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[APD] Update on rare Crypts
We wanted to let those interested know.
The last recent import of rare Crypts, we received only 9 plants. Two we
placed in our lab to attempt TC, the others were sold at around $65 each.
Notwithstanding this horrible price, we lost money. The cost of the entry
alone to clear customs and Agriculture inspections is just over $300 and
then we have to fly them here, pay for the plants, and Phytosanitary
certificate, also shipping to the USA etc etc.
The last time when we brought some other are species, we did get around 35
or so plants, but also failed to break even
This has made us think hard about how to bring some of the rarer Crypts to
the market place
We have managed through contacts to find a young University graduate, who
will go out to specified locations and try to find named species for us. In
order to do this, we must pay him a good wage, air fares, and car hire,
permitting expenses, living expenses also probably some local guide etc etc.
However if we collect sufficient quantities, then the price will come down
to an affordable price, ( though never to the cost of readily grown species
like wendtii etc). We believe we could get it down to say $8-$12 a plant.
As it is obvious for many reasons we cannot send him to all of S.E. Asia,
we need to concentrate on those plants, that many of you would like, and
such plants as have a good chance of success when you buy them, as quite a
few are very difficult to keep.
With this in mind we have prepared an fairly extensive PDF file giving a
good amount of information on each species, and a photo of most of them.
This PDF is available on request free of charge, only condition is we put
you on our mailing list ( many of you are on it already).
Hopefully we will get sufficient feedback, as to which couple of species
would be of most interest to send our putative collector to search for.
I look forward to hearing from those of you who are interested in these plants
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