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Re: Help with H. americana!

oh Lordy- I am going to probably make this worse- but

Part of the problem was I was thought I was talking to
him off list- but somehow it got back to on

I have known Chris for a long time- longer than some
of you, and mostly off lists. What I DO know, is he is
an excellent plantsman- he know plants- in every
aspect. He is the person I went to when I had issues!
He researches everything- to the point of being
riduclas- which is good, but...that makes him all the
better in his new quest.

There is NO doubt in my mind that he will offer
quality plants or hold them back if they are not up to
his standards, which are pretty darn high - higher
than my own. 

I was attempting to explain some marketing and issues
I had been through and what worked. We made a lot of
mistakes in the beginning- just trying to get him past
those without having to go thru it. Kitty, I am sure
that you could also offer advice in that respect (as
well as some others here, but since we are not in the
trade business, we can offer that more readily). Of
course, you do it with more tact instead of my usual
just blurting it out.

And to sum it up- why do you think I keep asking when
the catalog will be on line- I am planning on getting
a couple things ..... and if I truely believed that
something was wrong with his plan, I wouldn't be doing


--- Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:

> 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.
> Kitty
> 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.
> >
> > Chris
> >
> >
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