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Re: Mail Order Nurseries

Well, Jim, as others have said; depends a lot on where you are and
what plants you're interested in.  I've ordered plants via mail for
30 years because I wanted something I couldn't otherwise get.  Yes,
if you can find what you want locally in a nice large pot, you're
ahead of the game, but even around here, where more and more is
becoming available, the really choice and rare stuff is only going to
be found via mail.

IMO we need to support our mailorder nurseries.  Many of them are the
last remnants of true nurseries where they propagate and grow the
plants they sell.  Most garden centers and large local nurseries
around here buy in their plants; don't grow a thing; never propagate
at all.  The people selling don't know much about plants, even the
ones they're selling.  The knowledge and years of hands on experience
in growing and propagating rare and difficult or unusual plants rest
with our *good* mailorder nurseries.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: james singer <jsinger@igc.org>
> I never got much beyond the seed-buying stage with mail order
houses. I 
> can't imagine buying bedding plants from them when the chains [Home

> Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart] have them before one could receive them via

> mail.
> Rather, I've spent many, many hours roaming the countryside
> for local [or nearly local] retail outlets and garden club pant
> I don't know why exactly. I just guess that I feel better if I can
> the real item before I buy it. Also, I've found that one can 
> occasionally find genuine buys at small, out of the way nurseries.
> The first ground orchids we bought, for example, were in 1-gallon
> from the back bench of a nursery in West Palm Beach. The pots were 
> definitely overgrown--maybe 10 or 15 plants per pot--and the price
> right [less than $5.00]. They were also blooming, so we knew what 
> colors we were getting.
> I know this is not always practical in northern places. And it's 
> certainly not practical if you are interested in bulbs other than 
> daffodils, grape hyacinths, and tulips. But it works for most
> that are well-suited to the climate.
> I read the negative comments about TyTy and was struck more by the 
> naivete of the buyers than by the apparent veniality of the seller.
> can't imagine buying a palm, even a trash palm like Sabal palmetto 
> [state tree of Florida and South Carolina], mail order. Just
> compute.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
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