Bulbs for India/ mom n pop / specialists

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Mon, 04 Dec 2006 07:18:10 PST
Dear all;
	I hate to add to the confusion originally spawned by Joe's 
inquiry about easy bulbs for India.

	No one will make money selling the same old stuff you can get 
from Holland for $ less. This flood of quality cheap products was at 
least partly responsible for the closure of thousands of mom-n-pop* 
nurseries across the country in the last few decades. This is also at 
least partly due to the rise of Wal Mart and mega garden centers, 
there's another topic here. I think it also due in part to the lack 
of 'skills' or insight by mom-n-pop

	The now fewer mom-n-pop nurseries are specialty nurseries, 
often offering regional specialties such as Telos and Pacific Rim 
Native Plants, other have pursued rarities such as Plant Delights and 
there are more models. And some have gone to plant specialties ( 
Seneca Hills and Cyclamen comes to mind)

	Any mom-n-pop contemplating a new nursery in India or the US 
has  lot to consider. Growing a rare and desirable variety of plants 
suited to your own growing conditions, culture and climate is of 
primary importance. I doubt anyone can make money growing common 
daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths anywhere. It is hopeless to 
start a cactus nursery in a cloud forest or a tropical garden in 
Alaska. And you must know what you grow.

	So here's my thoughts... why aren't there more new mom-n-pop 
nurseries that sell specialty plants really well? I think there is a 
demand for species Hippeastrum, but why isn't there a nursery devoted 
to these? Many South African bulbs have become readily available, but 
what about the South American bulbs? Isn't there a site in S. CA 
suited to growing a variety of sp well?

	And there's other plants/groups that come to mind- Worsleya, 
Lycoris, Peony species, Iris species.

	 Add to this the real danger of common plants getting black 
listed for entry to the us as 'invasive', but could be grown and sold 
here in the US from existing stocks. Joe mentioned Homeria collina as 
one example.

	I am inclined to say the basic reason is greed - too much 
work and not enough profit. But there used to be lots of folks 
willing to do this before.

	I don't know where this all going, but I do decry the lack of 
more specialty nurseries whether it is bulbs or shrubs or vines. 
Starting any business from scratch is a financial danger, but if you 
love the plants isn't that more than 1/2 the reasons?

	I'll stop blathering and thank the really brave, struggling 
moms and pops; Diana, Paige and Pat, Tony and Michelle,Ellen and more.

		Thanks		Jim W.

* mom-n-pop - I suppose this needs some explanation for out of 
towners. There used to be many small businesses owned by a husband 
and wife (sometime including reluctant children and often father - 
and -son or mother and daughter). These are small local operations 
reliant on their own hard work and buying plants wholesale from 
specialty growers. Few would have more than an employee or two and 
they made a comfortable 'living', nothing wealthy.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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