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    VFT Poachers Arrested

    Saw this in the headlines when I checked my email today:

    http://centurylink.net/news/read.php...s=1011&lang=en

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    They should just buy some seed and grow them or start tissue culturing them. Theyd have hundreds of VFTs in no time and could charge a lot more than 10 cent a piece.

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    Totally why bother for only 10 - 25 cents each....

    That makes the 200 plants they're caught with only worth $20-50 to the poachers - are they really that stupid to do all that work for so little payback or is the state totally out of touch with how much poachers are actually making?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Totally why bother for only 10 - 25 cents each....
    Average price in the average nursery for a young VFT is 5.99, and they are selling quick because it is very exotic: "Uhhhh mom look a moving plant, can I get it? Pleaaase? Pleaaaase?" so ... from 10cents to whatever they sell them for at the nursery... There is definitively profit.

    My first VFT that I got from a nursery looked like it was poached. I did not know better.

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    @swords: im betting they dont know how much they are being sold on the market. otherwise im sure they would have asked for more...
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    You think the punishment would be a bit heftier. Harvesting VFTs isn't exactly the easiest way to collect them. Pulling up 150 VFTs from pots filled with Sphagnum, orchids, Drosera, etc. was hard work this summer. It's easier to grow them from seed or pullings and collect them from trays in a greenhouse.

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    Our local nursery sells tons of VFT's to teachers for school projects. I can imagine they'd buy a bunch from anyone for a buck or two a pop. Easily enough room to make profits.

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    A $25 punishment hardly seems like much incentive not to poach them. I can only hope that's $25 per plant, not per incident, but somehow I doubt it.

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