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Today is July 31st and I just now look up this information
I saw the call for presentations. I will email Emmi and Don. If you have it all booked, good. Last year I had 4 people attend. It was an exciting presentation on the plant import process: Importing Carnivorous Plants.
I presented this posted at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.
The quality is bad. I will work on another method to upload the document.
I had a lot of seeds and wanted to plant them in a scientific way. Keeping the method standard for all species, I planted 11 species/varieties of plants, mostly carnivorous, Rhexias the exception. I planted them in sealed plastic solo cups, under lights on an automatic timer and didn't touch the plants for over 6 months... in fact still counting. I never have to water them. They do their own thing. They are small and probably need fertilizer. I graphed and tabled the germination percent and the timing of germination. I included a lot of seedling pictures with a dime to show how small they are. I wanted to inspire others to grow plants. This was easy and cheap and I produced close to 2000 plants. Many of the plants are federal and state listed. Surprising many of the rarest germinated well. It seems producing plants is not the problem, the habitat where they grow being destroyed is, but that is for another discussion.
That wasn't the main point of why I did this project. I also wanted to display these plants. I contacted the Fish and Wildlife Service along with 14 other state agencies. I obtained a permit and was able to cross state lines, with federally and state listed plants, within and out of those states, fully legally. Because I work with regulations, I had the skills to do this. No ordinary person would have put forth the effort I guess. Those regulations I hope to type up for an article, yet its not very exciting. I think I can claim I am the only person to transport and display this many listed plants at one time ever in US history. Don't worry, to transport carnivorous plants into Massachusetts doesn't require a permit I checked it last year. Georgia doesn't care much either. North Carolina and South Carolina, now they care a little bit.
For a presentation I could talk about growing plant in plastic cups for mass production. I took some of the plants, 7 of the cups, with me to the conference and showed people. Its one thing to see a picture of venus flytrap seedlings, its another to hold the cup in your hand and look at how small they are with traps on them. The pictures were for the populous, they were the gold of the poster. The graphs and text were for any academic in case any wanted to be snobby. I wasn't challenged. Or I could do the import presentation again, it would only take 5 attendees to beat last year's record
Or none at all. I go to show off the plants and talk with other growers. I won't feel bad for not doing a presentation. Other people have some interesting stuff to present.