Posted by Tom Broome on 9/1/2010, 2:31 pm, in reply to "Re: Multipinnata"
: Yes, I have bought from toby in the
: past and have had overall good
: results. Panzhia seeds very good
: germ. over 90%, same with petrea.
: Deb's i got 50%, but was still
: satisfied. I know there always a
: risk in buying anything, seed or
: plant. It still hurts when you get
: stuck with bad seed. Or mislabelled
: seed. I have to ask myself what am
: I gonna do if those multi seeds are
: indeed mystery plants. The more I
: look at them, the more I think they
: don't resemble multi's in the
: slightest. It' like having a child
: that's not yours.
: But, if I may vent and waste some
: space, (sorry), nothing hurts more
: than getting stuck with three bags
: of 100% rotten microcycas seed from
: this years auction. OUCH. I
: complained to them, they did
: Anyways, I feel safer buying some
: seeds from you for several reasons.
: You are not a broker. You grow your
: own seed, so you know what it is.
: And you know what your doing,
: probably 1,000 times smarter than me
: with my baggies of rotten seeds...
: Drop me an e-mail when those debs
: are ready. Can't have too many
: debs. I love their look, and they
: are the only tropical looking cycad
: that can handle a frost.
I know what you mean on everything you said. I REALLY know what you mean regarding the microcycas. Just remember, the auction is not a direct link to the botanical gardens that produce those seeds. It is the FNGLA people who have a paid share in the seed distribution and that is what they auction. The BG people will tell you about this but they don't. If you have followed microcycas distribution over the last 8 years, about 3 to 6 years ago, nobody saw any seeds. The reason for that is that they have a fungus down there that gets into those seeds while they are in the cones. If you opened up a couple of those seeds you would have seen some black stuff in the middle of the seed, even when you saw an embryo. I had talked to a person down there a couple of weeks before the auction and was told that they guessed those seeds had a 10% viability at best. When I saw the prices people were bidding, I felt bad for them, but it is not my place to get in the middle of those people's business.