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    If you are looking for a place to get rare plants, look around at the people of PFT! Almost all of my rarer species came from good friends that I have made over time. So, not only do you get the plants you are looking for, you meet some VERY GREAT PEOPLE.

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    Heh if I had a CP club up here in Jefferson county you be your car I'd join! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I guess Me,Tony and Tamlin Dawnstar are the 3 people that make up the Western side of the New York state CP club lol. Anyhow rare plants fun to grow sometimes hard to obtain. I have an oreophila and I got mine from a friend. Simpyl had lots extra and handed it to me and said "For you." [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Alabamensis was next handed to me and I was shocked. But they aren't hard to get, just hard to find the people who have them! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] The rare Nepenthes most likely you have to buy. I know not of anyone who would give away an N.Ephippiata or an N.Argentii unless they are darn good friends with you! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Personally all rare plants that are out there LEGALLY for sale are at a quite reasonable price except of course exceptions (Argentii, and soon Jaquelineae) will be quite high. So all I can say is ask around be friendly and you most liekly will get that S.Oreophila or that N.Rajah (if you pay it) and if you are nice and friendly to the seller and keep in contact with him/her for a long time they might even give you discounts periodically! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] Good luck!

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    not that i have any rare plants but this is how i see it.

    -newbie(1st vft)
    -buys some more cps-
    -propagates them-
    -trades for other common plants that u dont have-
    -have many different common plants-
    -somehow get one rare plant-
    -propagate it-
    -trade those for other rare plants-
    -propagate those-
    -trade those for others-
    -and now urr on ur way to being an expert-

    and wile ur getting those new plants u are also learning
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    Hi,

    here in Germany it is very easy to get carnivorous plants...

    We have Andraes Wistuba, who sells almost every Nepenthes and Heliamphora species, we habe lokal DIY shops which sell Drosera regia, Cephalotus or Sarracenia oreophila (I bought all of these species there)
    There are also very low prices for usual (and unusual) plants in the online shops. Have for excample a look at http://www.dr-e-koenig.de/shop.htm (I think I can post it here, because it is located in Germany and therefore no concurrent to ********** ? If not, delete it please)

    On the other hand I would highly recommend to join a CP society. I have some friends which gave me Utricularia quelchii or U. endresii for free, another gave me Nepenthes murudensis or N. villosa for free (he is also a member of this board). From another one I got the Pameridea marlothii bugs living on Roridula, ...
    My collection is big enough that I can also trade many plants I would like to have. If not, I can still buy them.

    At the moment I could obtain almost every spezies which is in cultivation. But my space and time is limited. (and my money, too ;-) )

    Sometimes you have to be patient or search for a long time (I bought some Roridula dentata seeds from Afrika, because I couldn't obtain this species in Germany at that time)

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    Start with a small collection, try to manage these species well, try to propagate them. Join a CP society and make friends (online or better in real life) and go to meetings. Trade some rarer plants...
    Get a good job and earn a lots of money. Buy a very large greenhouse with different climate sections and buy every species which is aviable worldwide...
    Propagate every species through seeds which could become extinct in nature....
    ****

    Martin

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    Sorry to kinda side post here.

    Martin - I had gotten some of the Roridula dentata seeds also, were you able to get germination from them? If so would you share how you accomplished it.

    Thanks & Cheers.

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    goldtrap, scarnivores is Southern Carnivores, and Australian outfit... I think if you ordered from them you would learn about international exchange rates, and how much money shipping a live plant across a couple oceans would cost you! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    AS was stated earlier, there really aren't that many 'rare' nepenthes, just ones that are harder to care for, and ones that are still working their way into bulk production from TC labs, supply and demand friend.

    Also, I think the really rare specimens when you get down to it, are the mutants, like the pompom (probably the rarest formerly carnivorous plant there is) and so forth, as was stated, the rareity of these plants makes tissue culturing them a scary thing, will the traits carry over? who knows? As we move on through the years, the rare plants will become less rare, and new oddities will pop up... some may even be created... who knows..

    I read an article about scientists who are trying to CREATE a life form, a single celled form of life that will be the most simple organism on the planet, with the smallest amount of DNA required to maintain 'life'. Surely in a few decades the research will move on to more complex organisms, and I wouldn't be suprised to find some entrepenuer get it in his head to pilfer with CP dna and create some truly wild things...

    The morality of this is a whole nother subject and thread however! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Hi Pete :

    You can read some of my experience with germination of Roridula at my homepage : http://www.drosophyllum.com/english/e-roridula.htm
    From the last six seeds of Roridula dentata now all 6 germinated :-) (but I lost three big Roridula plants during the last weeks)

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    There are some really rare plants out there :
    For excample Nepenthes edwardsiana. I've heard of only one person who cultivates it here in Germany (propably there are more, I don't know about everybody ;-) )
    Other excamples are some Utricularia which are very hard to find, for excample the Australian species like U. westonii (if someone has it drop me a mail please *g*)
    Another problem are some tuberous Drosera or the tuberous U. menziesii. Finaly I bought them from a person where it is _defintly not_ sure if they are propagated in cultivation

    And there are species like Drosera meristocaulis or Drosera pilosa or...

    Martin

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    There is also a distinction to be made between rare plants, and hard to get plants. For example, U. quelchii, or U. alpina, or U. geminiloba isn't really that rare, lots of people have it, but it grows slowly and it is in high demand. On the other hand, something like U. leptoplectra grows like a weed, but there just isn't very many of them around.


    Another example, I suppose, is D. regia - lots of people have it, but it can be difficult to get your hands on one, vs. obscure South American Drosera species that are truly rare in cultivation.

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