95slvrZ28 wrote:I'll buy some plants! I'm just not too interested in cupped trap or the all green jaws like the store has right now (sorry Matt...). Maybe if you get some of the bigger varieties or that Dracula looking thing in there...that would be sweet!
I think you're in the majority Blake. Seems like the large trapped plants appeal to the masses. For me, they all look the same and not that much more spectacular than a large-trapped typical. I mean, when I look at a plant, I'd rather see something unique, like a cupped trap or a red sawtooth, rather than just a mass of large traps. Even my "typical" plants regularly have traps over 1" in length. That's pretty large and is there really that much of a difference between 1.25" and 1.5" traps when you look at them with the naked eye? Not to me...
But, as I said, you're definitely in the majority and I have some very superior looking plants that I plan on propagating and offering in the store. One that I haven't mentioned yet, but I'm calling "Long Eyelashes" has really long cilia and very large traps. I think it's gorgeous. It looks quite a bit like B52, but with longer cilia. I'm propagating that one.
I also have 350+ seedlings from Bob Ziemer's 2009 seed harvest going in TC right now. He has an amazing Dionaea collection (best in the U.S.) and I'm sure that many of the babies from this mix will turn out to be superior in some way.
Also, next year Steve_D and I are planning on starting a Dionaea breeding program. We'll be hand pollinating selected clones to try to get desirable offspring. We'll definitely try to cross the largest trapped plants to get a robust, large trapped plant hopefully superior to any others out there right now.