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The early bird gets the worm-------

Posted by orchidnick z9Ca ( on
Thu, May 26, 11 at 15:58

Late on Tuesday I received a message that a cold grower (hobbyist, not commercial) with a large collection, needs to drastically reduce it for some reason. I had things planned the next day which I immediately canceled, got up at 4AM the next day, watered and headed out. 7 hours later I was like a kid at 'Toys Are Us' looking at three hundred plants or more. I was not the first one, someone got there first and hauled off a bunch of Pleurothallids and Lepanthes. What I saw was a group of nice healthy plants of different sizes at 1/3 the going price or less. Many were $3 to $5, most of the larger ones around $10.

The early bird may get the worm but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese, I guess I was the second mouse. I started loading up and as I was nearly finished someone showed up, who in a heartbeat, grabbed more than she could carry followed by someone else. I heard that several people had made appointments for Saturday, don't know how much will be left by then.

This morning I cataloged the bounty:

44 Masdevallias
10 Draculas (5 large flowered ones)
5 Pleurothallids
1 Restrepia
1 Porro
1 Dryadalla
1 Dendrobium (cold growing)

Even though it cost $100 for gas and I spent countless hours driving, I consider myself lucky and am very happy with the result. There is a big hole in my pocket and if someone wants to absorb some of the pain, many of the plants are divisible and in the feeding frenzy, I am guilty of a couple of duplications. Contact me directly for either a trade or whatever if there is interest. All are cold-growers, no give there.

When an opportunity like that arrives, it's imperative to GET THERE QUICKLY!


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RE: The early bird gets the worm-------

A great group of plants, Nick, worth the trip I am sure. And do we really count gasoline cost when there is a bargain to be had.

None of your excess plants would make it in my greenhouse. My low temperature is near their high temperature.

RE: The early bird gets the worm-------

Great story and something that I too would totally do. Despite our varied tastes and opinions, all of us growers share an eclectic burning interest in our plants, and that's really pretty darn awesome.

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