About Me

I have been involved with growing and cultivating Carnivorous Plants for over four decades.  I have served as President, Vice President and webmaster of the International Carnivorous Plant Society.  I have been featured on HGTV’s Calling All Gardeners, and have been interviewed by a New Zealand radio show and the Toronto Star regarding my involvement with Carnivorous Plants.

Over the years, I have spent many hours in the field studying and photographing Carnivorous Plants. I’ve had my Carnivorous Plant photography featured in Canadian Gardening magazine, as well as on retail packaging and a number books on Carnivorous Plants.

I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada with my wife and two daughters and work as a high school teacher.

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19 Responses to About Me

  1. samuel says:

    hi i live in niagara falls to and have a big intrest in carnivorous plants any ways do u sell

  2. nevermore says:

    Looks like you got a nice collection going into winter. So what’s the plans for overwintering? (i thought you had it posted somewhere.. but i can’t find it). I have an outdoor bog here in southern ohio and thinking of ways to try the overwinter.

  3. nevermore says:

    thanks. Looking forward to seeing the process from the fall side of things.

    (I found the old posts too with the pine needles)

  4. Jonathan Mejia says:

    Hello,

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog, and reading about fixing up your backyard this past year.

    I wanted to let you know that I set up a very unique forum for people who love Sarracenia. Here is the link: http://sarracenia.proboards.com/index.cgi
    I thought you might be interested in joining. Currently there are only a few people, but it gets more interesting every day.

  5. Xavier Arino says:

    Hello Carl

    I live in Mexico and a few years ago I bought some seeds from you. After moving around the country I’m finally settling and would like to start again with my favourite hobby, that is CPs of course.

    Do you still sell seeds? I’m glad I found you after looking for Cherryhill for a long time and Niagara Carnivores after that…

    Regards,

    Xavier

  6. ihigallery says:

    Just wanted to say I have been thinking of you lately. I hope things are well.

  7. Kinjie coe says:

    Carl I love the information and life experiences you share on this blog And I really glad I found it!

  8. Cheryl says:

    I grow plants in zone 7 (mostly acts as zone 8) in TX. So far so good but I want to make some bog areas and take my plants out of their pots. Can I ask what you are using in your Sar. bogs as a mulch? Is it pine needles? I have been using LFSM as it holds more moisture in the hot summers here. How do you think small bog areas with nothing but LFSM would work?
    C

    • Carl Mazur says:

      I only mulch my plants in the winter to give them protection from the cold… and yes, I use pine needles. I really wouldn’t worry about mulching your plants in your zone as you’re pretty much in the same zone as they naturally occur. As for moisture, you can buy these little pellets called terra sorb or something like that. It absorbs tons of water. You can mix that in your soil… works wonders! Either that or more frequent watering… especially if the bogs are smaller.

  9. Abigail says:

    Hi there,

    I am zone 4b in Wasaga Beach ON. Is there anything you would recommend I could grow here? I would love to use Sarracenia in my floral designs, however I worry that the ones available for purchase at a wholesaler may not be harvested ethically. I know that if they are over harvested, pitchers die off leading to extinction in natural habitats in some areas on our planet.
    You were recommended to my by a fellow in US whom I follow on Instagram and also on FB The pitcher plant project.
    Any advice you have to offer would be hugely appreciated. Thank you for your time,
    Abigail

    • Carl Mazur says:

      Hi Abigail,

      Wow, I appreciate your sensitivity to “ethical harvesting”. I’m going to suggest to you that many of the Sarracenia leaves are harvested ethically while many are not! Its really hard to know. As for plants you could grow there… well… given the winter from hell we had here, you could probably grow pretty much any Sarracenia as long you protect them in the winter. There was a gent named Fred Case, a botanist who did lots of work with Sarracenia who grew his entire collection outdoors in Saginaw Michigan. I’m sure that’s pretty comparable to your area.

  10. Tom R. says:

    Just found your blog! I live in the Hudson Valley of N.Y. Bad winter here too, all my CPs go in the fridge for winter, if not they wouldn’t survive here. Nice blog!

    • Carl Mazur says:

      Hey Tom,

      I know another grower in your neck of the woods who grows outdoors… no problem. Look for the a post from April or May of this year… it shows his setup.

  11. Elena says:

    Your blog is a real find for me! This is a very interesting experience. I’m from Russia (Krasnodar), and I do not know English, I can`t understand all, I`m beginners, and I have few plants (the most common industrial hybrids from the supermarket), but I am very interested to read your blog. My plants have spent this winter in a container covered with pine needles outdoor (what do you think whose it was the Council) 🙂 Thank you for this blog!

    • Carl Mazur says:

      Elena… I’m glad you found my blog and I hope you find a lot of good information here. Good luck with your plants this year.

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