MAJOR loss of my plants due to mouse infestation

hunterkiller03(9)November 9, 2010

I suffered another disaster this weekend. Three years ago I had my greenhouse vandalized by some kids who tried to break into my house but couldn't. So they were content raiding my tool shed & smashing some of my Sarracenias & stealing my Venus flytraps.

Then I had my stupid Aunt from my dad's side who came to visit last November. She ripped out my two only S. leucophylla, thinking they were flowers for my brothers tomb.

"You can get this anywhere in Home Depot or Garden store," she said. And trying to prove how I was making a big deal over nothing, she bought me a couple of calla lilies pots thinking that will make me happy. She thought my leucos were some type of callas. Tried to explain to her the difference but she looked at me all smug & said. "You still believe in that stuff?"

Call her a word that rhymes with witch. In front of my dad & you can guess the big fight afterwards. Surprised the pitchers lasted for 15 days in the urn with the rest of the flowers. Other then that, the rhizomes were beyond salvaged.

Now my little Sarracenia bog pot became infested with mice, which decided to build their nest in the media. I saw the soil when they dug out their tunnel but I figured it came from one of the old pots that toppled over because I couldn't figure where else the soil could come from. I didn't see the hole in one corner below just next my S alabamensis, the pitchers were hiding it from view. That happened 10 days ago when I last checked them & all my plants were doing fine. I even had my VFT & my two S. purpurea purpurea (one heterophylla) out growing inside my greenhouse so they can grow naturally under sunlight & achieve dormancy naturally at the start of this coming winter.

When I went to water my plants on Saturday, I realized to my horror most of my VFT were gone, including some of my cape sundews, then I realized to my growing horror the leaves of most of my Sarracenias were very wilted & drying up.

Unfortunately that's how I finally saw the tiny hole next to my alabamensis, its shriveled pitchers looked like they were cut from below the ground and had toppled over when its pitchers shriveled. I also so parts where tunnels had collapsed. I dug everything out, trapping & killing three adult mice & destroying seven litters of dozen pinkies.

I basically lost most of my Sarracenias, some I had for 10 years. Sarracenia 'Scarlet Belle', a small shoot of my S. alabamensis, S. flava var. Ornata & Rugelii, S rubra gulfensis & wherrii, & S. purpurea heterophylla is all I have. Some are damaged so I don�t know if they will survive.

Boy I fill like crying & have no one else to turn. Some of my relatives think I�m just being silly for some plants I can get anywhere. I feel like I should just give it up. That was a big hit to my collection, how the heck I'm going to recover this? It took me years...

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I feel your pain, having experienced the same sort of vndalism - human and critter. My own Sarracenia are in a nursery for the winter but I have seedlings of others. i can help yout where I have duplicates.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 12:15PM
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Very sorry to hear about your plants. No giving up allowed! Start over and tell them to keep their #^$$%$##&@ hands OFF your plants.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 4:43PM
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I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your plants. People can be so insensitive!

I have just been learning to grow cps and orchids for about a year. I have killed quite a few but I keep reminding myself that I gained knowledge and experience even though I wasn't able to keep my plants alive. It really, REALLY sucks you lost your collection but I hope it is a comfort to remember that it will not take as long this time to build another thriving collection because you still carry all that expertise you learned.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2010 at 9:45PM
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Thanks everyone. But boy is it very depressing losing so many plants. A few more of my sarracenias died: my S. 'Cobra Nest', I bought it last year in a Home Depot in L.A., my S. flava 'copper top', and my S. rubra jonesii. They were nibble so near to the growing points, plus it was the beginning of their dormancy. I think it was too much for them, so they died. But I recently noticed my D paradoxa is gone.

But I do have a surviving S alabamensis pup that was growing from the main rhizome, at least that's some good news, since this is an endangered species and it's hard to get one. I also have a VFT triffid pup and my S purpurea heterophylla seems to be recovering. So there is a bit of good news.

So I'm looking at my list of my plants showing where I bought my plants. I'm hoping repurchase them this spring. My favorite spots I bought my plants came from California Carnivores, Lee's Botanical Garden, and Cook's Flytraps. Hopefully even visit California Carnivores this coming July. See if Mr. D'Amato remembers me.

Well, I wont give up. But boy I have to learn to prooof ead my posts better. :-p

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 3:38AM
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