Wollemia nobilis...any news on timeline for U.S. sales?

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  1. pierrot

    pierrot Active Member 10 Years

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    hello

    I saw 6 (six) at Gardenworks burnaby yesterday (26th April) priced at 169.99. they are about 25-30cm tall. They were on a desk in the tropical area.
     
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    That's a very good price...

    I'm STILL waiting for receipt of my approved CFIA permit to import a Wollemia nobilis from Australia. Phyto and export certificates are looked after by the shipper.

    Maybe with all the delays, the plant'll have grown another 25 cm...

    Paperwork, paperwork!
     
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    Just an update on the Wollemi of mine. About an inch and a half of height, one new whorl of limbs, and working on another whorl. Kia, did you ever get yours?
     
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    Hey carblue...yours sounds happy where it is! The whorls must be beautiful.
    Got that camera workin' yet?

    Mine is still in Australia! Paperwork, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (I have no intention of eating it), and more paperwork.

    I'm hoping to take receipt of the beauty in the next 3 weeks. Will flood the pipe with pics when it arrives...like a proud new parent.
     
  5. Liz

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    Liz, one can already get the Wollemi in the U.S. through National Geographic. They are $100.00. They were approved December 18 of last year. I received mine December 20 here in Texas. They are not very big. Mine was 8 inches. They may be a little larger now. Nevertheless, I'm happy.
     
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    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I saw the National Geographic announcement as well.

    I am pleased they are bringing such joy to the garden world. My dad was very keen to get one but not sure if he managed it before he passed away. I no longer have access to the property to check.

    Liz
     
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    I couldn't hold off posting...My Wollemia nobilis is on its way from Oz...should have it in my hot little hands by Wednesday...maybe Thursday.

    CFIA inspector actually "attends" here! I'm a little worried that import regs require it to be BAREROOT (after Australia's summer). The bona-fide exporter (our own Bruce) wondered why it has to be bareroot when Wollemi Pine (company) exports into Canada WITH SOIL!

    Guess I'll find out.

    Shopping list: batteries for camera (to fill the UBC BG pipe!).

    How does that song go? I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it...
     
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    Hope it gets through okay, but otherwise I did check out the 6 at Gardenworks today and they are all still there. A couple with browning tips but the others looked fine.
     
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    Wouldn't pot up or plant till the inspector examines the plant in the condition it was sent, maybe packed in moist moss.
     
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    Thanks bcgift and chimera...
    browning tips are apparently a common occurrence, and no cause for concern from what I've read and heard.

    The inspector will be present when package is opened. I hope all will be OK.

    Imagine...a plant from the "Gondwana continent" time, travelling airmail to Canada!
     
  12. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hope he doesn't find any pests requiring destruction of the shipment!
     
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    Oh, MichaelF, bite your tongue!
     
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    Kia, if it is any consolation, my Wollemi browned up a bit before spring, but all is well now.
     
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    Glad to hear it carblue...I bet it's gorgeous!

    Just found out that I jumped the gun...tree won't leave Oz until Monday or Tuesday next week earliest. Darn.
     
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    Update...my Wollemia won't arrive from Australia for another 4-5 weeks.
    Snafu in paperwork.

    Good things are worth waiting for...
     
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    hi today i order my Wollemia "baby editions"190'00 euro(gasp) + 11'00 for shipping is an Italian source, when I have Wollemi Pine in my hands i send a pics..any news for cultivations ?alex
     
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    Yes, they're expensive.
    But I remind myself of the history.
    For me it's the significance of having a little tree whose ancestors were likely food for the dinosaurs.

    To care for your Wollemia nobilis:
    http://www.wollemipine.com/care_information.php

    My camera is ready...just waiting for the tree!
     
  19. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    So were most conifers!

    And quite a few angiosperms, too, e.g. Magnolia. Actually, true to say that all current plants had ancestors that were likely food for the dinosaurs . . . just those ancestors didn't resemble their current descendents so closely.
     
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    Which only proves I've bought (hook, line and sinker) the Wollemi Society's hype.
    Effective "spin" from text marketing; lousy distribution system.

    I've already got conifers (and MP beetle), and a Magnolia and a Ginkgo (routinely munched on by deer).

    Hey, MichaelF, did I mention previously that Dr.Susan Murch of UBC Okanagan has a theory that there may not be sufficient carbon dioxide in our atmosphere today to effectively sustain Wollemia nobilis?

    I'll place mine on the patio...where all the hot air generally is! (*grin*)
     
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    Cycads were most definitely food for the dinosaurs, and they have also survived unchanged. Some species have leaves that look remarkably similar to the Wollemia.
     
  22. markinwestmich

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    Save the Wollemi Pine! Belch more CO2 into the atmosphere! ; )
    http://www.4hydroponics.com/grow_room/co2.asp

    I wonder how they survived in that Australian canyon for so long? Perhaps a little genetic adaptation to lower CO2? Although a certain amount of CO2 is needed for any plant to grow, it is my understanding that lower CO2 levels (within reason) will only slow the growth.
     
  23. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Naaah . . . sorry, I don't buy that one!
    Protection from low humidity and wildfire (the latter being a significant factor in the surrounding fire-adapted Eucalyptus forest).
     
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    HI if dinosaurs eat wollemi and cycads and are estintc ,perhaps it was better if they ate meat!I think that the Co2 is more because they solid urban refuse(xxxx)are on the road for many week!! °(^_^)° alex
     
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    If the CO2 thingy were true, maybe it could be a pollution-gobbler, and be planted near industrial areas. (I know...I know, I can dream)
    Maybe it would survive as far north as Mexico?
    Interesting "gut feeling" from Dr. Murch...I wouldn't argue with a PHD (MichaelF...you might have to eat your argument)

    Back to the "marketing issue", the Wollemi Society's update now states:
    Please note that there are two different tree sizes. Due to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulations, Canadian trees have been grown in Canada and are only available for Canadian customers. US trees have been grown in the US and are only available to be shipped in the continental US to American customers. Regulations are very strict in this respect.
    Source: http://www.ancientpine.com/servlet/StoreFront

    The plot thickens...yet again.
    Man, oh, man, Wollemi Society has more "spin" than a prize-fighter's promoter!
     

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