Reorganizing the BX

Mark Mazer
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:18:45 PDT
 Should I get the BX .....  Count me out...


On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 7:25 AM <> wrote:

> Thank you for your comments...these will be most helpful as we move
> forward. Should I get the BX (BSX my preference) job, all of your
> suggestions would be met. We would have a BSX every 2 weeks (except
> end of December and inclement weather...even then a notice would be
> posted that the BSX was canceled and the reason for the cancellation),
> the list would be posted on Sunday of the first and third weekends of
> the month, there would be almost a week to make requests as the BSX
> would close on Friday at midnight after the list of donations is
> posted, donations would be equally divided among requestors and
> equitably distributed by lottery except donors for that BSX would
> receive priority, all donated material would be distributed the week
> after the BSX closes, there would be no 'leftover' bulbs or seeds, and
> information about number of requests would be available to anyone
> interested. Thanks again...John
>         PS: I could even help with cleaning seeds for the BSX for you J.
>         -----------------------------------------From: "M Gastil-Buhl"
> To:
> Cc:
> Sent: Monday October 21 2019 12:06:24PM
> Subject: [pbs] Reorganizing the BX
> First, thank you to Albert for running the BX and SX. I value the PBS
> BX
>  for varied reasons. First, I feel it connects us as a Society, as I
> am a
>  firmly rooted plant person who does not travel myself but I like to
> connect
>  with other plant people all over the globe. I put the seed or bulb
> donor's
>  initials on the labels. Thank you all of you who have donated to the
> BX and
>  SX. Secondly, I cannot bear to throw out seeds or cormels and my
> neighbors
>  have no interest in waiting years to see a bloom. Thank you all who
> have
>  given the little I sent to the BX a new home. I cannot imagine how
> much
>  work it must be to run a BX! I can barely keep track of my own
> repotting
>  and seed cleaning, record keeping and labeling.
>  1.1. Do you participate in the BX frequently, occasionally, or never?
>  Occasionally
>  2.2. If you never participate, why not?
>  3.3. If you do participate, what problems, if any, have you had with
> the BX?
>  I was discouraged how much longer it took for bulblets to arrive, in
> one
>  case at the end of its growing season. The turn-around time to see
>  donations appear in a BX seems long. But this is in comparison to the
> Dell
>  era, so my expectations were skewed.
>  4.4. Do you obtain bulbs, seeds, or both from the BX?
>  Both. More seeds than bulbs.
>  5.5. Do you pay your BX shipping charges promptly upon receiving the
>  material?
>  Promptly, same or next day usually.
>  6.6. If you donate to the BX, at what time(s) of year do you send
> items?
>  I seldom donate, only once in 2019, bulbs and seed. The time was
> determined
>  by dormancy of that bulb species, which has not yet appeared on a BX.
>  7.7. If the BX occurred at a few specific times of year, what times
>  would best suit your needs?
>  July/Aug/Sep or late summer early autumn in N. hemisphere in time for
> fall
>  planting of the winter rainfall growers here. I do not grow
> summer-rain
>  species. November at the latest. For non-perishable seeds of course
> timing
>  is more flexible. But for short-lived seeds I appreciated the
> freshness of
>  frequent SX in the past.
>  8.8. Do you donate plant material to the BX that cannot be held in
>  storage for more than a week or two? If so, what kind of material?
>  Never before, but had planned to send some Nerine filifolia seeds
> ripening
>  now. These are easy growers for me so I can sow here and send next
> year's
>  crop. I also considered sending some seed of my white Amaryllis
> belladonna
>  mystery cross because of the recent discussion.
>  9.9. If you specialize in plants that cannot be held in storage, are
> you
>  willing to exchange them directly with other members rather than
> going
>  through the BX?
>  No. I do not expect I could handle the logistics. And I do not
> specialize
>  in those.
>  10.10. Do you think that donors should have priority in having their
>  orders filled? If not, why not?
>  I do not expect that would push me to donate more. The limiting
> factor is
>  seed-cleaning patience and time, not motivation. And others made a
> good
>  point about first-timers needing some early success. I think one of
> the
>  other societies does give donors priority so perhaps that helps
> encourage
>  donations.
>  I agree as others mentioned that transparency and accountability will
>  increase trust in the BX program. That would encourage me to donate
> more
>  than priority or postage credit. Perhaps the new system could include
> a
>  Wish List feature. If I saw folks were eager to receive my material
> that
>  would motivate me. Perhaps not person-specific, but an aggregated
> list. If
>  I saw 10 people wished for a species with hard-to-clean seed but 0
> people
>  wished for yet more Dierama, I would prioritize accordingly. Of
> course a
>  Wish List feature is of lower priority than turning over donations
> rapidly.
>  If there were a place to send un-cleaned seed pods instead of clean
> seed, I
>  would send more.
>  I do suggest the BX/SX should still require PBS membership.
>  Gastil
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