In 2013, Ryan Georgia spent 2 months backpacking and hiking around Southeast Asia. While visiting Asia’s largest island Borneo, Ryan was fully immersed in the delicate habitat of Nepenthes, an ornate Carnivorous Plant genus commonly referred to as tropical pitcher plants.
During his time spent in Borneo, Ryan visited many locations for these rare carnivorous pitcher plants including Malaysia’s tallest peak Gunung Kinabalu where he saw Nepenthes lowii, Nepenthes rajah, Nepenthes villosa, Nepenthes edwardsiana, and Nepenthes burbidgeae in their natural habitats.
Nepenthes rajah – Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
Nepenthes villosa – Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
Nepenthes edwardsiana – Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
After returning to his home in New York, Ryan deliberately began building the beginnings of a carnivorous plant nursery. He first constructed a fully functional lab in a spare room to begin conducting tissue culture of Nepenthes, Drosera, Utricularia, and Venus Flytraps. Ryan purchased a parcel of land across the street and erected an industrial greenhouse for his growing collection of rare plants and house large imports from overseas carnivorous plant vendors like Borneo Exotics, Malesiana Tropicals, and Exotica Plants.
The Native Exotics Greenhouse after Snow Fall
Drosera Propogation in the Native Exotics Lab
In the summer of 2013 Native Exotics Nursery was born in Trumansburg, New York, USA. Trumansburg is a small town close to Ithaca in upstate New York about an hour and a half south of Rochester and two and a half hours west of Buffalo.
A year later in 2014, Mike Smith came aboard to assist Native Exotics with building out their Ecommerce platform and helping define the Native Exotics brand.
Owner Ryan Georgia posing with N. x kinabluensis on Mt. Kinabalu
Michael Kevin Smith posing with a weird-looking Nepenthes rajah on Mt. Tambuyukon
Over the next years Ryan began forging relationship with Carnivorous Plant vendors around the world, as well as focusing on propagation of rare Nepenthes and Utricularia in his laboratory.
To learn more about the Nursery, checkout this featured article in the UK Carnivorous Plant blog Tom’s Carnivores.
The Native Exotics Team
The Native Exotics core-team is small but growing
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Michael Kevin Smith
Chief Information Officer