[Trillium-l] Trillium Research

Tony Avent Tony at plantdelights.com
Fri Jan 16 00:35:42 CET 2015

Growing trilliums from seed and then selling the plants requires two types of research...propagation research and marketing research.  We've worked out the propagation part, and are slowly working on the marketing.  The key is convincing prospective customers that nursery propagated plants are worth the price we must charge, as compared to wild collected trilliums offered in the box stores.  We see sales improving slightly each season, so hope the education trend is continuing.  Because of the long production cycle, nursery propagated trilliums will never be something taken on by a large number of nurseries.

Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
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From: trillium-l-bounces at science.uu.nl [mailto:trillium-l-bounces at science.uu.nl] On Behalf Of Adam Black
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 2:11 AM
To: Trillium Enthusiast Discussion List (and other Woodland plants)
Subject: Re: [Trillium-l] Trillium Research

Tissue culture protocols have been worked out for successfully with many Trillium species and is continuing to be refined at places like Atlanta Botanical Garden, mainly for conservation purposes. This method is expensive and labor intensive, and being that unfortunately Trilliums will always be a niche market it would not in any way be profitable for a nursery to attempt.

The T. maculatum here in the southernmost Gainesville population are currently flowering - but they are a little late this year and their emergence wasn't as synchronized as it usually is. Haven't had time to run up to the FL panhandle to check on our other three native species, but in my garden the T. underwoodii are also currently flowering, with T. decipiens about to open, and up but always last to flower is T. lancifolum.

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From: Charles Hunter <2csh at bellsouth.net<mailto:2csh at bellsouth.net>>
Sent: Jan 15, 2015 1:42 AM
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Subject: Re: [Trillium-l] Trillium Research

Russ: Of course the problem with growing trilliums by nurseries is the number of years it takes to get from seed to flowering plant. Of course there are some sellers who buy and then sell plants dug from the wild, but I doubt if what Fred Case said is really coming true. Surely somebody on this list would have posted something if it were the case.

I PROMISE I do not have any financial interest in Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina, but owner Tony Avent is trying to do several species of trilliums from seed. Of course these are not the western species, which are very difficult in the east. My bet is that he doesn't really expect to retire off profits from trillium sales (he sells LOTS of other stuff) but has an interest in these plants and I see on his website that he now offers several selections of the rare species T. gracile- I have never seen that one offered for sale anywhere before. I know that he is close to offering T. oostingii. Whatever he is doing can certainly be considered cutting edge/research within the context of what Fred Case was talking about..

Not sure tissue culture would make blooming plants sooner than seeds.  No doubt there is interest in trilliums from people who know what they are, but not sure most nursery people will get enthused about a plant that takes that many years to get to blooming stage, at least from a profit standpoint.

Anyhow this is my $ 0.02.

Charles Hunter
Smyrna, Georgia USA z7 (early underwoodii, Gainesville Florida maculatum, some decipiens and one foetidissimum showing in the garden- none blooming)

From: trillium-l-bounces at science.uu.nl<mailto:trillium-l-bounces at science.uu.nl> [mailto:trillium-l-bounces at science.uu.nl] On Behalf Of Russell Graham
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:20 AM
To: Trillium Enthusiast Discussion List (and other Woodland plants)
Subject: [Trillium-l] Trillium Research

Good New Year All!

While things are quiet out in the "garden," I am doing some reading and just ran across the following:

"So great is the interest in trilliums that extensive research programs exist both in the United States and abroad to learn to propagate these plants by seed and by tissue culture methods so that they can be commercially grown for profit without impinging upon wild populations."

It is on page 16 of the Case book Trilliums...published in 1997

So, now that 14 years have passed does anyone have any idea what resulted from the extensive research programs?  Does anyone know what programs either here or abroad the Cases were referring to?

Most Kindly,

Russell Graham, Purveyor of Plants, Salem, OR, Zone 8 (7)

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