This is the official blog of the Texas Triffid Ranch, a very small carnivorous plant gallery headquartered in the Dallas, Texas area. As for everything else, well, that’s why this is here, isn’t it?
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a triffid?
Enough people have asked this that merely referring them to the basic explanation isn’t enough. For people on the western shore of the Atlantic, the term is a reference from John Wyndham’s classic novel The Day of the Triffids. For those on the eastern shore, it’s a very popular joke on a par with waving plumber’s helpers in the air and screaming “EX-TER-MI-NATE!”
And before anyone asks, no, the Triffid Ranch doesn’t actually sell triffids. We also don’t offer Audrey IIs, vargas, Krynoids, Vervoids, Delvians, Vegetons, Whomping Willows, or Slaver sunflowers. More’s the pity. I plan to have Pink Bunkadoo seeds available next year, though. Check back on February 30.
Can I come out to see your plants?
For various reasons, mostly involving a day job and possible legal liability, the main Triffid Ranch growing area is closed to the public. However, plants are available for viewing at local shows, lectures, and events, many times for free. In addition, the gallery space is open by appointment. (For best results, appointments must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance.)
Do you ship?
Unfortunately, between shipping costs, customs issues, and the tender mercies of the US Post Office, the Triffid Ranch doesn’t offer shipping, as the cost of shipping would greatly exceed the cost of the plant enclosure. That said, delivery within the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area is a cheerful option, and commissions can be delivered and constructed on the site for those outside of Texas. Just ask.
I want to buy a carnivorous plant to control mosquitoes/flies/fleas/roaches/bedbugs in my house. What do you recommend?
Unfortunately, while carnivorous plants have the ability to attract, capture, and digest insect and other animal prey, they aren’t an option for control. If they worked that well, Florida would be a drastically different place. Because of light and humidity requirements, most can’t be treated like standard houseplants, and while they might catch a few insects, they usually won’t catch enough to break the insects’ life cycle.