How We Started
Darren discovered his passion for carnivorous plants through his science textbook in 2008 when he was in primary 3. The colourful vibrant nature of the pitcher plants and their amazing hunting abilities triggered the interest within him.
Exotic plants are known for their needs of extremely low temperature requirements. Faced with continuous failures in trying to keep cold temperate plants alive in tropical climate countries like Singapore was by no means an easy task. The continuous steak of failure started to shed some light in 2013 when Darren chanced upon biotechnology – plant tissue culture.
A spark went off, igniting his curiosity in plant tissue regeneration in carnivorous plants. Curiosity exploded inside Darren triggering waves of excitement, interest and actions which led him starting his own laboratory from his residence, marking the start of his journey. Faced with mounting challenges and limited funds, four years later, all the efforts are starting to show results.
Struggling through O-Levels, with A-Levels in view, challenges grew by the day even in his home laboratory. Failure was not an option as it would mean complete restart from zero with plant samples dying inside the lab. In 2016, a group was formed, known as SG Bred Venus Fly Traps, consisting of members who share the same vision as Darren. Reports from members around Singapore accelerated the progress of data collection consisting of plants’ health along with the range of growing conditions within Singapore. With the support from family and school teachers from Presbyterian High School and Anderson Junior College, he persisted.
What started in the lab was now in the hands of his many members as they trade the locally nurtured Tissue-Cultured Carnivorous Plants. With the high success rate of the plants from the lab, what was once an exotic, high maintenance plant soon grew into a highly adaptive and low maintenance. A plant that is easily kept by anyone soon found its way into the hands of many around Singapore. What was once a small group of like-minded individuals with an interest in carnivorous plants has now become a community and since renamed as SGVenusFlyTrap.
Venus Flytrap Plant Tissue Culture
From Home Laboratory To Garden
Step 6: New shoots from previous culture are cleaned and replated on fresh medium