Galanthus phyto requirements

John Grimshaw
Sun, 27 Jan 2008 10:48:08 PST
Russell Stafford wrote:

>the prohibitive cost of obtaining the necessary CITES certificate.

This is really not true. The cost of a CITES Certificate from the UK for 
exporting a consignement consisting of single genus of CITES-listed plant 
is £7 (c. $14 USD)(see…). 
This is not expensive! That will cover any number of snowdrop bulbs.

In addition of course a phytosanitary certificate is required and for this 
there is an inspection fee of about £40-50, depending on the time taken for 

This is not too bad if divided over a consignment of snowdrops priced at 
£7-25 per bulb and shared between friends. We ship a substantial order each 
year to a group in Canada by this route each year - as dormant bulbs of 

There are simply insufficient stocks anywhere of most, if any, Galanthus 
cultivars, to make wholesaling them to suppliers such as Russell viable. The 
retail market can absorb all we can grow.

Our first Snowdrop Open Weekend has just finished, with hundreds of visitors 
enjoying perfect snowdrops in beautiful sunny weather.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

Tel. 01242 870567

January 26/27 and every Saturday & Sunday in February
Gates open 1pm, last entry 4 pm

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Russell Stafford, Odyssey Bulbs" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2008 6:29 PM
Subject: [pbs] Galanthus phyto requirements

> much scarcer in the U.S than in the U.K. (for example) -- This
> means that importing them in small numbers makes little economic
> sense, but it's hard to find a market for larger numbers of them.  We
> are always on the lookout for sources of uncommon Galanthus and other
> geophytic rarities -- and yes, this is a hint to those of you who
> have them growing on your premises!
> Russell
> Russell Stafford
> Odyssey Bulbs
> PO Box 382
> South Lancaster, MA  01561
> 508-335-8106
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