I recently published the following article titled, Purchasing Plumeria
Cuttings Plants And Seedlings On Ebay. I thought this article might be
helpful to some interested in the subject. The article also applies to
plant purchases in general....
Purchasing plumeria cuttings, plants and seedlings on Ebay can be an
exciting adventure, but unfortunately it can end up as a very
frustrating experience if one doesn't know what to look for.
After locating cuttings, plants or seedlings one likes, the buyer should
take a look at the *vendor's positive feedback*
which is shown as a
percentage. It should be *close to or at 100%*
Directly below the positive feedback is the *feedback score*
the number of actual positive responses the vendor has received from
buyers. This number reflects the number of products sold to customers
who provided positive feedback per items purchased. The higher that
number is reflects the vendor's reliability to provide quality products
on a consistent basis.
PLUMERIA CUTTINGS, PLANTS[/B] AND *SEEDLINGS*
ARE OFFERED FROM *VENDORS
ON EBAY WITH THE MAJORITY BEING LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES
AND SOUTH EAST ASIA, FOR EXAMPLE MALAYSIA AND THAILAND.
UNFORTUNATELY, SOME VENDORS FROM SOUTH EAST ASIA HAVE GIVEN A BAD
REPUTATION TO THE REGION IN GENERAL AS THEY WERE SELLING POOR QUALITY
PLUMERIAS TO EBAY CUSTOMERS. BUT THIS SHOULD NOT KEEP ONE FROM
PURCHASING FROM VENDORS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AS LONG AS THEY SHOW A
POSITIVE FEEDBACK CLOSE TO OR AT 100%.
READING THE *LATEST POSITIVE FEEDBACKS*
LEFT BY PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS ALSO
IS A HELPFUL TOOL WHEN MAKING THE DECISION TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY FROM A
SPECIFIC VENDOR. THIS IS FOUND ON THE MERCHANT'S HOMEPAGE LOCATED RIGHT
BELOW THE POSITIVE FEEDBACK AND FEEDBACK SCORE.
*FOLLOWING ARE SOME TIPS FOR PURCHASING PLUMERIA CUTTINGS, PLANTS AND
SEEDLINGS ON EBAY.
Only buy if you're able to see a [b]picture* of what is being offered to
When viewing pictures of *dark blue*
or *purple plumeria flowers*
buyer should know that most of these pictures are produced using
and the colors of the flowers have been altered. Generally
speaking, there are no known dark blue or purple colored plumeria
During certain months of the year, especially from April to July, rooted
plumeria plants with *visible inflorescences*
, flower stalks, are
offered. If an inflorescence has already opened flowers, the developing
buds and inflorescense may be lost after the plant arrives at its new
destination and is planted in a climate different from its origin.
Shipping stress may be another contributing factor for the loss of the
buds and inflorescence.
If the inflorescence has emerged only a short way, it may or may not
continue to develop in its new home due to the above mentioned reasons.
Showing a *tennis ball*
next to the plant offered gives the
buyer a clearer perspective to the actual size of the plant he or she is
thinking about buying.
Check on the *shipping charges*
which should be reasonable depending
from where the cuttings, plants or seedlings are being shipped from. One
can compare the shipping charges from other Ebay vendors in the same
area for a perspective of what would be considered reasonable.
Question phrases, like *very easy to grow*
. Each plumeria has its own
characteristics, and when adjusting to a new non tropical temperate
growing zone the plumeria has to face new challenges to root, flower and
If the vendor offers a *return policy*
, it should be read very
carefully. The buyer can contact the vendor with an email for any
One has to be leery of purchases that offer *free phytosanitary
and *free shipping*
there is a cost for each inspection certificate and, of course, shipping
and handling charges. Any shipment of plumerias coming to the United
States or Canada needs to have properly executed inspection
certificates. One may contact the local Customs office or visit their
website to find out what forms and procedures need to be followed.
Some foreign vendors include a *disclaimer notice*
on their Ebay page
stating that they are not responsible for any cuttings or plants
confiscated by Customs agents.
Sometimes a picture of the mother plant is placed next to the picture of
. The buyer is interested in purchasing the plumeria
seedling which is the item that the seller is actually offering to sell.
Placing the pictures next to each other can bring about confusion.
The buyer may come to the belief that the flowers of the seedling will
look the same as the mother plant. This is not the case. *One unique
characteristic of plumeria seedlings is that they never grow and develop
to look exactly the same as the mother plant.*
When purchasing plumeria seedlings the buyer needs to make sure he or
she understands these points of confusion by carefully reading the
seller's description to know what he is selling and what is being
purchased. The buyer needs to know that the picture of the mother plant
does not suggest that the seedling is going to be an exact replica of
the mother plant when fully developed and grown.
The buyer can consult with family members, friends or other gardeners he
or she knows and ask them if they have ordered from a particular vendor
and what their experience was.
In conclusion, it can be said that Ebay is a great place to shop for
anything, including plumeria cuttings, plants and seedlings if one
follows guidelines on how to choose a reputable retailer.
Copyright © Bob Walsh