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[IGSROBIN] Information Needed

Hello Robiners,

I have a commercial friend in Western Australia who has asked me to try and
obtain some info. for him.   He is also looking for somebody who will
either exchange or sell him some seed of Miniature or Dwarf  Pelargoniums.
Info requested:
Are there any significant growers/hybridizers of 1) Paint Box series 2)
Rosebud flowered Ivy 'Geraniums' 3)Dwarf Zonals  a)Gold Leaf types b) Paint
Box types
We hear of the huge market for Pelargoniums (incl so-called Geraniums) in
the USA,
what types are usually sold?? Are they Regals or Zonals? Are they named
varieties or bulked commercial types such as PAC or Fischers ??  Is there
any unsatisfied demand for the less common types of colored leaf,
miniature, deacon types, hybrid ivies or is the current demand adequately
met by current specialists such as Faye Brawner .
Are you experiencing the same situation in the US as we are where named
varieties are becoming not cost effective and therefore are being abandoned
by commercial growers in favour of the so-called bulk consumer/supermarket
types where there is an easier $ to be made???
I am concerned about the direction of modern society in the plant world and
although efforts are being made in some quarters to preserve species and
cultivars of significance there is little encouragement for hybridizers to
delve into the unknown and certainly they are a dying race in my Country,
how about yours?
Geraniaceae is all around the World

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