expensive seeds

Marie-Paule marie-paule.opdenakker@pandora.be
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 06:50:16 PDT
Well I hope then that my yellow clivia make pods next year and then I send 
it to the BX for the members.
Fingers crost.
Warm Regards,
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lee Poulsen" <wpoulsen@pacbell.net>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 9:07 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] expensive seeds

> Since Worsleya seeds started becoming quite a bit more available this
> decade, the going rate for most offerings has been in the $3 to $5 per
> seed range. I've seen it reach as high as $10 per seed. I have never
> seen it get as low as the $1 per seed price that a New Zealander was
> charging back in the 1990s. Clivia seeds have a much wider, but similar
> range of pricing. For example, I don't think you'll find yellow-flowered
> Clivia seeds for less than $1 to $2 per seed. On the other hand some of
> the now most desirable Clivia seeds can get really expensive. (Although
> in my opinion, some people just charge a lot more for their seed than
> others do. I know a few breeders who want $10 to $20 per seed for some
> of their best crosses which aren't any better or in some cases look
> identical to those of other breeders who only charge $5 per seed. And
> some Chinese highest quality seeds, which might not seem desirable to
> many Westerner aesthetic sensibilities, can reach astronomical
> [tulipmania-level] prices.)
> Some people have been able to make a killing on seeds prices by having
> chosen the right expensive Clivia varieties to have purchased, meaning,
> *now*, there are a lot of people worldwide who want seeds from that
> variety and are willing to pay for it. But you can't always tell ahead
> of time. And purposely pollinated Clivias tend to produce a lot more
> seeds than open-pollinated flowers do. One guy on the Clivia list just
> reported 378 seeds from one umbel of some cross that he made. Here's an
> eBay listing for seeds from a green-flowered Clivia that the seller
> recently sold 2 seeds of for $50 per seed!
> <http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll/…>
> In any case, $108 for 25 seeds is a little over $4 per seed, so hardly
> unusual at all for Worsleya. In this case, if the winner wins at this
> price, he or she could easily offer all of them on the Worsleya list at
> $5 per seed and sell all of them in 24 hours.
> --Lee Poulsen
> Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a
> Diane Whitehead wrote:
>> Tomas reported on an eBay offer of 25 seeds of Worsleya from a seller
>> in Brazil.  There have been 11 bids, and the high bid is currently at
>> $108.  These are obviously very much in demand.  Maybe the bidders
>> should join together and share the seeds, rather than bidding each
>> other up.
>> Clivia is another genus with expensive seeds, though just of the very
>> uncommon ones.  I wondered if I could support any of my bad habits
>> (like buying seeds) by buying an expensive Clivia and selling its
>> seeds each year.  My old original orange one had two stalks of a dozen
>> flowers each, but only four seedpods are forming.  A rare one might
>> have even fewer pods.  I haven't cut a pod open to see how many seeds
>> are inside, but I don't see this as a way to make a lot of money.
>> Diane Whitehead
>> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
>> On 1-Jun-09, at 10:31 AM, Tomas Sandberg wrote:
>>> This is really sick more than 100vbUSD for 25 seeds of Worsleya!
>>> Look here: 
>>> http://cgi.ebay.com/Worsleya-procera-seeds-RARE_W0…
> -- 
> --Lee Poulsen Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a
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