David

About David Fefferman

Carnivorous plant grower, entrepreneur, product manager, designer, tech junkie, car nut, Halloween enthusiast. Actively making my hobbies and fascinations a key focus of my life.

How to treat scale damage on Nepenthes

By |2017-04-12T07:57:01+00:00April 10th, 2017|Pests|

How do scale infestations happen? Last year, I purchased a Nepenthes talangensis x sibuyanensis at the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society Show and Sale (totally recommend going - it's an excellent event that falls on June 3rd, this year) and introduced it into my Nepenthes terrarium without a full [...]

A brief lesson in carnivorous plant taxonomy

By |2018-10-18T17:18:45+00:00March 27th, 2017|Classification, History|

What's in a name? If it's a plant name, quite a lot, actually. Plant taxonomy, including carnivorous plant taxonomy, is the science that 1. identifies plant characteristics, 2. classifies those characteristics, and ultimately 3. describes them via a name. Frequently, Latin is used to describe unique characteristics as a way to differentiate species. The result is a name that doesn't [...]

How to make a carnivorous plant terrarium

By |2018-10-18T18:11:36+00:00April 6th, 2017|Cultivation, Propagation|

Terrariums are a spectacular way to grow many carnivorous plants. They maintain high humidity, keep temperatures constant, allow in ample light to keep plants happy, and provide a porthole through which you can monitor your plant’s progress. They’re also an elegant way to put plants on display as beautiful indoor and outdoor decorations. [...]

How to treat thrip damage on a pitcher plant

By |2018-10-18T18:24:43+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Pests|

Thrip damaged sarracenia leaf with the little buggers circled. Thrips - the bane of pitcher plant growers, the world over. These tiny devils invade your plants, carried to them on breeze or introduced by other infested plants. Thrips have asymmetrical mouths with the right mandible being vestigial, or missing all-together, and the left mandible [...]

Transplanting & Dividing Pitcher Plants

By |2017-02-21T06:33:34+00:00February 19th, 2017|Cultivation, Propagation|

Transplanting Sarracenia (North American Pitcher Plants): I spent a good chunk of last weekend transplanting Sarracenia from the cramped pots they had become root bound in, to larger 20 gallon containers where they will be able to stretch their rhizomes and send out new runners (in turn creating new plants). During the process, I [...]

The Beginning of Carnivorous Plant Resource

By |2018-10-18T18:29:52+00:00January 31st, 2017|Miscellaneous|

A Passion Project For The Carnivorous Plant Community: As you'd guess, we're huge fans of carnivorous plants. We've been collectively growing for almost four decades, and the wonder of these plants still captures our imaginations. The notion that a plant species would evolve highly-specialized traps to lure, ensnare, and digest prey to compensate for [...]