J. Agoston agoston.janos123@gmail.com
Wed, 22 Apr 2009 02:11:59 PDT
Dear Ian,

Yes, I understand you. Most botanical gardens are in the seed exchanage. But
they do buy from growers and happily accept donations. In germany for
example I have seem in theri IS that the plants are bought from a nursery.
As they also have IPEN numbers they have to keep track of what they

Here all botanic gardens are very happy to receive donations in plants or in
money. They know that the bulbs are infected, but they don't care because
voles do a big selection from year to year (they kill 10-30% of tulips in
the garden year by year).

Anyway I was in holland and the highest quality bulbs can contain around 1%
virus infection, the standard quality what we can buy here can contain up to
5 or 6 % virus regarding variety! We cannot stop viruses, and the gardens
need a high input of bulbs becouse people are willing to see only flowering
plants there.

It is also hard for me to collect seeds, tulips are not willing to set seeds
here. And it can take up to 6-8 years to raise from seed to flower a tulip.
In the gardens volse eat them before they could flower.

I'm offering my bulbs free for the gardens, and I'm telling them that they
are infected, but they said it does not matter.

Z5a, Hungary

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