Seed donation time

Hansen Nursery
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:18:18 PDT

I've been meaning to write to you regarding my concerns about Al. I donated
a fair amount of Biarum zellebourii which was mailed on Aug. 26, with an
enclosed note tht the bulbs were starting to break dormancy or something
like that, that they needed to be sent out very soon.  To date I've seen
nothing to indicate he has done this or in fact has he sent out a BX in the
last month or so at least.  

I've heard rumors to the effect (I can cite a source if you need it.) that a
long-time member sent in a number of bulbs, never saw them distributed on
the BX and located them being sold by Al on Ebay.  Apparently there has been
at least one other situation similar.

We have a board meeting coming up and Arnold is aware of the situation
because all three complaints (including mine) were made to him.  There may
be others I'm not aware of.  Arnold has never received a payment from a
Chinese person Al sent bulbs to and this amount was about $40, plus the man
was not a member.  This followed on the $20 or so Al spent to send a package
to a ?friend who was not a member although he claimed she was joining (not
so far substantiated).

I've just been wanting to give you some background as Nhu doesn't seem very
concerned.  I haven't made this known but have only discussed this with
Arnold.  Nhu may be too busy - I don't know.

This just concerns me and I refuse to keep quiet.  At the same time, I want
to be circumspect and not upset anyone by going overboard, but I do feel
this needs to be discussed and absolutely dealt with.

Thanks for bending an ear,

Hansen Nursery

-----Original Message-----
From: pbs [] On Behalf Of
Jane McGary
Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2019 12:39 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Seed donation time

The PBS's popular BX offers seeds as well as bulbs, and now is the time 
(in the Northern Hemisphere, at least) to donate seeds. I just got mine 
ready to mail to both PBS and NARGS (PBS got the rarer ones, of 
course!). I hope others will participate and that we'll have an 
especially good seed list this fall.

The address for the manager: Albert Stella, 2712 Knowles St., Raleigh, 
NC, 27603, USA.

Please remember to tape your seed envelopes at both ends, rather than 
depending on the adhesive that comes with them. As intake manager for 
the NARGS exchange for 3 years, I opened far too many mailers to find a 
residue of mixed seeds that had leaked out. Also, if you're sending 
seeds that contain a lot of moisture, such as Paeonia, the moisture will 
loosen the glue that holds a paper envelope together, causing the 
envelope to fall apart, so these are best sent in a moisture-proof 
packet of some kind.

Members are particularly eager to obtain seed of species that can be 
grown in temperate or even cold-winter regions without a heated greenhouse.

Many people join PBS to obtain bulbs, but are disappointed when the BX 
doesn't satisfy them. Please consider growing your geophytes from seed. 
I seem to recall that an article I wrote for NARGS on the subject was on 
the PBS website at one time; if it's not there now, I can resubmit it. 
With a little patience (or, in some cases, a lot), you can raise several 
clones of a rare species and begin to harvest seeds from them. 
Eventually you'll be able to share with others. I've even sent seeds 
answering requests from botanic gardens and preserves. About 85% of my 
collection was originally grown from seed, much of it collected in the 
wild by the plant explorers to whom we owe so much (see the "Sources" 
page on the PBS website for information on seed lists).

Thanks for contributing!

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA/PBS Membership Coordinator

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