YEAH! I’ve had this for years and it has never really grown well for me. After moving it into the tank, it immediately let me know it was happy with these new conditions.

Nepenthes robcantleyiNepenthes robcantleyi. Ugh, that peristome tho. So magnificent. I can’t wait for this baby to put out larger pitchers! The whole pitcher will color up as it gets more mature. Seriously love this plant.

Tank - FanHere’s what I use for some air movement inside the tank – an Evercool computer fan. I currently have one on the left side of the tank but I’m planning to add another on the right side for better air movement.


And now – a few shots from inside the partially bubble-wrap clad greenhouse inside the greenhouse. (So bontanically inception-y, eh?)

Nepenthes houseThe Nepenthes/Tropical house.

Nepenthes lowii x campanulataNepenthes lowii x campanulata

Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioidesNepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides

Nepenthes "Eglantine"Nepenthes “Eglantine”

Nepenthes burbidgeae x platychilaNepenthes burbidgeae x platychila

Nepenthes Poi DogNepenthes – Poi Dog Hybrid

Nepenthes Poi Dog - maxima hybridNepenthes Poi Dog – Maxima Hybrid

Nepenthes platychilaNepenthes platychila – new pitcher steadily growing.

Nepenthes maxima x aristolochioidesFrom the Powazek Collection: Nepenthes maxima x aristolochioides

Nepenthes spectabilis x platychilaAlso from the Powazek Collection: Nepenthes spectabilis x platychila

Nepenthes densiflora x glanduliferaYoung pitcher of Nepenthes densiflora x glandulifera

Nepenthes x ((eymae x (stenophylla x lowii)) x x trusmadiensis)Nepenthes ((eymae x (stenophylla x lowii)) x x trusmadiensis)

Nepenthes spectabilis x singlanaNepenthes spectabilis x singlana

Nepenthes jambanNepenthes jamban – check out the pitcher in the back.
There’s a slug going for a swim in that pitcher.
I found it that way.

Nepenthes jambanAnother angle of Nepenthes jamban – you can see the slug a little better in there.

Nepenthes "Enigma"Nepenthes “Enigma”

AechmeaHad to throw a bromeliad up in here… (A type of Aechmea, not sure what the species is. You bro experts let me know what it is!)

Winter Greetings

Winter greetings all! I hope this finds you all well and that this winter season has been good to you and the plants.¬†Now that it is winter and the plants are asleep, activity in¬†The Asylum is ramping up. This winter season is a busy one indeed. I’ve been doing some cleaning, trimming, moving plants about, and even some sorting of seeds (Yeeessss, I know – many of you asked about seeds. And divisions. So stay tuned for that update…)

Here’s a small selection of photos from around the garden. First shot below is a doozy. What a complete mess this is. Yeah, I gots my trimming work cut out for me. Most plants have long since put away the glory of the season past. They are once again clothed in the sleep of crispy crunchy pitchers. Soon enough, this place will be bursting full of life again…

Time for clean upDormancy

And of course, my trusted garden helper – my katana, puts some work in…

Quick clip: Slicing through Sarracenia.
Sorry for the quality. Filmed in slow motion (120 FPS) on the mobile device

Sarracenia oreophilaSarracenia oreophila section – all squared away.

Dionea clean upDionaea, Pinguicula, and Drosera (Drosera out of shot in background) cleaned and organized.

Sarracenia oreophilaDormancy: Sarracenia oreophila

Sarracenia alata - Maroon ThroatSarracenia alata – maroon throat
A few pitchers still hanging on.

Sarracenia leucophylla x "Eva"Seedling: Sarracenia leucophylla x “Eva” ¬†pitcher still vibrant.


And while the Sarracenias sleep, the Nepenthes crew bask¬†in these cooler temperatures. Watching the Nepenthes and tropicals grow during the winter¬†helps break up the monotony of all the lifeless pitchers. I like them ‘cuz you know, I always have to be growing… *something.*

Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyiNepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi

Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioidesNepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides

Nepenthes (eymae x (stenophylla x lowii)) x trusmadiensisNepenthes (eymae x (stenophylla x lowii)) x trusmadiensis

Grow TankAnd finally – back home is the grow tank. I turned an unused 50 gallon tank into a refuge for some Heliamphora, Cephalotus, Nepenthes, a Pinguicula and Drosera. There’s a variegated vanilla orchid growing in the corner and a mounted staghorn fern (Platycerium coronatum) that was not taking too well to the cooler temps in the greenhouse. Be looking for updates from the grow tank in the future.


Recently my family and I visited the SF Conservatory of Flowers and got a chance to see the¬†Chomp! exhibit. If you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend stopping by and immersing yourself in the beauty that is the SF Conservatory of Flowers. Below is a slide show featuring a few shots from around the conservatory, as well as a few highlight shots from the exhibit.¬†Chomp! runs from 11 Apr 2014 – 19 Oct 2014 so be sure and visit soon! (And in case you didn’t already know – plants in the exhibit are from none other than California Carnivores… sweet!)


SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

SF Conservatory of Flowers

Signs of Life

With the unusually warm winter we’ve been having here in California, I’m seeing more and more signs of life springing up around the greenhouse. A vast majority of the plants are still dormant, but it’s pretty refreshing to see a few things showing some life.

Sarracenia "Legacy"
Sarracenia “Legacy” – the new growth already extending above the trimmed old growth of last season.

Sarracenia "Legacy"
Sarracenia “Legacy” bud – excited to think about the possibilities this can provide in breeding this season!

Drosera filiformis var. tracy
Drosera filiformis var. tracyi – waking up!

Pinguicula 'Titan'
Pinguicula ‘Titan’ ¬†in bloom. During the winter the pings provide some nice splashes of color against the brown crispy Sarracenia pitchers.

Dorsera regia
Drosera regia repotted last week – still looking quite grand!

Hello 2014

Hope everyone’s been having a good 2014 so far! Two weeks in there hasn’t been much plant action on this end – other than the massive cleaning and re-organizing efforts that are currently underway in The Asylum.¬†Here’s a few snapshots of how my 2014 is going so far.

The Asylum. The left half of the house has been trimmed. I’ve taken The Dome down on the right and I’m currently finishing up construction of 3 more water tables.

Trimmed Tables
Looking fresh and clean!

Dead Pitchers
The wreckage of dead foliage. I still have a lot of work ahead!

Sarracenia formosa AF
Burnt out heads of anthocyanin-free formosa.

Darlingtonia californica - Coos Co., OR
Special thanks to Karen Oudean for sending over some brilliant specimens of Darlingtonia californica – Coos Co., OR

Drosera binata var. dichitoma
Drosera binata var. dichitoma awake and unfurling new traps.

Drosera regia
Some Drosera regia cleaned and potted up.

Sarracenia bud!
What is this madness?! Is that… a BUD?!

Sarracenia "Legacy"
Sarracenia “Legacy” – new pitcher forming.


Saturday Stickiness!

Some Saturday stickiness for a little change of pace Рjust a few sundew shots for your weekend!

Drosera binata
Drosera binata – various forms.
I love the way they light up at the end of the day!

Drosera filiformis var. tracyii
Drosera filiformis var. tracyii

And now for some pygmy ones from Dom Diaz! (Thanks Dom!)

Drosera leucoblasta
Drosera leucoblasta

Drosera "Dorks Pink"
Drosera “Dorks Pink”

Drosera roseana
Drosera roseana

Drosera eneaba - green
Drosera eneaba – green