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Bulbs

Minor bulbs, actually as I think about it not just minor bulbs but all kinds of bulbs; (are the others major bulbs? I never really gave it much thought), it's a diverse listing whatever you call them. The bulbs we offer are almost all seed raised here at the nursery. It is a very slow business; they often take years just to germinate. In most cases, we have grown them for three or four years before we offer them and they still may be relatively small; even though many may have flowered. Most are rarely offered species with a special charm lacking in the commercial hybrids; and many are extremely rare in the wild. Occasionally this is due to over-collecting. More often, the problem is human pressure; land development, overgrazing, clear-cutting, and agriculture take a much heavier toll. Whatever the reasons for the decline of wild populations, growing and preserving them in gardens may help insure they never become extinct. Our bulbs are seed raised, and since relatively few viruses are seed transmitted, they are very disease free. Many of the imported bulbs can carry virus. There is another advantage to seed raised bulbs, each is genetically different; from a conservation standpoint it is important to maintain the diversity of wild populations; and from a gardeners standpoint the subtle variations of form and color, and possibility of discovering a uniquely different new cultivar is what makes growing seed raised bulbs so interesting. A good analogy is the difference between buying an original oil painting as opposed to a piece of black velvet with Elvis silk screened on it. There are QUANTITY PRICE BREAKS that apply,but only within a species, breaks are as follows 3@___6@___12@___