I have learned to ignore the zone charts......It was 95F yesterday,I have had several 105+ degree days and many 20F- nights in the winter....a few below 10F...the climate here swings like a pendulum on a roller coaster.......back in the 80's my mother had an ongoing fight with a flower company that refused to ship when she asked...they insisted the zone chart made early June the correct time...too bad early June here the ground is rock hard with 100 degree days but the chart was telling them we still had frost potential to worry about.
Post by rhizomatous on Sept 19, 2014 0:00:07 GMT -5
What about mid to late February? Is that better for people? It seems like plants here are just barely getting started by the end of the month. Whenever we pick, it's never going to be perfect for everyone.
I don't know how many of you celebrate Christmas, but in January, some people's bank accounts might be hurting from the holiday season.
I know Terraforums does their NASC auction in late March/June, and the CCPS is doing theirs now. Are there any societies/forums that do auctions in the winter?
As long as the buyer and seller communicate and allow for extreme weather anytime should be good.Now as to bank accounts....well...no time is good.Should we just put up a poll for a week and see what fits most peoples expectations as to a good time?
Guys, Guys! Reality check. Not looking for perfection but reasonable survival probability without getting “frozen out” of this auction. Despite what may be going on for the coasties (Gulf and West) much of the country and our membership is in deep freeze in January and February. While not necessarily a constant thing, several periods of 0 to 20 low temps (and way below) for a week or more each time is the norm here. Sure we may get a night or two that warms up to around freezing or above, but for the most part those months are BRUTAL COLD, the coldest of the year. It’s been a real chore coordinating plant shipments to here in the NY metropolitan area even in March and that’s not considering what happened this past winter, which if you believe the forecast/predictions will be matched or exceeded this coming winter.
Personal example – Beginning of March, - Its Sunny and Springtime in San Francisco, Snowy but just above freezing in New Jersey (that next Vortex-thingy hasn’t got here yet) and in Kansas City, where the plants will be stopping over on their cross-country journey, in their state of the art climate controlled trailers and processing facility (sarcasm), it’s 12 degrees. Mike is waiting, most patiently, for me to give him the go ahead to ship.
A number of you have learned from brutal experience that once a plant breaks dormancy it takes very little frost to kill buds and growth points, severely damage hardening pitchers and create avenues for rot that persist well into the season. So far, with care and good guesses, plants have arrived unscathed and almost all survived. But for me, taking shipments of plants from mid-January through February is definitely Russian roulette with extra bullets. While, like most of you, I prefer to establish new plants in the spring (which for me means March 1st through May 15th) I find late fall to be a viable alternative with dormant plants.
Most all of our plants are dormant in November and December so I would like to make a case for a pre-holidays auction. The weather, while it may be really cold in some places is usually not yet brutal and is not likely to outright kill shipped plants. You haven’t yet maxed out your credit and you could drop all kinds of subtle hints for gift lists you may be on (or if that doesn’t work, treat yourself and downsize the reciprocal gifts you were giving, LOL). If we’re lucky, we may even have a place prepared for the new aquisitions to hide spend the winter before the really bad weather hits. It might even be safe to ship growing seedlings. Just a thought.
Post by aerogrower on Sept 19, 2014 7:05:57 GMT -5
Just to clarify on my part...I will support an auction anyway I can. Maybe that means just seeds maybe depending on the timing and the weather here in Michigan plants etc. I will be lurking and waiting to bid!!
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5