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  wow! Philodendron / seeds
From: "A.Olivier" a.j.olivier at pl.hanze.nl> on 1999.12.15 at 07:02:16(3956)
Hello Brian,

I saw the picture of that beautiful Philodendron who's URL you send us, a
real beauty!

Have you been able to find its name ? I am looking for large leaved plants
of the genus philodendron and Alocasia, so your picture had my special
attention. If you will please email me the name of that plant and if you
know of any other large leaved Philo's please send me their names as well
(and any URL's you may have..) Thanks!

Can I ask you what this seed ordering thing is about? Are you going to order
from a supplier who has seeds of large leaved philo's or are you just going
for the 'normal' plants?

Please keep me posted..

Thank you! anne

Anne Olivier

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From: Pugturd at aol.com on 1999.12.16 at 08:27:08(3957)
Hello this is Brian Williams. The philodendron you saw was philodendron
speciosum. It is a plant on the list of seeds from the company I am trying to
order from. The company will only sell a thousand of each seed and for all of
them it coast around 700 to 800 dollars. I wanted to split the bill and the
seeds with some people. But I heard that the company is not the best. I will
be satisfied with getting a few out of all the seeds to germinate. I just
don't want anyone getting mad at me if their seeds don't do good. Most of the
seeds are large leaf philodendrons. I also have a few growing in the
greenhouse. Maybe in the spring or summer we can trade some aroids. I love
the aquatics and large leaf ones. THANKS hope to hear form you.
HO! If you like plants with large leafs the new Hawaii nursery on IAS has an
Anthurium that leafs reach 10 to 20 feet in nature.

From: Neil Crafter golfstra at senet.com.au> on 1999.12.17 at 08:18:51(3966)
Hi Brian and all others considering a seed purchase from Alvim Seidel. A couple
of years ago, Todd Ruth of San Francisco and myself organised a similar seed
purchase through this list. In the end I think we had around 15 or so
participants. We did a deal with them to allow us to purchase smaller quantities
of seed than the 1000 minimum (100 From memory). Todd did the distribution and
collected the funds. I got seeds from around 6 or 8 different Philodendrons (I am
a Philodendron grower) and only had 1 specie germinate and now have 2 plants
surviving and growing well. Was it worth it? Perhaps my 2 plants worked out quite
expensive at around $20 each but I am now the proud parent of a plant that I
would probably otherwise not have been able to obtain in Australia (we have
extremely strict quarantine laws for the importation of live plant material, but
they are more lenient on seeds) The viability of Philo seed is clearly an issue
and there is no doubt that its best when fresh and I dont know if Alvim Seidel
can guarantee that freshness. I might be interested in trying again. If people go
into this with their eyes open and with the knowledge that it is likely that a
high percentage of the seed may not be viable, then why not! Its fun trying to
raise Philo seedlings and you never know, you may end up with a plant or two that
you might not have been able to get by other means. Brian you may wish to email
me direct to talk further about this if you wish.
regards Neil

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From: hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 1999.12.20 at 07:56:57(3969)
>If people go
>into this with their eyes open and with the knowledge that it is likely that a
>high percentage of the seed may not be viable, then why not! Its fun trying to
>raise Philo seedlings and you never know, you may end up with a plant or
>two that
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