Pontus Wallstén

Pontus Wallstén has been interested in wildlife since an early age; his interest in plants started at the age of 12, when he began growing tulips, daffodils and radishes using an old unused sandpit in the garden as a raised bed container. As the years went by, he discovered more unusual and rare bulbs, and especially lilies, which became his main interest, in particular the species, which he collects to this day, maintaining a collection of aproximately 45 species and 40 or so hybrids. His other interests include South African bulbs such as Boophone, Brunsvigia, Haemanthus and Nerine, and more recently Arisaema and Allium, of which he is building an extensive collection in his garden in Switzerland, close to Geneva.

In 2010, following over 10 years of growth, some plants in his garden had multiplied well, at which point they where divided and potted up. As a "trial", Pontus sold these "surplus" plants at a local market in his village. The interest from customers was great, which sprouted the idea to create his small nursery, Pontus Wallstén Plants in 2010. Since then, Pontus has been exhibiting at most of the main rare plant shows in his area of Switzerland, as well as building up a small website, on which customers can see his available plants, and watch videos of growing tips and interviews made with plant experts from all around the world. The video section is a growing resource, with new interviews and videos being added as time goes by.

In 2013, Pontus begun a collaborative project with the Tanzanian NGO WATU, obtaining unusual bulbs from Tanzanian nurserymen, which he then sells in Europe. The profits on the sales going back to the NGO which works to provide education to children with financial difficulties in the suburbs of Moshi in Tanzania. More about this project can be found on his website.

In 2018, he published the Lilium species guidebook with photographs of 113 of the 115 or so existing lilium species worldwide, as well as pictures of 69 different sp bulbs, for ID purposes. The book also contains extra chapters illustrating the rarer species not currently in cultivation, as well as articles and contributions from various lily growers from all around the world, on various aspects of lily growing or finding rare species in the wild.

You can contact Pontus by email pontus.wallsten at bluewin.ch

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