I have been collecting and cleaning Venus Fly Trap seeds from the garden for the last several weeks. I removed about 1/5 of the seed heads and left the remainder to self sow. I ended up with 5.7 grams of seeds. These will be divided between planting in the greenhouse, tissue culture cloning, some stored with a seed bank. The remainder placed strategically back in the garden. While it will be several years to see the full results of the harvest of 2013. I think we are off to a good start. I have ordered several 100 other carnivorous plant seeds and they too will be put in the greenhouse for germination. I have taken a fancy to Sundews as well and will replant those as well.
Archive for June, 2013
Meet Que, our new Bog Dog. A Shepherd mix I rescued from a shelter in Pender County. I introduced her to the garden this morning and splashing in the mud and bog water was sheer heaven, ( No plants were hurt in this encounter). Speaking of plants, I have 50 traps coming from the Flytrapstore.com and I ordered 6 varieties of Sundew seeds from the ICPS. I also have a cd coming of all their past publication. This will be added to the resources we are getting together at CFCC.
So here is the new greenhouse that I raise most of my carnivorous plants in. It is still unfinished as there is more shelves to install. But it is amazing just how many plants you can fit in a 6x8ft space. This weekend the pavers will be installed and the rest of the shelves and plants will be moved in. So far the cost is affordable under $500.00.
Poaching carnivorous plants seems to be at an all time high this season. Sadly there is a market for them and they are stolen out of the wild for so little money. Please do not purchase them at roadside stalls or flea markets. If you want one, buy cultivated plants. Most big box stores will have them. All the carnivorous plants we use in our educational programs come directly from growers. I purchase most of my plants for our programs and for my own collection from a great nursery in Ashland, Oregon named http://www.flytrapcare.com
Matt and Leah Miller have some of the best plants in the business. Their warm and friendly attitude is most welcoming for beginner growers and you can be sure of a great products and wonderful personal service. They have your typical flytraps, as well as plants for the collector.
Welcome to the new blog, Cape Fear Carnivores. Here you will find information about the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Garden and the plants and people that call it home.
We are located In Wilmington, NC, which is the center for the only native habitat for Dionaea muscipula or the Venus Fly Trap. Please look at the preceding blogs for information on Stanley Rehder and his lifelong love and support of carnivorous plants. While Stanley no longer walks among us, one only has to visit his garden to feel his presence and legacy.
Working in cooperation with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, the City of Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College it is my role to help facilitate the protection of carnivorous plants and their ecosystems. While the Rehder Garden is the focal point for many of our efforts we also have been, and will continue to provide other educational opportunities locally and regionally for school children and adults. The CFC blog will provide regularly updated information about carnivorous plants, events, and activities. Within this blog you will get the chance to meet growers, both professional and hobby, and delve into the latest news and information about this unique world of carnivorous plants.
Cape Fear Community College
We had a great clean-up day at the Rehder Garden on Friday the 21st. Ken Well and his Landscape Class and our Geology class all pitched in to clear overgrowth from the garden in preparations for the upcoming planting of new carnivorous plants. Within 3 hours they had carefully removed the overgrowth that would have taken me a week of long days to do alone. Many thanks to our new supporters of the Rehder Garden.
I took this photo yesterday while beginning some of the clean up of the park. The plant’s beauty reminds me just how special a place the Rehder Garden is.
I want to take time to first thank everyone for their concern and support and for the offers for donations to help us recover from the poaching. As soon as I can, I will be putting up a page for donations and other information about the garden. I hope to have a live cam placed in the coming weeks so you can see the work ongoing. We are still working out the cooperative arrangement between the NC Coastal Land Trust, the City of Wilmington, and Cape Fear Community College. At present if you want to make a donation of seeds or live plants or other supplies you can send them directly to:
Cape Fear Community College
C/O Daniel Sheret
411 North Front Street
Please mark “Perishable”
If you would like to contribute funds for the restoration and reward for information on the poaching please go to http://www.coastallandtrust.org/Flytrapfund
We can and will recover from this thanks to all that share the love and passion for such special plants. Please check back each day for more news and photos from the Bog.
Venus Flytrap flowering season is a prime season for poachers who want to steal the plants from their natural habitat.
Over the Memorial Day weekend in May, 2013, more than 1000 Venus Flytraps were stolen from the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden in North Carolina, U.S. This is in the heart of the Venus Flytrap’s native territory, a small region of coastal North and South Carolina. During the Venus Flytrap flowering season, often at its height in May, the bright white flowers make the Venus Flytraps easy for poachers to spot.
Links to news stories about this poaching–
- More than 1000 Rare Venus Flytraps Stolen
- Daughter of Carnivorous Plant Park Gardener Reacts to Venus Flytrap Theft
- Flytrap Thieves Steal Rare and Special North Carolina Plants
For those in the U.S. and Canada, please keep your eyes open for anyone selling Venus Flytraps who doesn’t seem like a long-term, reputable dealer. Whoever stole these natural-growing Venus Flytraps is going to want to sell them, so be alert to suspicious dealers at Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc., and if you see something suspicious, Stanley Rehder’s daughter, Julie Rehder, has asked to be notified. She’ll help local police authorities in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, in the heart of the Venus Flytrap’s very limited natural habitat, to try to catch this thief or thieves.
Anyone with information about the stolen plants is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department’s non-emergency line at (910) 343-3600 or send an anonymous text at: TIP708 and the message to CRIMES (274637).
Here is a quote sent out by Julie Rehder about this incident—
My name is Julie Rehder and I live I Wilmington, NC, native home to the Venus Flytrap. By looking at your website I can tell you are a knowledgeable and reputable dealer. I am reaching out to growers across the country to be on the lookout for a large amount of native Flytraps that were stolen from the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, a special preserve my father cultivated that is now part of the City of Wilmington’s Cross City Trail. About 1000 flowering plants were removed from the preserve over the last week seriously damaging what took about 30 years for my father to cultivate prior to his death at age 90 last October. The preserve is also home to five species of sarracenia plants as well as sundews.
The preserve was once a relatively secret bog formed from an old roadbed but when the NC Coastal Land Trust, which controls the easement, allowed the City of Wilmington to lease the space for community enjoyment but it opened up the area to more visibility and poaching. Knowledgeable poachers waited until the mature plants were in full bloom and removed them during the Memorial Day weekend. There is currently no security in the garden due to its proximity and the thieves had easy access in the dead of night. I am still pleased the City named the garden and created signage and overlooks for educational purposes but that joy is tempered by this very devastating loss. Fortunately this latest poaching event has created a community uproar and plans are being made for greater protection for the garden.
A reward will be announced soon but it is unlikely the perpetrators will be caught, especially if the plants were shipped or taken out of the area immediately after the theft. I am just trying to alert growers who may hear of advertisements for flowering native plants. You may contact me or the Wilmington, NC Police Department tip line if you hear of any online or person to person offers of sale of native flowering Venus Flytraps.
Our local community college will be aiding in replanting the area through tissue culturing and the collection of seed from the remaining plants but it will take years to restore the preserve.
I am always glad to see websites for cultured and seed grown Flytraps and enjoy knowing that the rest of the world is fascinated by my area’s local treasure.
Thank you for reading this long email and good luck in your own growing efforts.