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Re: Pseudonyms & labels

From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>


You must order from reputable iris growers to get good plants and correctly
labelled ones.  As you have pointed out, the trouble caused by buying
mislabelled and mistreated plants from local mass outlets and shysters like
Spring Hill far exceeds any small saving from their supposedly lower prices.

Schreiners' is considered by many the biggest and most reliable iris
grower, with  at least a dozen other firms (Cooley's, Maryott,
Superstition, Suttons, Roris, Nicholls, Long's, Friendship, Iris Gallery,
Chuck Chapman, etc., etc.) of equal quality.

I would strongly advise you to join AIS if you have not already, and simply
request a lot of catalogs from the ads section at the back of every
bulletin.  You will find that many of the smaller growers (who exercise
care in serving their customers equal in many cases to the big guys) offer
rhizomes of older but good varieties for even less than WalMart and the
rip-off artists.

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

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