After a 5 year hiatus, I have returned.

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After a 5 year hiatus, I have returned.

by SinJin » Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:39 pm

Hi guys! You can call me SinJin.
SinJin is actually my middle name (technically spelled "St. John" and pronounced "SinJin", after St. John Smith from James Bond!). I'm mostly a lurker here on the forums, but since a lot has happened recently CP-wise, I thought I'd make my first post in five years.

Starting from the beginning!
I gained interest in carnivorous plants in 2004/05 when I was living in Florida.
I was growing general flytraps and pitcher plants until a hurricane wiped out my collection (Some Lowes rescues and a massive Ventricosa).

After that, my priorities changed and I didn't join the community/grow CP's again until about 2013. A tad older then, I got my first greenhouse, followed by a 50gal highland terrarium cooled by a peltier with massive fans and a PC power supply.
Guess what? I lost nearly everything again in a move from Florida to Colorado about 1.5 years ago(At that point, I'd say I have grown my collection to about 40-50 plants as well). I attribute it to a combination of the stress, failure to provide a more gradual acclimation, and the fact that some were simply too large/costly to keep warm in the winter. What remained of my collection was later sold or donated.

Some more about myself:
I was born in Denver, Colorado, and moved to Florida in 2002. A good bit of my childhood was spent watching nature shows, and playing with lego/knex/erector kits. Honestly, my childhood as a whole was weird.
I left High School at 17 to get my GED and join the workforce. I spent a lot of time working until my father got a job offer in Colorado, whom I quickly followed. My decision to move may have cost me my collection, but it was worth it I think.
I am now 22 years old, employed as a Sales Floor Lead/Lower Management in the Medical+Retail Cannabis industry. I've gained my financial freedom, and now share a spacious apartment with a woman that I love dearly, who also shares a similar passion for ornate plants and eccentric hobbies.

Now here we are, 2018 and I've propagated my new outdoor collection from 4 to 8 plants, with 7 Nepenthes to arrive this week. I've successfully acclimated my Dionaea, Sarracenia, Pinguicula, and Drosera to the Colorado weather. And to top it off, I have just completed my two-tier, water cooled, 14 cubic-foot highland cabinet to house the 7 plants I am expecting.(You can expect to see a post regarding such cabinet soon)

Here's some pics that I could find of a few species I was growing a while back:
N. Hamata
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S. Leucophylla
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N. Rafflesiana
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N. Viking
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N. Robcantleyi (Grown Lowland)
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N. x Tiveyi
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H. Minor
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C. Follicularis
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N. Spectabilis x Jacquelineae
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Best of Vibes, You Beautiful People.

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Re: After a 5 year hiatus, I have returned.

by MattByers » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:57 am

Glad your're back, that's some expert level Sphagnum you grew and what great examples of the CP realm you chose to grow! I hope your new collection exceeds the last. Colorado though, might be tough. Best of luck!!

Matt Byers

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