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Anthurium seeds discussion

Fellow Aroiders,

Many of you know I do a lot of aroid breeding, and have done so since 
the 1980s.  Thus I have learned a lot about the viability and proper 
care of seeds from Alocasia, Anthurium, Philodendron, Amorphophallus and 
Caladium over the years.   The most important thing I've learned is that 
many, if not all, of these seeds have short viabilities even under the 
best of conditions. Therefore I can state categorically that even if the 
seeds this person is selling are the real McCoy, the chances of any 
buyer receiving a shipment of viable seeds from this person are slim and 

Think about it mathematically; if the seeds originate in south Africa, 
they have to be harvested there then shipped to Turkey.  Assuming they 
are harvested fresh and IMMEDIATELY shipped, figure 5 to 10 days to 
Turkey!  Then, once in Turkey, this person puts the offer on eBay and 
there's another 5 or 6 days at least for bidding to proceed.  Next, once 
the bidding is complete, the buyer has to pay and the order has to ship, 
figure another 5 to 10 days before the buyer actually receives the seeds 
in question.  With aroid seeds, they will be lucky to get anything 
recognizable as a seed in their shipment, much less anything viable.

The pictures make it really tempting to try to get the seeds.  But I 
say, let the buyer REALLY beware on this one!  If anyone here decides to 
try getting some of them anyway, I'm sure a lot of aroiders would love 
to know how it turns out.

LariAnn Garner
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