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    Thumbs down I got some new plants!

    I received quite possibly the worst plants I've ever received today. Opening each plant was like a bad surprise party where each gift is worse than the next.

    Here's the worst two:

    N. ampullaria 'Harlequin' (assorted clones)


    I always wanted a red ampullaria but what is wrong with this one I received? Is it virus ridden or been kept in the wrong temps or what makes the growth tip look like this? It was healthy at one point as the old leaves are decently shaped/sized for a plant this size but it looks as if there's something amiss at the growing tip. If you can't see it 4 of the latest leaves it's made are only about 1/2" long and curled.

    Begonia bipinnatifida


    You wouldn't know it by the picture but it's called a "fern leaf Begonia" which makes small red ferny sort of leaves. There are NO actual leaves on the plant I received, just two sticks poking out of the soil and a very tiny leaf start (circle #1) a couple leaf fragments on the soil surface. As I took the picture a piece of the perlite woke up and started crawling around (circle #2) it's some sort of pill bug looking thing. I put this plant in a ziplock so the bug doesn't escape to my other plants. The amp will be misted with rubbing alcohol and then moved to LFS and out of the peat/perlite it's in.

    I'm not naming the vendor but I will be in touch with them, I don't expect replacement plants or even a refund but I at least wish to air my displeasure. I have ordered plenty of terrarium specimens from them in the past without any complaints but this is simply ridiculous.

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    You don't have to name them ...we know who they are. The problem is they sell the plants right after they import them, no recovery period or at least not enough ...this is why they look like somebody step on them.
    Don't worry ...they will recover if you keep them warm and give them light...don't repot them now, just leave them alone for now.
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    Yep i tried them again finally to see if they got better, got an amp harlequin from them as well. doesnt look much different than yours.

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    Not the amp though, that guy needs LFS - I'm generally "peataphobic"! lol

    I just don't understand what happened with these guys. They used to sell pretty good plants... granted it's been a number of years since I last ordered from them (due to not having any plants for a few years) but "downhill" is an understatement.

    How mad would you be if you bought a hamata for $200 that looked like that amp I got!
    Additionally,WHY is a hamata $200? I paid $50 for mine like 8-10 years ago, weren't they "rarer" in cultivation back then?

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    Y'ouch.

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    I paid $50 for mine like 8-10 years ago, weren't they "rarer" in cultivation back then?
    Perhaps they weren't as much in demand like now?
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=6789&dateline=1352508752

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    Well the ones they have on there are the 2 seedgrown ones, which were 120$ from BE....gotta make a profit somehow i guess, but damn.

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    A big price is fine for a well grown specimen plant but it better not look like what we got with our harlequin amps for that sort of money. The prices at the local orchid shop are not pretty but the plants are stunning and rare specimens, you're wowed into buying.
    Whereas I might leave empty handed from a greenhouse displaying plants that look like this.

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    Yep i 100% agree Swords.
    It is rather ridiculous as these were also the guys who gave me spider mites last year. i vowed to never buy from them again
    but i had to try with an amp again, and even though its not the true original harlequin, i thought id give it a shot.
    i think these are brunei red x harlequin

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