The group order from Exotica Plants in Australia seems to be going well, thanks to lol’s efforts and the willingness of Rainforest Carnivores to share his experiences about importing plants from foreign countries.
On the subject of importing, I wonder if anyone on this forum who is living in the U.S. has ever ordered from Yamada Nursery in Japan. The photos on the website look fascinating to me, even though it’s written mostly in Japanese, which I don’t understand. I tried translating it with the Google translator, but that only made it humorous without making it much more understandable.
I don’t have any experience with importing anything from Japan, but Rainforest Carnivore’s comments about getting plants through ag/customs inspections indicate that it’s difficult enough without the complexity of having to deal with documents written in Japanese, or written in English by someone whose primary language is Japanese. Still, I wonder if anyone has actually tried it.
Nope. They REFUSE to export to the U.S. Most of their stuff comes strait from Exotica anyway, so no biggie.
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Post by Rainforest Carnivores on Dec 24, 2005 11:11:24 GMT 7
LOL is ight about most of their plants being from other sources, but Japan does have a few novelty stuff. I believe they house the largest collection of N. ampullaria on the planet. I believe last count citing over two hundred forms (not just speckled varieties, but each very distinct, and possibly ten times if one was to count the varieties of each type). But otherwise nothing is new or exotic from japan. they do have an extensive collection of named Japanese cultivars and hybrids.
Its not worth importing from Japan. Thet two times I did import nepenthes, it was with connections with USDA, DOA and Customs that I was able to swing it into Hawaii. Hawaii is also very strict about importing anything from Japan.
As per the Yamada site, nothing seems unusual there.
There are well over a hundred nepenthes enthusiasts in japan and many don't post their plants either. Many of them also raise the illegal Formosa arowana, probably baby white rhino's and a whole lot of rare stuff not allowed to mention.
There are well over a hundred nepenthes enthusiasts in japan
I'd conservatively guess "well over five thousand". Hell, we've got at least five hundred nep freaks on this little speck of birdshit here - and that was once only a tiny fragment of the Japanese Empire :-)!