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    I agree with trainspotting. Carnivorous plants sell because of the novelty behind them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Unfortunately, many get discouraged by the failure and think it is too hard for them to cultivate.
    Agreed, especially when the plant dies despite having followed the incorrect "instructions." Obviously, there are consumers who buy the plant purely for novelty but there are others who want to give the plant "a try." Plant retailers should do their best to provide a very simple and ACCURATE instructions for the latter group. Obviously, the wide spectrum of growing conditions makes absolute statements impossible, but I think we can all agree that a general statement is usually better than none! If the person is really interested, s/he can learn more from books/online, but they should at least be given simple, accurate instructions with the plant.

    The worst instructions, in my opinion, are those for VFTs--the need for dormancy is not even mentioned despite the fact that it is as essential as proper watering/lighting for the survival of the plant. A simple statement such as "dormancy required" would suffice.

    This topic really strikes a raw nerve--there's nothing more annoying than being provided wrong information, especially from the entity that's selling the product, be it a person or corporation! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img]

    Now I've got to go take my blood pressure meds!
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    I'm not sure what is more off-the-wall: finding a true D. paradoxa at a garden center or viewing the growing instructions. A bold new step in reckless profiteering! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_t_32.gif[/img]

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    Yeah, I'd just like to know where the heck you found a D. paradoxa...I'd buy them all if I ever found them at a garden center!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (7santiago @ Nov. 29 2005,11:17)]Where on earth did you find it?
    thats not a normal find even for a walmart
    Walmart is only barely starting to infiltrate this town. I work at a family-owned garden centre, probably the best-kept one in the environs. Oh, by the way, I live in the UK, so the Dutch suppliers do all the work for the British mass market as far as CP go. They arrive healthy, but the houseplant staff (excluding myself), despite being the wonderful people they are (excluding myself [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] ), have practically nil knowledge on these wonderful plants.

    Our next shipment of CP will be under my care and control, no matter what the superiors say - any garden centre can keep ghastly Kalanchoe and Poinsettias (yes, I find them ugly), why not complete the list with CP as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ] Oh, by the way, I live in the UK, so the Dutch suppliers do all the work for the British mass market as far as CP go.
    That explains it. Western Europe is oftentimes ahead of us when it comes to wholesale marketing of exotic plants, including CPs, and the Dutch in particular are crazy about plants! It makes me want to retire there!

    I believe I read an article a few years back stating that citizens of Western European countries spend 3-5 times more of their budget on plants than those in the US....and Walmart is keenly aware of this fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]It makes me want to retire there!
    Ditto! In fact, I should just move there now [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Ditto! In fact, I should just move there now
    Amen to that!
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