Lectures

Saturday Oct 1

11am-12pm Emmi Kurosawa

Vegetarian Carnivorous Plants are a Sign of Trouble? Diet shift associated with nutrient availability in carnivorous plant Utricularia spp.

Pristine wetlands where carnivorous plants grow support rich biodiversity and provide clean water for us. However, they are under threat due to the introduction of excess nutrients by human activities. Aquatic Utricularia spp, aka bladderworts produce less bladder traps when nutrients are introduced to their habitat. This implies that carnivory in Utricularia decreases as the available nutrients increase. We showed that the carnivory indeed decreases as environmental nutrient load increases, such as ammonium, phosphate, and dissolved organic carbon, using nitrogen stable isotope ratios. Look out for the environment when carnivorous plants become vegetarians


12pm-1pm Michael Graziano

Butterworts: An Overview of Natural History and Successful Cultivation of Pinguicula

The butterworts (Pinguicula spp.) are a widely distributed genus of carnivorous plants, ranging from alpine meadows in Europe, to rainforests and deserts in Central America, to the southern swamps of the United States. Almost a chameleon of plants, they are often mistaken for succulents due to their growth habit, or orchids due to their showy flowers. These carnivores can be surprisingly easy to cultivate in the home or garden. Please join our talk for a primer on the natural history and cultivation of these wonderful plants - packed with photographs and even some video!


1pm-2pm Dave Sackett

Growing Tropical Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes) at Home

Learn how to successfully cultivate and propagate these amazing carnivorous plants at home. You do not need an elaborate setup or a difficult watering routine. You will learn tips and tricks that have been used by NECPS members for decades. Bring your questions and open your mind to learning something new in this live presentation.


2pm-3pm Mike Stiffler

A Beginner's Guide to Growing Carnivorous Plants

Few plants capture the imagination more than carnivorous plants – strange and beautiful plants that catch and eat insects! Despite having a reputation of being difficult to cultivate, many carnivorous plants are easy to grow and will live for years once you understand and fulfill their particular needs. In this talk I will first introduce you to the many types of carnivorous plants, and examine why and how they’ve evolved to trap, kill, and digest their prey. Then we’ll cover the basics of carnivorous plant cultivation – watering, light, temperature, overwintering – and I’ll provide some examples of growing setups so you can grow your own healthy venus flytraps, pitcher plants and sundews!


3pm-4pm Michael Graziano

Hidden in the Pines: The Secret Refuge of Venus Flytraps, Pitcher Plants, and Other Rare Organisms

When asked where the Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) originates, most would refer to some tropical, far away forest in Asia or South America. Even more would be shocked to hear that flytraps, along with pitcher plants (Sarracenia spp.), Bladderworts (Utricularia spp.), Sundews (Drosera spp.) and many orchids are native and restricted to the longleaf pine forests of the southeastern United States. Please join our talk for a photographic tour of this ecosystem, with a focus on the natural history and conservation of this wonderful place.



Sunday Oct 2

11am-12pm Mike Stiffler

A Beginner's Guide to Growing Carnivorous Plants


12pm-1pm Dave Sackett

Tips and Tricks for Growing Sun Pitchers (Heliamphora) at Home

Dave will discuss his experience and research to help growers succeed with growing a fragile and difficult heliamphora carnivorous plant. Dave will share his nearly 20 years of experience growing these plants and have specific instructions for new growers. Questions all throughout his talk are welcome.


1pm-2pm Erik Walsh

Highland-Intermediate Plants: Guide to Building a Setup and Responsible Sourcing

Learn from my experience as a hobby grower turned Nepenthes aficionado. Follow along as I discovered my love for Highland Nepenthes and how I followed in the footsteps of professional growers that have successfully built their Highland grow chambers. Let's discuss what you'll need to build your own Highland grow chamber and where to find the very best Nepenthes, Heliamphora, Drosera, and others species that will thrive in these conditions.

2pm-3pm Mike Stiffler

A Beginner's Guide to Growing Carnivorous Plants