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    Frequently updated Plants/Cutting/Seeds for Postage

    I tend to have far too many things that I need to find homes for, so I decided to start a thread which I can add to, as necessary. I'll use the edit function to indicate when an item is no longer available.

    In general, I'm trading for postage, which is typically Priority Mail, at the 1 pound or less scale. Sometimes First Class Parcel, which is 2 or 3 dollars less. Also typically less for seeds, and sometimes for cuttings. The idea is to ship things cheaply at cost.

    Feel free to offer a trade, although don't be surprised if I reject it. In terms of a trade for something particularly interesting, bear in mind that if I'm offering something for free, chances are I have more of it available.

    I'll restrict some items based on location or growing conditions, as I grow a lot of plants that are cool growers, and will die a quick death outside in most of the country.
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    I figured I should start out with something carnivorous, although most items in this thread will likely be non-carnivores.

    A small seedling of Drosera binata and a very young seedling of Myrmecodia tuberosa.

    One of the "pot-mates" of this Drosera binata seedling is already blooming--first flower opened today. I suspect, but do not know yet, that this is a self-fertile strain of D. binata, as this is the one available from the ICPS seedbank, I'm told.



    Both of these should ship for 1 pound. The Myrmecodia was just moved from a pot with several other seedlings. It was not exactly well anchored in the medium.

    Update: these two have homes. although I may have more.
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    Seeds of Passiflora antioquiensis plus ?

    At first I was just going to use this to pass on seeds of P. antioquiensis that are hopefully still viable, from July 2013. I added six more that should be viable that were harvested in August 2014. I also included a P. edulis seedling in the picture. If one is interested, I could include that as well, and/or some cuttings and ship for under 1 pound. Or, just the P. antioquiensis seeds, in a padded envelope.

    This is one I'll restrict based on location (Coastal CA, Sunset zones 15-17, 24, parts of 22,23) or a track record of growing cool growing plants in a controlled environment elsewhere. People who grow in greenhouses in the Northern States (AHS heat zones 1-3, maybe 4) might also work. I impose those restrictions because P. antioquiensis is really a hard core cool grower. I was told early on that the plant was impossible even in San Jose, CA (average summer temps about 80/55) by the guy who is ultimately responsible for most of the seeds grown in this country. I think it can be done in that climate, with very careful placement, and protection from the cold (dies, permanently, at about 27 F). This is regarded as a shade-loving plant, by the way.



    Besides it's cool growing properties, P. antioquiensis is notable as having large (5 inch) flowers that hang down on peduncles up to 2 feet long. It's self-fertile, although not always self-pollinating, and the fruit has a reputation as one of the best tasting in the genus.

    Photo below from Bill Harberts, my source of seeds:



    Update 6/5: I'm a bit surprised by the lack of interest in this one, as P. antioquiensis is a pretty choice species. A couple years ago, someone sold 6 seeds of this on Ebay for $150 . The seeds were from the same source, even. I decided to start the seeds (they are soaking now). I will contribute a plant or two back to TF as a giveaway, and/or sell a plant and have the proceeds fund postage for Passiflora cuttings and/or plants.
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    A couple Andean tuber crops: Yacon and Mashua

    Yacon is Smallanthus sonchifolius (and a couple synonyms) and gets tall, with big leaves. It produces two types of tubers: small "crown" tubers that can be use to reproduce the plant, and larger storage tubers that are edible. They are best (sweetest) after sitting in the sun for a couple weeks.

    Mashua is Tropaeolum tuberosum and produces tubers in the Fall, around the time it blooms. It's related to the common garden Nasturtium and all parts are edible. The flowers are on long peduncles, and are very attractive to hummingbirds. Mashua is a bit of a lover of cool temperatures. It's not clear to me how much this restricts where it is grown.

    The Yacon is a piece of a sprouted tuber. The Mashua is a tuber that has been chopped into pieces. I assume the Mashua will exit dormancy and start growing soon, but I don't know this for sure...



    Update: These have been taken. In the short term, at least, I will likely have more Mashua, but not Yacon.
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    Very cool

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    Fresh Dragon Fruit seeds. It's probably possible to ship these cheaply (an envelope with some inserted padding, single stamp) and get acceptable losses--even a few intact seeds should produce plants. Or they could be sent in a bubble envelope.

    Fruits were $1 at a market in/near Richmond, CA:



    I ate some, and also harvested tons of seeds On right are seeds after 6 days on a wet paper towel:



    Seeds sprouting further after 9 days:



    I could easily send 100+ seeds.

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    None of the above are claimed, with the partial exception of the Drosera binata of the first item. However, I have more of those, and can pair one with the Myrmecodia if interested.

    I'll add a pair of Mexican species: a Fucracaea (Agavaceae) and a Salvia (Lamiaceae).

    The Fucraceae has been identified as Fucracaea parmentieri, which bears bulbils (plantlets) on the inflorescence after flowering. The Salvia is Salvia divinorum.

    I will not ship these guys to states that prohibit either, or to TF members under 18. The Fucraea is from a dropped bulbil outside the County Fair Building, SF. The Salvia is from a plant I picked up at the Cabrillo College plant sale a couple weekends ago. Both have been potted in 2 inch pots for possible shipping.





    Update: These two have a home.
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