Cultivating Carnivorous Plants

Allan A. Swenson

DOUBLEDAY & COMPANY, INC.

GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK

1977

Photos by the author and Peter Jon Swenson unless otherwise noted.

Illustrations by Donna R. Sabaka

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

Swenson, Allan A

Cultivating carnivorous plants.

Bibliography: p. 152 Includes index.

I. Insectivorous plants. I. Title. SB432.S9 635-9'33'i2i ISBN 0-385-11148-7

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 75-3661 Copyright © 1977 by Allan A. Swenson

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ALL RIGHTS RESERVED FIRST EDITION

William S. Northrop (1901-1971), a self-taught naturalist, horticulturist, botanist, biologist, philosopher, and friend, to whom I am truly indebted.

Acknowledgments

For twenty-plus years I have lived among carnivorous plants. During that time I have traveled extensively to study these plants, photograph them, and interview scientists and amateur growers alike who share my fascination with these botanical wonders.

In greenhouse, on windowsill, in office, studio, even in underground artificial light experimental rooms, I have sought to unravel some of the puzzles surrounding these strange plants and their astonishing habits. There have been many long days and nights perched among these plants.

I am grateful for and willingly acknowledge the help provided by my entire family: my understanding wife, Sheila, and our sons Peter, Drew, Boyd, and Meade, who have helped so many hours in the growing, care, and study of these plants. Peter especially has aided immeasurably in the research phases.

Many others too contributed their thoughts and ideas as well as knowledge to this book. In particular I must thank Mrs. William Northrop, George and June Tregembo, and the legions of teachers, students, botanists, and other writers who have given their time, assistance, and experience in the creation of this work. I am sincerely grateful to all of them.

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