A Tale of Two Growers
Blog Posts, Grow Guides, & More
Hello fellow horticultists! I'm Alvin Liu, a high school student from NJ, and as of December 2016 I've been growing carnivorous plants for about 6 years (give or take a year or two). You may recognize some of my photos from my photo threads on the forums (rest in peace, for many people), Facebook groups, or my Plantstagram account - if that's the case, then it's great to see you here too! I decided to create this site with my colleague Dan to not only distill our collective experiences into a format that we could easily share with the community, but mostly also to document our findings, successes, and difficulties as we grow these botanical gems.
Disclaimer: As you're reading, please keep in mind that we are in no way master growers! The intent of this site is to share our horticultural journey with you as we inch up the learning curve, and our growing guides are here only to summarize our personal experience for newer growers or growers who might want a different outlook.
We'll update the blog as often as we can (or when something plant-related and mildly exciting happens to either of us). Most of the content will probably consist of Drosera (as that's what both of us tend to grow the most of), but we'll try to make sure the other genera we grow are fairly represented as well.
Make sure to sign up for our newsletter if you're interested or will be entertained by our mistakes (I assure you, there have been plenty of those already and there will be plenty more to go around)! I'll pass the mic over to Dan now.
Enjoy these random Drosera burmannii!
Greetings! For much of my life, I've had an interest for things that are "unique": reptiles, interesting fish, and, as per the name of this blog, carnivorous plants. Alvin introduced me to carnivorous plants around one year ago when he gave me a Drosera capensis. Prior to that, I had been maintaining a garden and some houseplants for quite some time. From there, my collection has grown substantially.
As Alvin has said, I hope that this website will help beginners and document our botanical happenings. I've found maintaining my plants to be an excellent destresser and I'd definitely recommend growing CPs to anybody looking to pick up an interesting hobby.
I hope that you find this site useful!
Here's some Drosera graomogolensis - one of my favorite species.