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  X. violacium.
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.03.08 at 14:51:15(4187)
Dear Les,

Noted your posting yesterday on the price of the rhizomes of X. violacium
that you bought at somewhere over $3.00/lb. Today I had cause to buy some
to send to a friend, and at my Jamaican 'contact' grocery they were going
for $1.10/lb., I bought three for .99 cents, and he said he was sorry that
they were so expensive!!!
Just thought I`d share this with a friend so that you can eat your heart
out!!!

Good growing and cheers,

Julius Boos

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From: Lester Kallus lkallus at earthlink.net> on 2000.03.09 at 16:36:37(4195)
I suspect that financial difference doesn't stop at groceries. Check our
restaurants, grocery stores and nurseries and you'll find everything
obscenely expensive up here. Remember a discussion a while back? I pay
$3.50 to $4.00 for one pistia whereas you're throwing hundreds onto a
compost pile.

So I'm not surprised - still at $3.50 a pound or $1.10 a pound, those
xanthosomas are a fine bargain.
Les

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.03.10 at 19:38:57(4205)
Dear Les,

You are correct about that!! The people I do landscaping for at P.B. Polo
often comment on how reasonable the plant prices are here in Florida
compared to 'up North', then these same people will complain about paying
$10.00 for a 3 gal. established and flowering plant, installed with slow
release fertilizer!!!
I urge members to search out ethnic groceries in their neighborhoods and
towns, I often find Aroid and other 'treasures' in the Vietnamese, Indian
and Jamaican ones here in W.P.B., both for the palette and garden. I
recently paid just a couple bucks for a LARGE tuber of Amorphophallus
paeoniifolius out of a carton of others being sold as food at 'my' local
Indian Grocery!!!!!!!!!
Good growing,

Cheers,

Julius

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