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Re: Help with H. americana!

Donna, Chris had to get started somewhere/sometime. Some of the plants he just couldn't get until spring. Since his catalog hasn't actually debuted, he can simply decide not to offer something that doesn't meet his expectations for quality. In those cases, he CAN now grow them on for fall or 2007 sales. If this means he has a smaller offering on his first run, it's understandable for a first catalog and he'll have more to offer next time.

He's getting his plants in now. But the catalog isn't out there yet, so the plants aren't getting a quick turn getting reshipped all that quickly. He could be shipping in late April and in May. That's time for those plants to get stronger. It's spring and they have stored energy that will help them through stresses.

You make some valid points and I know you are doing so to help Chris. These are things he should be thinking about. I think though, that he'll have the time to assess which plants are of proper quality to offer now and pull those not up to par from his catalog before it goes out. He could also leave items like the Hepatica in with a "rubber stamp" on the page that says "Available in Fall" or "Available 2007". I've seen other catalogs do this. This makes an item that didn't meet expectations this year but too late to make catalog changes, look more like a preview of coming attractions than a failure.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Help with H. americana!

I wouldn't do that to the end user if I didn't know the answer already.
This source has all of their stuff grown on in pots for one season, then
overwintered in polyhouses from October through April.  I've seen their
material firsthand and have been very impressed and pleased with it.
One other quick comment.  Right now my goal is to build stock and have
saleable plants.  If I purchase larger ones, anything left over can
be used for propagation.

I don't plan on doing things this way forever, but I needed to for the
first year.  Ultimately I hope to start specializing more in unusual
woody plants -- I have tons of seeds waiting in the wings.


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