Inspiring your passion for Nepenthes with mineRedLeaf Exotics
Hi Nepenthes lovers!
Im Domonick Gravine and I welcome you to the Redleaf Exotics nursery blog! I specialize in growing carnivorous plants called Nepenthes and I do my best to inspire your passion for them with mine! I looooove Nepenthes and I’m sure many of you know the feeling behind growing these truly spectacular works of art from nature! Wether you’re a collector or growing for your first time, I am here to get those pitcher juices flowing and excited! My blog will consist mainly of inspiring images, beneficial grow tips, fun stuff going on around the nursery, and random things like plant guessing games for delicious prizes and I don’t mean a common N. ventricosa …not that there’s anything wrong with her:)
I’ve been growing for almost 20 years and its my goal to provide you with all I’ve learned about these plants! It is my desire that you walk away with something that you can apply and blend with your own cultivation techniques to better grow your plants. I’ve observed certain things Nepenthes do love and I’m willing to share my experiences. Do nepenthes need fertilizer? Hmmm I guess we will find out;) We are all different, our conditions are different, and that means we have to fine tune between what works for us and the plants. Practice definitely makes perfect! Do you love Nepenthes? I know you do and I want to help you get even more obsessed!
As many of you know, redleafexotics.com opened last weekend and I wanted to thank everyone who participated in the Exotica Plants import, placed an order off the website, or just checked it out! This has been a dream come true for me and I appreciate all of your support and interest in something that makes us all so excited and happy! Thank you!!! We all share such an a beautiful passion and I want to support yours in anyway I can! Switching from a hobbyist to a business has been pretty interesting. I’ve been a fashion photographer for 12 years and I decided that route was not going to keep me next to my plants, but away from them…. And its always been “anything for the plants! Going through the greenhouse to pluck beautiful plants for one of you or make a “do I really need to keep it” decision has not been as hard as I thought it would be. I found that happy customers made me feel really good inside and that makes this so worth it! I never thought I would ever want to sell Nepenthes! Omg, my babies?? Never! But your happiness energizes mine and I love it!!!! I know what made/makes me happy as a plant grower and I look to passionately provide that to you! Looking forward to growing into the future with all of this! Thank you all again!
On a final mental note, this week I will have over 500 new releases, rare hybrids, and neat species coming from my friends Geoff and Andrea at Exotica Plants! I have been hustling hard in the greenhouse to prepare for the incoming Nepenthes sunami! I’m bursting at the seams!!! For those of you who don’t know who Exotica Plants is, they are the worlds leading Nepenthes hybridizers and all of their plants are seed grown and top quality! Pretty much the gods of the Nepenthes world! Getting their plants is like christmas times a billion, some of you know exactly what Im talking about! I’ve always been obsessed with staring at their mouth drooling images of giant pitchers big enough to eat mice! Expectations to live up to I guess! Enough bragging about them, but they are like Beyonce to me…. God I love them! Im so thankful for all of this! Enough said:)
Domonick Gravine at Redleaf Exotics