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  Amorphophallus ebay
From: honeybunny442 at yahoo.com (Susan B) on 2008.06.03 at 07:04:29(17715)
Well, I have to open my big mouth and defend the listings of Amorphophallus as rare.

While Amorphophallus may be common to us Aroidphiles, they aren't common to the average home gardener. If they were, Plant Delights wouldn't be getting the prices they ask (no offence, Tony), and we wouldn't be getting the "how do I grow" and "what do I do with" questions that we get here on Aroid-L. Probably wouldn't have much of a IAS, either, if they were all common as weeds.

If you look at the Aroid forums on GardenWeb or Daves' Garden, you'll see lots of beginners- people new to aroids. I answer Zantedeschia questions all the time, although the planting of bulbs seems much easier to me than regular flowers or shrubs. However, I'm sure there's an argument that a plant being new to someone does not classify it as rare! I'm learning about Canna's, never grew them before, but they certainly aren't rare as a group, although some varieties may be...

People always seem to buy first and find information about the plant second. Those of you that help out on the forums know what I mean. Brian Williams and LariAnn are always answering questions. I often wonder why people buy expensive plants and then try to find out about them, or blame the seller when they kill the plant through miss-care. Often they don't even listen to advice but try to push growth through a dormant phase. Oh, just don't even get me started! Look at Erin, here- has bought many titanums and other Amorphs and then asks for growing advice- no offense Erin, at least you ask for help!

Back to the "RARE" Aroids, it's true- I've never seen a Amorph listed on AU-ebay that isn't rare- and they're usually bulbifer or konjac, or listed as riverii, which sounds new and different (snort). HOWEVER- when I'm in the mood for a new type of plant, I often do a search for "rare" in the plant section of ebay, and while a great deal of the selections are laughable, occasionally I do find something interesting that I want to learn more about.
So, it really doesn't bother me when an Aroid is labeled rare.

Then again, I'm just an opinionated old lady!
Susan

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From: ironious2 at yahoo.com (E Morano) on 2008.06.03 at 14:26:03(17722)
Im currently in the process of collecting with the purpose of selling amorph's on ebay. Ive been selling a lot of titans and will continue to do so until nobody wants them anymore. I have access to nearly 4000 of them. The fella Im getting them from cant seem to sell any. I think he's running to big of an operation to be able to list each plant bulb individually I honestly dont know. But so far the titans are selling like hotcakes. Oh yeah, I promise never to list a plant as rare. I prefer to let the collectors who really know what's what make that decision. I dont need hype to sell these. Its a nitch market. I just wish I could find a better source for care instructions. Speaking of rare, someone is selling ANTHURIUM WENDLINGERI. I wouldnt mind having that but I read that its a difficult plant.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item0223598945&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih7

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From: sprekelia1 at yahoo.com.au (Pam) on 2008.06.03 at 15:29:26(17723)
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From: mossytrail at hctc.com (mossytrail) on 2008.06.04 at 16:55:25(17744)
> While Amorphophallus may be common to us Aroidphiles, they
> aren't common to the average home gardener.? If they
> were, Plant Delights wouldn't be getting the prices they
> ask (no offence, Tony), and we wouldn't be getting the
> "how do I grow" and "what do I do with" questions that we
> get here on Aroid-L.? Probably wouldn't have much of
> a IAS, either, if they were all common as weeds.
>
That's a good point. On Aroid-L, Amorphophallus looks like
the most common aroid genus in cultivation, if we were to
judge by the number of posts we get about it relative to
other genera. No offense, but the sheer number of Amorph
posts I see here has caused me to become completely
uninterested in the genus. Unless of course I can find A.
smithsonianus :)

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From: honeybunny442 at yahoo.com (Susan B) on 2008.06.05 at 14:36:16(17758)
As usual, a good post, Jason.

However, my vanilla orchid that gets watered about every 2 weeks would be surprised to hear it's supposed to be misted every day.

Then again I'll bet it was surprised when my dog knocked over a tree on top of it and then ripped it out of it's pot.
susan

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From: Steve at ExoticRainforest.com (ExoticRainforest) on 2008.06.05 at 20:54:33(17767)
Susan, we water all of our orchids, including a vanilla orchid, twice a day! All 150 plus of them!

Steve Lucas

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