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Re: Question for mail order folks

Have to disagree, Gene. On the whole, container size does, indeed, say something about the plant--just as the number of beds in a hospital says something about the survival rate of operation patients. Not perfect, granted, but better than "trust me" guarantees.

And, to a great extent, plants are widgets. There is nothing mysterious about growing then from a start, a cutting, or a seed; some nurseries do it better than others; some can't do it at all from some kinds of material or some kinds of plants--it depends on a lot of things that are more science than hocus-pocus.

On Dec 27, 2006, at 7:25 PM, Cathy Carpenter wrote:

Like many have said, the most important consideration is -- reputable

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Dec 23, 2006, at 5:32 AM, Gene Bush wrote:

As it just so happens, there is a law already on the books.
   Just has not been enforced or paid attention to up until the
past couple of years or so. If you pick up a container at one of
the big box stores you will see the container size listed on the
side of the pot with in both oz, quarts, etc *and* ml. Also source
and address with name of plant. For the past two years I have
listed this information in the front of my catalog. Each
description now has container size A or B after you look up the
size description in the ordering information section.
   For all the good intentions and standardizing that is going on,
it don't mean a thing, folks. Just tells you about the container,
not the contents. You still have to be an informed consumer, do
your homework. A plant can mature and bloom at 3 inches... can sell
it to you in any size pot I want to put it in..... or.. everyone
has picked up a trade gallon with a plug in the middle that has not
been gown on before putting it out for sale....
   plants are not standardized widgets pulled from a shelf after
manufacture.... they are living, growing, changing...... there is a
lot of trust built into the plant market far outside the price of a
   Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana

----- Original Message ----- From: <Cornergar@aol.com>
call them 10-inch pots, not 1-gallon
Jim, I'm not sure you would get customer acceptance stating this
Perhaps an explanation at the beginning of the catalog...something
on the order
of "gal means "trade gallon" which holds 3 qts." But nobody does
this. Maybe
it's time they did. Kathy

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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