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VFT [26 Mar 2008|04:41pm]
The Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, is a carnivorous plant that catches and digests animal prey (mostly insects and arachnids). The trapping structure is formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves. The plant's common name refers to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, whereas the genus name refers to Dione.[citation needed] Despite being closely related to the waterwheel plant and sundews, Dionaea is a monotypic genus.

From Wikipedia.

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Welcome [26 Mar 2008|04:37pm]
Welcome.
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Guess the animal! [28 Dec 2006|06:02pm]


Guess the specimen in this picture that so uncannily resembles our familiar, hungry, fanged loved one!!!!




give up?

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Intriguing...
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Post summer growth [05 Dec 2006|05:49pm]


*heart thudding* uh oh, I am afraid I have recently grown a new obession as well.... (drum roll) SEA MONKEYS... more on this later.






they unfurl long tendrils tipped with gaping mouths!
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NEW POST!!!!!! [01 Dec 2006|06:03pm]




venus!!!!!!!


I didn't realize so many people actually visit this site, hence, I humbly apologize for the much too long hiatus.

In the past few months, my life had been tossed upside down and completely around, and the struggle to attain normalcy had been a rather difficult one.

I must keep specifics at bay and vague generalities closer, since this is not my personal journal.

The dear venus fly traps have been faring well, and struggling to keep their best face.

Update coming very soon!

-Caro

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sad things [12 Jul 2006|06:31pm]
June is a tragic month for me.

I took many photos of my healthy VFTs and soon after I got into a car accident that totalled my car, and I ended up in the ER. I am completely fine now, but was unable to update.

To the 2 people reading this, I express my apologies of the severe tardiness in updating. My venus fly traps are flourishing and have hordes of flies strewn across their traps in graphic, splendid glory and photos will indeed come!!!
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planties [12 Jun 2006|02:36am]
Wow! It has certainly been a while! :) My VFTs are flourishing, gorging ravenously, and blooming.

Massive pic update coming soon, hopefully within the next couple days.

Here's a teaser:



Pot of death!

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Thanks for the support while I was MIA, folks!
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whooooaaaa [22 Apr 2006|11:53pm]
sadly, some major family problems have incurred upon my formerly blissful life not a long while after the last post, and I had to take some time off in trying to deal with them.

After, I was fairly depressed and avoided my former hobbies.



However, my Venus Fly Traps are flourishing. I did not purchase any more and need now to majorly save $$ but pics of the babies shall come soon.

woo hoo! VFTs rule, please adopt one today.
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Pingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingzzzz [30 Mar 2006|03:01am]

[21 Mar 2006|01:13am]
Apologies for the delay in posting; have been a bit preoccupied, yet still have been taking numerous digi photos.

Update post coming up in a bit, I recently spent an ENTIRE DAY propagating Pinguiculas at a university greenhouse!!!!

Caro

Transplanting Dionaea into a cute "commercialized" fishbowl. [08 Mar 2006|10:41pm]
Yep.

Just couldn't resist it!

Names: "Wasabi" and "Boobie". Wasabi is the larger, more mature dionaea, and Boobie is the tiny dionaea.


Venus Fly Trap in a Fishbowl!!!!!!


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Many years ago when I was perhaps in 6th grade or so, my cousin Jennifer (who was my inspiration into applying to UCLA) purchased for my brother and me 2 Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta Splendens). We kept them alive for about a couple years until they died, and now I am using their fishbowls to cultivate dionaea.

2nd fishbowl will come up later this week.
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Reference: BobZ's Gourmet Plants. Finetooth X Red, petite dragon, others. [04 Mar 2006|10:49pm]
Just for reference. Weekly updates or so.

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[04 Mar 2006|10:13pm]
Updated my reference for Tippy/Bubo/Cabby/Giraffe.
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Afternoon w/Larry: Indian food, Cal State Fullerton Greenhouse, CP Bonanza! [03 Mar 2006|10:56pm]
Today marks the first official meetup I've ever had with a fellow CP cyber-enthusiast, Larry!!!!! Click here for Larry's CP website. We ate a decent Indian buffet lunch (there was great paneer there, but the #1 Chicken Tikka Masala still remains Westwood's New India Grill) and ambled off to Cal State Fullerton's greenhouses. Larry provided an extensive, phenomenal tour, filtering out the "uncool plants" and showing me all the VFTs, Sarracenias, Pinguiculas, Cephaloti, and etc.



There was also a student Greg working there who didn't seem obsessed with CPs but pointed out some hideous tumour-like succulents anyway, :) The cutest, most docile and amiable kitty stealthily stalked her way around us. So adorable.

   


Near the end of our tour the real deal showed up: Ed Reader, the caretaker of the CSF greenhouse, and the ORIGINAL CREATOR OF THE DIONAEA MUSCIPULA 'RED PIRANHA' cultivar!!!!!!!!!

Ed called me a freak and laughed his head off at me, but I didn't care, he's the one who spend thousands of hours propagating baby Dionaea. Though I'd kill to do this invitro thing.

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When I got home my Equilibrio consolation package came, and I was very enthused to see a gorgeous Chilean Giant with red mouths, and a rather robust looking Typical.

Supercool highlights: Taking home my very first two Drosera (Capensis & Scorpiodes) thanks to Larry, and the CUTEST BABY RED PIRANHA!!!! I was in utter euphoria!!! Wooooooooooo!!
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Reference: Ed's Red Piranha [03 Mar 2006|09:50pm]
This was a gift from Ed Read, the official creator of the dionaea cultivar "Red Piranha".

He had kept it under heavily filtered light so I did the same as well, but only slightly filtered.


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Observation: reddens at the speed of lightning!
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Reference: Equilibrio "Chilean Giant" & "Typical" [03 Mar 2006|09:49pm]
Rec'd 3/3/06 as Day 1.

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*Note: little random leaves in the pot are test leaf cuttings from another Typical.
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Reference: Equilibrio Czech Giant [03 Mar 2006|09:07pm]
Czech Giant. Purchased @ just a couple years old, for $14!!!!! :( :( :(


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Observation: Digests relatively quickly.
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Thursday. BBP order. (from 3 weeks ago) [02 Mar 2006|09:19pm]
Finally arrived my 3-week-late order from Robert Crespo, an order I had placed in the beginning of my blind VFT ordering frenzy, all of which were severe mistakes, due to the blatant ineptitude and lack of professional service of these companies. I had communicated extensively with this vendor, politely requesting and reminding that I had purchased 4 ten-year-old bulbs (b/c the website had a typographical error) but he STILL sent the wrong bulb size. Prior to these bulbs I had placed an order for 3 VFTs in one pot, which, according to the photo, showed 3 rather medium sized plants. Once again I communicated before purchasing, "do the plants resemble this size or the photo?", and received affirmation after affirmation.

Three weeks later I received my two products, one which was a mistake, and one which was a complete misrepresentation,  even after I had confirmed my suspicions with the vendor, and asked when he would ship the plants out.

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However, I wrote a kind and polite e-mail to Robert Crespo (the owner) thanking him for shipping the product out, but explained what happened in my order, reiterated the number of times I had clearly communicated / requested the proper type of bulbs be sent, and asked what could be done.
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Reference: WM Tray #3- Tippy, Bubo, Cabby, Giraffe [26 Feb 2006|11:55pm]
I will be updating this post hopefully once a week with pictures of these particular plants, as a reference.

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sunflowers, moonflowers, sweet pea, tomato, rat ransack. [25 Feb 2006|07:47pm]
Zoomed off to Walmart twice today ::blush::


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Rat Ransack :(
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