All Things Gardening forum: Buying directly from plant breeders

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Aug 13, 2015 2:45 PM CST
I just received the Japanese iris that I ordered from ensata.com

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Bob Bauer and John Coble have been growing and selling Japanese and Siberian irises by mail order for over 25 years.

And, they are breeders as well! I have several of their creations. Here is one named 'Lake Effect'

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I really enjoy ordering plants directly from the breeder (or in this case breeders).

Who else shares this passion and what breeders have you ordered from?

Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Aug 13, 2015 5:56 PM CST
Wow that Iris is gorgeous!
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Aug 13, 2015 7:57 PM CST
Most breeders I have contacted do not sell retail or if they do you need to buy very large amounts.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 13, 2015 8:04 PM CST
Neither Eartheart Gardens nor Greywood requires any large order. They're the only two with whom I do business. In the past I did deal with Aitkens and they were excellent. This is Sing the Blues from Aitkens.
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Aug 14, 2015 10:11 PM CST
Frank ...

I've grown test roses for a few breeders over the years. Most of the roses in my garden came directly from breeders.

It's fun to look at a plant through the eyes of a breeder. You get a completely different feel for them.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Aug 15, 2015 5:11 AM CST
Several (most?) of the dahlia suppliers are breeders.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Aug 15, 2015 6:32 AM CST
Frank ...

I've never grown dahlias, but I did grow 'Dalia Rose' bred by Ralph Moore. Does that count ?

Actually, from what I have read, I probably would not keep them watered enough. We don't get summer rains up here to help and I am gardening on five levels, so each level doesn't always get the attention it needs on a consistent basis. I have to grow plants that can take care of themselves, if I can't get to them.

Smiles,
Lyn
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Aug 15, 2015 8:22 PM CST
I grow mostly Echinacea , Heuchera and Hellebore and have not noticed many breeders that sell direct other then Pine Knot Farms.

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