Seed from Jim and Jenny Archibald

Paul Tyerman ptyerman at OZEMAIL.COM.AU
Fri Jun 29 00:54:49 CEST 2001

Howdy All,

Just in case anyone is interested......

I received the two other emails below privately and thought they were worth
sending the contents to let others know of more problems with the Archibald

Out of interest has nyone had good success with their seed?  I haven't had
even one good report yet.  Not a good sign.  At least it sounds like their
other seed is better quality than the Arisaemas.


Has anyone contacted them to complain about the viability of their seed?
They may not realise that their seed are so poor.  They must lose a lot of
customers if their seed is so bad.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia

Hi Paul, regarding your question about Archibald seeds, I had bad results
(as in NO germination!) with the only three packets that I ever bought from
them. They were Arisaema yamatense var sugimotoi, Arisaema elephas and
Dracunculus vulgaris var. creticus. This happened three years ago, and they
still send me their seedlists to this day. I have often been tempted to try
them again, then I remember how much I paid for those three packets! I'm
sure this wasn't the kind of news that you wanted to hear....

I too have had extremely bad germination rates with seed I purchased
earlier this year (soon after their 2001 list came out) from J&J
Archibald. I know it is not the way I germinate seed, as I have had
plenty of seed do just fine using the Deno method. I chalked it up to
old seed or something along those lines. Unfortunately, I look at it
as loosing $$$$ and time. Just thought I would let you know you are
not alone.

Most of the seed rotted and very little did germinate. I would say
maybe 10-20% of the dozen or so lots I purchased from them.

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