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Re: new introductions

  • Subject: Re: new introductions
  • From: michael shelton <wilddog_202@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 15:37:21 -0700 (PDT)

Butch says; to Andrew Lietzow 

I suggest that you did not pay 50-100 for your Tattoo
and that what you did pay does not give you the right
to question the garden worthiness of the plant. Now if
you paid the introduction price and had a division of
the original plant then you may have a gripe. I'm not
even sure about that because when I first saw Tattoo
in Atlanta is was so cute that I wanted it then not
later but Tony kept it off the market for a while. So
I choose to believe that you paid a small amount for a
TC plant which vary greatly in their vigor, etc. BTW,
I've had plants in TC where I got 100% of the
production and they are relatively inexpensive that
way but they are not perfect. So, you got one that
wasn't perfect, does that justify publishing to a wide
audiance the problems that you had. Get over your
self-righteous self.
> I suppose this is what Ran and Dan are saying, yet
> they do so succintly.  My take, however, is, "IF you
> have something unique, get it out there to the
> collectors and investigators.  We don't mind paying
> $50 or $100 for a plant that we later discover is a
> dud.  That's a risk we are willing to take to be at
> the bleeding edge.  But the originators, TC labs,
> wholesalers, and introducers need to take some
> responsibility to restrict distribution until the
> plant is tried and proven".  .  
> If it's going to be let loose in quantity from the
> TC labs, and is sold without a "caveat emptor"
> clause, that's where I think some standards need to
> be established.  Probably, this in the form of
> "stamp of approval", "seal of excellence" or a
> "Collector's Only" label from the Hosta Grower's
> Association.  The AHS should probably not perform
> this function.  I think it was talked about more at
> the grower level than the plant level, and didn't go
> over too well.   I invite comment.  
> With that said, now I'm going to surf on over to the
> Plant Delights website and see if Tony agrees with
> my assessment of 'Tattoo'.  Maybe he's still saying
> it's hardy because he hasn't personally killed it
> three times.  Maybe I'll post a follow-up, or maybe
> he'll jump on a jet to DSM to beat the stuffin' out
> of me.  I might not even be able to type... Lucky
> you.   
> Ciao, 
> Andrew 
> Get your own family web site at www.MyFamily.com!
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