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Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
May 29, 2020 12:32 PM CST
I just recently bought some cacti plants, & seeds through EBay & wondered if anyone has any recommendations, for their favorite vendor.
Do you know of any really good ones, particularly for the more difficult, or more rare, slower growing specialty species or varieties, that originate from Mexico ?

Thank you for any suggestions.
I don't mind if it is either seeds, or propagated Mexican species of plants.
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Oilagave
May 29, 2020 2:24 PM CST
ShawnSteve said:I just recently bought some cacti plants, & seeds through EBay & wondered if anyone has any recommendations, for their favorite vendor.
Do you know of any really good ones, particularly for the more difficult, or more rare, slower growing specialty species or varieties, that originate from Mexico ?

Thank you for any suggestions.
I don't mind if it is either seeds, or propagated Mexican species of plants.


I know some good ebay shops in the UK especially in the Devon Cornwall area but it wouldn't really be helpful since your in the US and shipping costs quite a bit. Thumbs up
Name: Bill
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bwbillh
May 29, 2020 2:30 PM CST
Planet Desert is a good place - shipping is a little high though but the plants arrive in excellent condition.

Mountain Crest Gardens has cheaper shipping but, I have always had to repot the plants when they arrived because they were not packaged as well.

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Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
May 29, 2020 3:20 PM CST
Thank you for the suggestions.
I don't mind paying more for shipping.
It is well worth the extra postal expense, as anything else has got to be better than trying to navigate through the mess of a website, at Mesa Gardens.

Maybe, I will just try Kohres of Germany. Probably much easier to just put items in a 'shopping cart" online, & simply "check out."
Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
May 29, 2020 4:03 PM CST
I checked out planet desert & for a Mammillaria perez-de,-la-rosa, could not believe it costs $16.99 !
I swear, I actually bought one at KMart, many years ago & it couldn't have cost me, much more than $2.99 (plus sales tax.)
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 29, 2020 5:37 PM CST
ShawnSteve said:
I swear, I actually bought one at KMart, many years ago & it couldn't have cost me, much more than $2.99 (plus sales tax.)


I think the operative word there was "many years ago." Smiling

I do buy from eBay but, the company must be located in the U.S. and their major business must be selling seeds or plants. A company in China whose main business is selling used tires does not make the cut. I pay with PayPal.
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Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
May 29, 2020 6:12 PM CST
Great thoughts, on that one, Daisy !
Maybe it is just not the time, to be buying much else, other than essential items.
Not that some seeds aren't on the way. But the economic future is rather a bit uncertain at the present time. I just may need to discontinue further purchases, in light of the current situation.
I have to adjust to this 'new normal', if one can even dare call it that.
Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
May 30, 2020 1:01 AM CST
I would hesitate to buy seeds on eBay, even if they come from the US unless I know from acquaintances that these seeds generally are what they are supposed to be. Some places qualify, but most do not. Just so hard to know with seeds if they are being sent the real deal. For some plants it is possible to at least recognize that you are getting sent the right genus, but then you have to hope that the 10 seeds supposedly of fancy Agave xxxxx do not turn out to be 10 seeds from an Agave americana.
Cactus seeds are much more difficult to recognize in many (most) cases, so I have tended to avoid eBay for those and focused on reputable sellers with an independent website.

Plants is a different story, though if they do not post a picture of the size plant they are going to send, I tend to be a little weary. Ideally you want a picture of the plant you are buying, but if they are selling multiples of the same plant I am OK just seeing a shot of an example of what they will sent.

Over the years I have bought a lot of cacti and agaves, and some aloes on eBay generally with great success. I rarely have bought plants from outside the US just because aside from the cost of shipping there is also the added risk of the plants not making it through customs.
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Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
May 30, 2020 5:29 AM CST
Thank you, Thijs. I don't even see Tee Dee cacti anymore, & they used to have some really nice cacti listed individually.

Selection may just be more limited, as people were likely busy online, making purchases, while "stuck", at home. Though I did get a rather late start.

Apparently, cost of Phyto. papers are 20. Euro from what I saw at Kakteen-Haage, & that isn't all that bad, considering how costly they used to be. Just a an additional .90 fee for each plant, for treatment, aside from Shipping cost. They've been in business for about two hundred years !
Minimum order was 15 E. if combing seeds & plants.

Had a look at Panarotto, of Italy, but many are sold out. Usually, the Special plant list, is much more extensive.

Koehres, is fairly reliable, for the description, be it field number, or locality. Even the old names, often lumped together nowadays, but at least you'd have a better idea of whatever seeds you order, turn out to look like, what you want !
Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
May 30, 2020 6:46 AM CST
After many years, I think I've managed to get ahold of a certain variety of Epithelantha micromeris. It has taken me quite some time, to get the exact ones I've wanted.
Not sure where the seeds for them, originated from. But couldn't be more pleased about it than I am.
I'm certain, I had sent a single seedling of the same type (Which has a very prolonged stage, of remaining in youth- as in years ! ) to be grafted by Miles, for propagation.

Although, it is possible that seeds were imported, or offered when Steve Brack, still held ownership of Mesa Gardens.
As otherwise, I was only aware of just several people that even grew it, aside from me.

I'd like to get some. E. bokei once again, along with the very beautiful form with large pink flowers, & white spines, from Chihuahua, that I had added an image of, into this Database. You can't miss seeing those larger sized blooms.

Though those bokei seeds can be fairly costly. Would much prefer younger plants instead, though.
Problem is, images don't always match what is sent. Or, the incorrect name is given, to what is offered.

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