Dennis Kramb dkramb@badbear.com
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:20:26 PST
The typical life expectancy of a plant in my care ranges from 5 weeks to 5
years.  Therefore do not entrust me with any rarities.  I can even kill
Wal-Mart Hippeastrums.  It's why I've gravitated towards locally native
flora... grown exclusively outdoors.  They have the best chance of survival.

That being said, I do have a remarkable collection of oddball plants
including rare & endangered species like Iliamna remota, Boltonia
decurrens, and Silphium brachiatum.  They're all from neighboring states,
though, so it's not too remarkable that they survive here.

The oldest plants in my care are some windowsill cacti about 20 years old.
Next are a handful of bearded irises about 15 years old.  But out of all
the plants I've ever tried growing, my kill:///success/ ratio is strongly
skewed towards the killed column.

Regarding the security of rare plants in big institutions I'm dismayed when
they don't have security cameras.  In this age cameras are cheap.  Protect
your investments!

DK in Cincinnati

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