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Old 03-16-2008, 01:32 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Hey Jason, I ended up FINALLY getting my plants from mantisbee via PRIORITY THREE WEEKS LATER!!!! They did show up in great condition though and maturing plants. Don't like how long they took to get shipped. Took ten unanswered phone calls (and one answered promising shipping over a week and a half ago) and an paypal dispute to FINALLY get them! I'm just glad to get my plants! I'll post pictures later!
Here's a picture of the plants I received, the two bromeliads in the front and there is a tillandsia (air plant) on the deck board. The tillandsia has a pup on it, so that was a + suprise!!!! Kind of even made up for the 'three weeks to ship' shipping turn around time. At least I received good plants! I think they even sent me larger ones than I was suppose to receive since it did take them so long, from the auction pic and description they were suppose to be smaller.

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I wouldn't order from that guy/girl anymore if I were you, thank goodness you actually got the plants you ordered!
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That I can 100% guarantee you wont happen!!!
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Just a reminder. Make sure to "Harden off" your tc's. Treat them like gold.
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Here's a picture of the plants I received, the two bromeliads in the front and there is a tillandsia (air plant) on the deck board. The tillandsia has a pup on it, so that was a + suprise!!!! Kind of even made up for the 'three weeks to ship' shipping turn around time. At least I received good plants! I think they even sent me larger ones than I was suppose to receive since it did take them so long, from the auction pic and description they were suppose to be smaller.

Very nice plants.
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:31 PM   #47 (permalink)
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nice broms. love the colors. glad they finally got there and in great health too.
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Very nice JP! I also have some Broms (a Father's day gift last year from my daughter) but I am slowly killing them off. Can anyone tell me a good website for care instructions? My guess is about 80 degrees, humid, and bright light (but not direct sun). The humidity is the hard part for me.

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Very nice JP! I also have some Broms (a Father's day gift last year from my daughter) but I am slowly killing them off. Can anyone tell me a good website for care instructions? My guess is about 80 degrees, humid, and bright light (but not direct sun). The humidity is the hard part for me.

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Are you making sure the crowns are staying full of water? You don't water them everyday, but you do when their crowns are getting low on water. That is where most of it's water consumption comes from. You might be letting them get too dry and they're drying out. In very hot weather you may have to water them everyday. Also, most species don't like direct sunlight but some wont hurt them (like morning/evening sun for a few short hours), yet there are exceptions, the pineapple for example. The way I've been succesful at figuring out which is which is it seems if they have thorns on the leaves, they like direct sun. Have you had any pups come up from them?

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Here is a site in New Zealand that i get my info from. Before i buy my plants i look here for info, pics etc..

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I live in Zone 5b/6 and, even up here, I've learned the hard way that recently-arrived or small banans need to be slowly introduced to the sun. I thought I'd pass along some things that have worked for me when transitioning them.

Once I plant them in the ground, I use a bit of pine mulch around them and then use old umbrellas to shade them during the main sun of the day. As soon as the period of hot sun passes, I just fold up the umbrellas and set aside for the next day. I also prop up my garden hose on a bucket with a wand attached on a mist setting and let them just get the finest of mist to keep them from stressing but not getting any significant water at once.

Everyone's growing situations are different, but this has worked so well for me, I thought I'd share it in case it might work for someone else.

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Are you making sure the crowns are staying full of water? You don't water them everyday, but you do when their crowns are getting low on water. That is where most of it's water consumption comes from. You might be letting them get too dry and they're drying out. In very hot weather you may have to water them everyday.
I did occasionally but not regularly. The center seems to rot out so I have been hesitant to put water in 'em.

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Also, most species don't like direct sunlight but some wont hurt them (like morning/evening sun for a few short hours), yet there are exceptions, the pineapple for example. The way I've been succesful at figuring out which is which is it seems if they have thorns on the leaves, they like direct sun. Have you had any pups come up from them?
I do have pups on one brug and I think one pineapple.

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I live in Zone 5b/6 and, even up here, I've learned the hard way that recently-arrived or small banans need to be slowly introduced to the sun. (snip) I thought I'd share it in case it might work for someone else.

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I put big black plastic plant containers in front of the plants (and leave them there) so all they get is morning sun, and I let the plants grow taller than them, thus the plants get themselves acclimated to the light. My sprayers are on a timer to hit around the hottest part of the day.
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Okay, some interesting news. I went to my e-bay page and just happened to notice, OMG Mantisbee is no longer a registered member. Man am I so glad that I received my plants from them unlike others it seems! Guess they weren't doing so well!!! Weird, they seemed like such nice people after I HUNG UP AND HIT REDIAL 4 TIMES IN A ROW just to get them to pick up their phone once. LOL
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My sprayers are on a timer to hit around the hottest part of the day.
You do know that watering your plants in the middle of the day could put some plants into shock as they are at the warm temperatures and then suddenly they're being given cold water. That temperature change can be a major jolt for them. You might want to change your sprinklers to more earlier in the day! I'm in zone 10 and wouldn't even dream of watering in the middle of the day... best in the morning up to 11am or after dusk!
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Has it already been brought up that 'Mantisbee' is the seller who sells 'AeAe seeds'?

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Has it already been brought up that 'Mantisbee' is the seller who sells 'AeAe seeds'?

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Yeah, it was... there were questions as to whether or not they were really var. AeAe's.
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i think i have 2 seeds of the white tacca and 1 seed of the grey tacca left. there was a lady who use to grow and sell them on line but she dosent sell them anymore. i wish i had kept the site. her info was still posted on line. she said they were real picky and hard to grow unless you had a gh, and could monitor the temps and humidity. i love tacca just because they are so odd. maybe this summer i will try the seeds i have left, im just not sure the seeds are viable. they said that the seeds should not be dried seeds( they are suppossed to be fresh off the plant) and that it can take 9 months for them to germinate. when my sunroom is finished i migh try again. unless i can find a seedling. nine months is a long time to see a seed sprout and i dont know if i have that many patience. my fav. is the black bat flower, but i would gladly take any of the 3 colors. LOL!!!
Hey Mskitty, There is a website that does sell tacca seeds, but I believe only the white tacca (white bat flower). Her website is Georgiavines Passion Vines Aristolochia Passiflora Hibiscus Seeds. She's located in Georgia (imagine that) and I've bought lots of seeds from her and had great success. Still waiting on my tacca seeds to germinate.

She sends wonderful e-mails and answers your questions freely! She even made one mistake and VERY QUICKLY fixed it no questions asked. The mistake was that she did send the package of seeds with label and everything, but however they package was empty. I asked her, as a joke, if they were the invisible kind of seeds, she laughed and sent the actual seeds out the next day! There was an extra packet of seeds of the same type (musa) that I hadn't ordered stuck to the back of the empty one I did order, I think the two packets were stuck together and she thought the one I ordered was filled with the seeds. I'll definately be purchasing from her again!
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i might see waht she has and might order for fall. i want to get an aquarium so i can set it up as my germination station first. the batflower can take up to nine months to germinate and i want to make sure every condition is right. thanks for the heads up!. i love th ebatflower, catswhiskers, or what ever they are calling it this week. lol1
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I have purchased from georgiavines and found her to be very reputable seller. I bought my ice creams and basjoos from gsawgle and she was great to deal with. Nice looking plants and fast shipping from both sellers.
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You can also visit Georgia Vines Website at Georgiavines Passion Vines Aristolochia Passiflora Hibiscus Seeds
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