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I got into carnivorous plants a few months ago (3?) and am fortunate to live in a great place for it. The tap water here is so good there is no need to buy distilled water. I attended my first meeting of the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society recently.

At my local nursery I had picked up the only sarracenia and a Phillipines Nepenthes. The sarracenia was in dormancy and looked kind of like a hunk of grass for a good while. It's well out of dormancy now but many of the sarra. pitchers are now unable to stand on their own. I thought it may be due to growing with a lack of any wind on it. It's doing alright on the porch now.

I recently picked up a N. Spathulate x boschiana v. sakumpang and two variations of capensis drosera. I had to prune off the really tall blossoms on the drosera because they were so heavy they were uprooting the plants! There also seem to be some little drosera growing in the moss around the base. Maybe I can raise 'em up and transplant 'em one day ..also some venus flytraps.

Most recently I got a S. purpurea from my local garden store. I've been giving everything orchid food twice a month. I'm very happy to have stumbled on such a cool hobby and what seems to be a great community.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/78304387@N08/7169357746/" title="pitcher5-9 by jonproudfoot, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7169357746_fd7b74aef4.jpg" width="331" height="500" alt="pitcher5-9"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/78304387@N08/7169355912/" title="sarra4-19 by jonproudfoot, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7169355912_6cf80cca9d.jpg" width="331" height="500" alt="sarra4-19"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/78304387@N08/7169361342/" title="flytraps by jonproudfoot, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/7169361342_bd2f3e5afa.jpg" width="331" height="500" alt="flytraps"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/78304387@N08/7169357848/" title="droseracapenspathhyb by jonproudfoot, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7169357848_cefd36eb2e.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="droseracapenspathhyb"></a>
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Welcome to TF! Nice looking plants.
great start, your in Oakland i'm in half moon bay, ha there are so many people in the bay area that do this. well good luck
Cool beans, thanks y'all
That sarr doesn't look like a purp to me... ???
My N. x 'Ventrata' looked like yours when I got it. In just a few months, it started producing upper pitchers with tricked out peristomes. You'll love it when that time comes. Your plants look great! Und willkommen! :D