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Organization: Silver Krome Gardens, Inc.
Santa leopoldiana could not ever be a mass produced plant for K-Mart or
Home Depot gardens centers. It would cost too much and it has value only
as a collectible to someone who knows plants. If it were to be done(If
it could be done)it would probably be very slow to grow in bottles and
slow to grow in pots and at best be limited to 1000 or less units of
production. No real production nursery would even want this slow-slow,
spindly ugly duckling of a Phily. There is no way to justify the bench
space being tied up for so long.
But of course that's not stopped me from filling up 4 (6 x 92 foot)
benches with collectible stuff (some of dubious quality) for
breeding/propagation purposes. I'd do it just to say we tried if we can
find a lab to take on the project.
Denis at Silver Krome Gardens,
Floral Artistry wrote:
> While I do not have this prized plant, I would like to put my input here.
> First, plants that are endangered are because of either human ignorance or
> greed. Second, if a plant can be tissue cultured, why not? Third, if I were
> to spend $600. on a plant, I would like to be able to increase it's numbers
> so as to protect my investment. And the best way to do this is tissue
> culture. We have the modern technology to save nearly everything on the
> planet (I said nearly).
> Tissue culture is the best way to ensure species perpetuation. I don't agree
> that $600. after tissue culture become $5.00 K-Mart plants. That is also
> pure ignorance. If a rare and endangered plant can be propagated in tissue
> culture, then the people propagating should have enough sense to know the
> value of the product. With TC, the plants can be offered for a fair market
> value, $150.00 -$200.00 and still be a very desirable plant.
> I have several plants that are in dire need of tissue culture; if there are
> any peoples out there who have a reputable and honest lab, let me know. I
> will contact them. But, once these plants are cultured, I'm not going to
> knock them out for $5.00 a pop. They will be greatly reduced in price but
> the market value is still there.
> And if you have a plant that is as desirable as the one we are speaking and
> you donate a plant for TC, then you should be entitled to a portion of the
> proceeds. That is only fair. I would demand the same if I were to give up my
> John Ingram