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Re: New member

> We are also looking at the possibility of getting plant health certification
> for sending irises to the US and Canada. This is expensive, and we're not
> sure how much demand there would be (air freight charges are likely to be
> high) - so I would like to hear from anyone who is interested in getting
> bearded iris plants from Europe.

The US market is quite huge, but you're right -- plant health cert is
expensive.  Most if not all of the big UK companies who ship to the US
ship seeds -- eg. T&M, Chilterns, etc.

You'd have to look at cost-effectiveness:  older TB cultivars sell here
for $3-6, newer ones depend ... but after a few years drop down below
the $10 range.  I wouldn't think shipping bearded would be difficult as
they can dry out considerably and in fact *should* dry out some before

I would say get the catalogs from Cooleys, Schreiners, etc. to see if
you could compete in the "mass market."  Otherwise, you'd have a big
advantage if you offer rarer cultivars, especially anything from Europe.
The only non-US iris we see a lot of here comes from Australia.

Amy Moseley Rupp
amyr@austx.tandem.com, Austin, TX, zone 8b
*or* amyr@mpd.tandem.com
Jill O. *Trades, Mistress O. {}

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