There is a new Begonia, Double Tuberous, that i heard about last year called “Icemint”. I ordered it from Bellcross nurseries last year along with another grower, Stan, Margaret had mentioned it to Stan on the phone but we didn’t receive it or hear anything about it again. This year i sent an order to Bellcross for a Begonia called “Silence” and added that i would like to order “Icemint”, if it was available. I received confirmation of my order for “Silence” but “Icemint” was not even mentioned. I have since ordered “Mrs T White” from another grower, and mentioned “Icemint” to him, he very kindly informed me that he hoped to obtain one soon, but would not be selling it because Bellcross had raised “Icemint” and wanted to get their money from it. He also informed me that Bellcross had over 90 orders for “Icemint”.
That’s all fair enough, i can understand them wanting to make some money from it if they have raised it, also that they may have too many orders. But my estimation of Bellcross nurseries has gone down now, i may not order from them again. That information should have come from Bellcross. Confirmation was sent for the other tubers ordered, all that was needed was a short note on the bottom to say what the other grower told me. I was already thinking that Bellcross don’t have the best of quality plants as you never know if you will get a tuber, or a bit of a cutting and they charge the same for a bit of cutting as they do for a tuber. Plants tend to be, not always, but often, weak and don’t grow as well – But if it’s a variety that i can’t get elsewhere the cuttings that i take seem to grow fine and i get good plants from those cuttings, it just takes longer to increase my stock of those plants.
Blackmore & Langdon always send out good quality tubers, even if they are a little more expensive. But Blackmores, i think, only have varieties they have raised, so there are some i can’t get from there. However, i think in future i will use Blackmore & Langdon and other growers that are in the Begonia society and send out lists. I will just have to be careful to separate any new plants for a while in case of Vine Weevil or The Mite. The mite has been written about in the society booklet, luckily i haven’t had it so far, and hope i don’t get it, but some growers have had it.
Last year i ordered “Krakatoa” from another grower with a list. “Krakatoa” is an orange bloom, but when it flowered it was red, so must have been labelled wrong – so this year i will have to check all my “Krakatoa” cuttings and take the labels from the red ones as they aren’t “Krakatoa”.
From a different grower, Bellcross and Blackmore & Langdon i have “Mia”, “Sophie”, “Silence”, “Golden Hind”, “Mrs T White” and another “Krakatoa” ordered, so i think i have plenty – i don’t seem to have ordered that many because two of them were ordered and paid for last year, but they had run out, but Blackmore & Langdon were good enough to let me know and leave the order in place for this year.
I also ordered a few Begonia Rex from Dibleys nurseries “Casey Corwin”, “Curly Fireflush”, “Escargot” and “Razzmatazz” I hope some of last years will have lasted the winter, particularly “Fireworks” and “Morning Dew”.
- 31 Dec, 2008
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