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Re: New Lowe's

Speaking of size of plants/containers, I suppose I'm weird, but one  
of the reasons I buy mail order is that I usually WANT smaller  
plants. I find that smaller ones sometimes make the transition to my  
garden quicker and they are easier to fit into an awkward space (like  
between tree roots or next to a drainage pipe - where I can't dig a  
big hole, but once planted, the roots can make their own space.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 21, 2005, at 1:21 PM, Gene Bush wrote:

> Hello Kitty,
>    The reason for the original lawsuit I would guess was a  
> situation similar to yours here. Someone was trying to determine  
> what they were getting for their money.
>    I quit dealing with a wholesaler who actually made delivery by  
> truck to my nursery. Wonderful convenience.... but  I was  
> purchasing 5 pint size and getting a plug in the middle of a sea of  
> soil..... I can do that cheaper here on my own. I was supposed to  
> be purchasing plants ready for display and sale.
> There are times when size of container and the plant inside the  
> container do not always match up... we think it will, but sometimes  
> it does not. Plants are live.. hopefully when you purchase them...  
> and not widgets coming off an assembly line. There will always be  
> variation in size.
>    Sometimes plants are simply small in size and do not need a  
> large container. Maybe they will mature just fine.. or better.. in  
> a pint container... so why use the space, medium, larger pots when  
> a smaller one will do?? Because customers will not pay more for a  
> pint than a gallon no matter what is in the container.
>    I have container size listed at the top of the plant listing on  
> my web site... get questions on plant size shipped, so now I am  
> trying to include it in every description.. takes up space on the  
> site and in the hard copy catalog... more expense for everyone,  
> but ..... no one wants to look at the "read this before ordering  
> section".
> Humans do have a hard time communicating.... try being on this end  
> of the business for a while is you do not believe me. Everything I  
> write is interrupted 40 different ways than what I wrote... that I  
> never would have thought of....
>    Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National  
> Hearing Center" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>
>> Gene, I do have some actual 4 inch pots - actual in my estimation  
>> as they
>> measure a full 4 inches square inside at the top, but then taper a  
>> bit to
>> the bottom where it's probably 3.5 in square; depth is about 4  
>> inches.
>> (hmmmm maybe they were sold as 5 inch?) 4 inch rounds were always  
>> supposed
>> to be 4 inch diameter but some I have aren't barely 3 in diameter,  
>> but maybe
>> 4 in deep.  It's all a crapshoot and only makes a difference to me  
>> when I
>> place an order so I have some idea of what I'm getting.
>> I have ordered plants listed in catalogues as coming "from  
>> gallons".  They
>> are taken from the pot, some soil removed and wrapped.  Saves on  
>> shipping
>> and is fine by me.  They always appear to have been growing in the  
>> gallon
>> for some time.  But last year I purchased from someone new to me  
>> and their
>> "from gallon"  was a 2 or 3 inch size that would be grown on in a  
>> gallon. I
>> think that is deceptive as it is not what I have received from  
>> reputable
>> nurseries in various parts of the US listed that way.  They should  
>> have been
>> listed "TO gallon" if they wanted to use the 'gallon' word.
>> Catalogues, paper and online, should be upfront with their  
>> sizing.  I have
>> gone through several without being able to tell if the plants are  
>> 2 inch,
>> gallon or even bareroot.  I resent having to call and ask because  
>> I cannot
>> find the info.  ("Oh, sorry, it's those bottom 2 lines on page  
>> 18"- really,
>> someone told me that!)  I am not concerned about the difference  
>> between 3.5
>> inch and 4 inch or trade gallon and gallon.  But you have to tell me
>> something.
>> On site purchases are different.  Listed size shouldn't matter.   
>> Even a blind person can feel the size of the container.
>> The customers can look at it and determine for themselves if it is  
>> worth the
>> price.
>> Kitty
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