Carnivorous Plant Connection nursery primarily produces retail-ready potted pitcher plants, sundews and venus flytraps for garden centers, grocery stores and special events. We also keep an updated inventory for mail-order sales.
Plants are bare-rooted and shipped via USPS on Mondays. Larger orders may ship Fedex. Standard shipping charge is $9. Inventory list is in PDF form and is updated when plants are added or removed from the online sales area in the greenhouse. If you see something you like then send an email to email@example.com. I will email you an invoice that you can pay using a credit card, bank account or paypal account.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for mail-order sales, special requests or wholesale inquiries.
Leah Wilkerson pitchers and b-52 and king henry venus flytraps don’t stay on the list long so if you see something you like then send me an email.
-happy gardening, Josh
Below is an example of a typical flat of 3″ size plants. The pitchers are 2 years from maturity and haven’t formed a clump yet. Their roots will fit nicely into a 4″ round or 3″ x 5″ square pot.
This next photo is of quart-sized plants. They are often divisions of mature plants and have root systems that fill out a 4″ x 5″ square pot.
Gallon-sized pitcher plants’ roots will fit nicely into a 3-quart or larger pot. They are fully grown clumps or divisions.
Posted February 7th, 2013. Add a comment
I recently brought plants to an elementary school. They had some questions!
Q. Why do you only keep plants that are native to N.C.? – Elijah
A. Because my nursery is in N.C. the plants that grow wild near here love the weather.
Q. How many bugs does a sundew eat in one month? – Evan
A. I’ve never counted! That sounds like a fun science experiment though. You would have to count how many bugs are on the plant, wait a month and then count again. It would be different every time because of weather, time of year and how many leaves are on the plant.
Q. Have you ever seen a live fly go into a venus flytrap? – Justin
A. Yes, its really cool!
Q. How many plants do you sell a day? -Joanna
A. I sell enough plants in the spring and summer to pay rent, buy dog food, and all the toys I want.
Q. Does the venus flytrap from seed or from division live longer? – Christian
A. Very good question. I would guess that they live the same length. Venus flytrap continually make new little babies from their roots and seed that turn into baby venus flytrap.
Q. I got a questions to ask you. Have these plants lived with you for a long time? – Juliana
A. I’ve been growing bug-eating plants since before you were born. That’s more than a lifetime!
Q. How big does the pitcher plant get and how hard is it to grow the venus flytrap? -Aaron
A. Tropical pitcher plants can make traps as big as a 2-liter coke bottle, and its pretty easy to grow a venus flytrap. All you have to do is trick it into thinking its still at home in a damp spot near Wilmington.
Q. Are you a horticulturalist? -Hailey
A. I call myself a nurseryman. My job is to grow the plants big and find new homes for them. And then grow more the next year!
Q. Can I have a venus flytrap □yes □no ? – James
A. You can have a venus flytrap if you’ve been good and your parents get you one. My plants are at Earthfare westgate and sometimes at Jesse Israel garden center.
Posted September 12th, 2012. Add a comment
If you’re looking for plants with exceptional flowers, here are a few that you can purchase at Carnivorous Plant Connection:
In order of appearance: grass pink orchid, southern threadleaf sundew, alata “brokken”, “fuchsia”, rubra ssp. gulfensis x leucophylla “pencil pitcher”, rubra “north carolina”, flava var. cuprea “441″, flava var. cuprea x leucophylla “just peachy”, flava x leucophylla “428″, jonesii x minor var. okeefenokeensis “422″
I’ve been busy! Here are some photos of last summer to keep you warm this winter. Click “FS” at the bottom of the slideshow for full screen viewing.
In order to export multiple commercial shipments of CITES Appendix II plants (all Sarracenia and venus flytrap excluding S. jonesii, S. alabamensis, S. oreophila) into another country:
1. Apply for a nursery license from your state Dept. of Agriculture. If you plan on wild collecting any plants also apply for wild plant permit. If you’ve wild collected plants prior to receiving a wild plant permit from your state you will not be able to complete step 3.
2. When you get your nursery license ($100 in NC), send in form “PPQ621″ application for protected plant permit. $70.
3. Contact your state department of agriculture plant industry division. Obtain required permits. For instance in North Carolina, you are required to fill out form PC-3, PC-4, PC-5, and PC-6 if you grow and sell S. minor. You may also be required to have a certificate of origin for each species of protected plant that you grow and sell.
4. When you are approved for protected plant permits from APHIS and your state department of agriculture, send in form 3-200-33 “application for export of artificially propagated plants” to US Fish and Wildlife Division of Management Authority. $205 http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-33.pdf . Be prepared to show copies of receipts from every plant you’ve ever obtained, labeled photographs of the growing environment, and contact info for everyone you’ve ever obtained plants from. If they approve you then you are eligible to export plants for 3 years. Apply for additional “single use CAPPS” certificates ($5 each) when you wish to make a shipment. The “single use CAPPS” is what people refer to as the CITES permit. If you have questions you will not be able to contact US Fish and Wildlife Division of Management Authority. They do not answer phones or emails. When I submitted my 3-200-33 it took them 8 months to mull it over and establish a master file. It was riddled with large errors. They will likely determine eligibility of each species on three levels: Annex 1 is ship as many as you would like, Annex 2 is you are limited to shipping a pre-determined number, Annex 3 is you are not eligible to ship that species.
4. Ask your plant inspector if there are any quarantines for the country that you are shipping to. When you are ready, request to proceed with the initial inspection process.
5. When the inspection process is done (which may be months), you may apply for a phytosanitary certificate. This is done electronically through https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/ . It is a two stage process to gain access to the system. First fill out your information, then bring your ID to the nearest USDA office to get clearance. When you have access, the next two steps are to add the appropriate amount to your monetary balance, and to fill out the phytosanitary certificate. It is important that you choose the correct field station in the second page of the application. It is possible that you are to choose the nearest state station, then fill out the entire application again choosing the port location. I used USDA/APHIS Atlanta for my port.
6. If you’ve chosen the correct field station, your plant inspector will receive the electronic application for the phytosanitary certificate. At this point it is likely your plants need to be bare-root with all the leaves cut off. Your inspector will come to your nursery and give you a state phytosanitary certificate.
7. Mail the state phytosanitary certificate and “single use CAPP”/ CITES permit to the port. Include return envelope with postage. At this point they hopefully have received the electronic application for a federal phytosanitary certificate and will deduct your fee from the PCIT system.
8. The port will stamp your CAPP/ CITES permit and issue a federal phytosanitary certificate. They will also hopefully send a copy of your CAPP/CITES permit to US Fish and Wildlife Division of Management Authority.
9. At this point you have received the federal phytosanitary certificate and CAPP/CITES permit from the port. If you have chosen to use USPS for shipping they require the proper import permits from the destination country. Scan/email or fax a copy of all of your paperwork to the destination country’s CITES regulatory agency. They will then need to send you a copy of the required import permits.
10. Attach a copy of your federal phytosanitary certificate, CAPP/ CITES permit, and your consignee’s import permit to the outside of the box. Put the originals inside the box.
11. Ship it! Your post master will have you fill out CP-72 customs declaration and dispatch note and label 11-b.
*approximate cost on the export side is about $500 the first shipment, $125 each additional shipment:
$100 nursery license
$70 Aphis protected plant permit
$205 CITES master file and one CAPP
$105 federal phyto for commercial sized shipments
$20 mailing paperwork to and from the port
* expect the entire process to take over a year for first shipment, 6 months for additional shipments
* if your customer chooses to delay shipment independent of the permitting process, consider charging a monthly fee for your greenhouse space
* get in touch with your plant inspector early to have them research the destination country’s quarantines
* with a CITES master file you are only eligible to ship the plants listed in the original application and in the quantities specified by the branch of consultation and monitoring division of scientific authority, US Fish and Wildlife division of management authority
* you can’t ship other people’s plants
Posted January 19th, 2011. Add a comment
Greetings! Its been a busy summer, growing plants, selling plants and goofing off. I finally got a chance to post PHOTOS
of some of the plants that are new to the nursery. Quite a number of the trumpet pitchers can’t be found anywhere else! Check them out in the “RARE STUFF”
section and if you see anything you like send me an email. I’ll check to see if I have a division ready to go for you. Happy gardening, Josh
Posted October 27th, 2010. Add a comment