Some lowii hybrids and more Apr 16, 2007 23:33:01 GMT 7
Post by twoton on Apr 16, 2007 23:33:01 GMT 7
Hans, the problem is, that there is no reseller for Exotica Plants in Europe =)
I dare to wager that any European EP reseller will find Germany a really tough market. I'm fully aware that this post might trigger a German invasion of Taiwan, but my opinion's been fire-hardened by three years of participating in the German CP forum.
Like with everything else in life, there are exceptions, yet my general understanding is that most hybrid growers in Krautistan are beginners; and once they've joined the ranks of the old salts, they'll step over their old mothers to stuff their tanks with argentii, villosa, macrophylla, tenuis and sp. sumatra before you can say "basal shoot". Just take a look at the photo threads by all those veteran German grower aces on CPUK, PFT and the GFP (German) forum.
There are some wonderful hybrids between Hamburg and Munich - Christian Klein's creations come to mind - but they're few and far between, and hardly anyone seems to buy them. Check out Chris' price list, for example. He can afford to charge top dollar for species, but his hybrids are cheap.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not crusading against it here. Everyone's free to grow whatever floats his boat. But as a frequent poster of hybrid pics in the GFP forum, I've learned that Deutschlandese enthusiasts do lean heavily towards species.
I like hybrids very much
I think you're an exception. See above rant.
Food for thought: from a psychological point of view, I think this species-only phenomenon boils down to the old "A Piece of Rainforest in My Living Room" thing. Speciers (for lack of a better word) want the "real" stuff that makes them forget the grim Teutonic winters, plants that conjure up visions of gibbons howling through the canopy and hornbills soaring over orchid-covered limestone cliffs; not some man-made greenhouse cyborgs whose ancestors' leaves have never been munched on by an orang-utan or been trampled into Borneo's red soil by a rhinoceros.