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#1 Jay Lechtman

 
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 13:39 PM

Greetings, all

I'm Jay Lechtman, from Northern Virginia, USA (near Washington DC). I started killing the standard grocery store VFTs (and Darlingtonias, as I grew up in their native California) when I was a lad of about eight. The first "rescued" flytrap survived in 1990, and I've been growing my collection (and marginally increasing in skill) ever since.

I have a very large collection of Sarracenia (outdoors in growing season, in a cold greenhouse in the winter), and smaller aggregations of Heliamphora, Pinguicula, Genlisea, Utricularia and Cephalotus.

I have one lowly unknown-hybrid Nepenthes in the basement, which I would be happy to trade for an anthocyanin-free S. minor, or a Darlingtonia that can take our heat, or a Drosophyllum that can take our rain and humidity. I'm not picky :-).

Sarracenia species variants and naturally-occurring hybrids with specific locale information are my specialty, and it seems that the European growers, ironically, have done the best job of preserving this for North American natives :-). That's why I'm here.

I look forward to learning more from you all, and contributing in whatever small ways I can.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 13:43 PM

Welcome to CPUK! :hi:

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 15:22 PM

hi welcome to the forum :tu:

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 18:14 PM

Hello Jay, you'll learn nothing from me as I'm very new to keeping CP's :laugh2:
I've just been bitten with the Sarracenia bug and am fast running out of room, welcome to the forums :D

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 18:33 PM

Welcome to CPUK Jay!

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 02:21 AM

Welcome Jay. I'm always a little jealous of you Americans for having the perfect climate for Sarracenia outdoors. Plus you've got California Carnivores & Sarracenia Northwest.

Edited by Richard Bunn, 16 June 2012 - 02:21 AM.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 13:07 PM

Welcome to CPUK, Jay!

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 15:47 PM

welcome ;)

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 18:51 PM

Jay your post makes good reading and it's always good to see growers from around the world enjoying this forum. As a UK Sarracenia grower I'm green with envy about your outdoor growing conditions, particularly as the wind is howling and rain beating on the window right now. Of course we have a fantastic variety of Sarracenia here and a very healthy, vibrant community of CP growers thanks to this forum. It's a great hobby, welcome to the best CP forum.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 19:32 PM

Hi Jay,

I am very new to the hobby. I love the red and pink Venus flytrap forms. I am also from the states originally. So technically I am a fellow American too but I
have lived in Europe for many years. Now I live in Stockport, Greater Manchester UK.

Welcome!

All the best!
KittyKat

#11 Jay Lechtman

 
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:44 AM

Thanks, everyone!

And don't be jealous, Richard, there are CP growers in Europe we dream about visiting (and both of the nurseries you mentioned are thousands of kilometers from me) and, besides, the Magner's is fresher on your side when you get a pint (on tap, I'm sure) than when I have to crack open a bottle :-).

#12 Richard Bunn

 
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 14:07 PM

Weird thing about 'Magners' is that here in Ireland the very same stuff from same brewery and same bottling is called Bulmers. So strange.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 23:38 PM

Welcome Man! :big_boss:

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 22:39 PM

Hello and welcome here :thumright: