I first started growing pitcher plants many years ago. But I knew next to nothing about their requirements and slowly I lost them, one after another. Only one survived.
I was to discover later that this was a nepenthes mirabilis which actually flowered at one stage but stopped pitchering. A CP expert who visited my garden yelped when he saw where I had planted the nep. The plant was actually acquiring nutrients from the ground and thus saw no need to produce any more pitchers. I did as I was advised. I took cuttings and removed the plant from where I had planted it. Today I have three small nepenthes mirabilis which as pitchering well!
My knowledge of CPs then was limited to pitcher plants and venus fly traps. Then came my trip to Singapore where I met up with a few forumers. I heard Richard, Casey and Sasa discussing something totally alien to me. I caught the word ‘sundew’. “Sundew?” I asked. “Is it edible? Is it like the honeydew?” They laughed and told me that I’d see what it was soon. And so I did – at Casey’s and Sasa’s homes, I gaped and gawked at my very first droseras! What an amazing God we have who created such beauties!
Casey very kindly gave me a pot of drosera brumanii … which I treasured and protected all the way home. My very first sundews and the beginning of a new chapter in gardening for me!