Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

It seems the Pseudolithos migiurtinus I ordered earlier this month have finally arrived.  I’m really starting to enjoy mail-order plant hunting. Unusual specimens from far out lands, quite often at a bargain you can’t find at home. I like supporting local business, but who’s growing Pseudolithos in town? Not me… Not yet…  After successfully ordering a Miracle fruit tree from Thailand a couple months ago, I thought it’d try it again with these little guys. So far so good, and this one even had free certification.

Getting plants in the mail is the most satisfying gift to yourself.

I’ve been reading about Pseudolithos for quite some time now and I’ve been biding my time to get my hands on one. This auction came up with a set of two for $15.00 US plus shipping. Seemed a bargain to me, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

They arrived in near immaculate condition, being in transit for over 3 weeks, these guys are a long way from home.

While these photos were taken in a bit of an excited rush, you get the gist of why these plants are so cool. Much like a lithops but totally unrelated, these plants look like living rocks. In time they send out the strangest stepalia-esk stinky flowers and look like eggs from mars. Cultural requirements can be a bit difficult to replicate, but I’m hoping for the best. They enjoy regular watering, but like to dry out in between, and lots of light and heat. Improper care will turn them into expensive mush. I’ve read they grow well under lights on a heating pad, so that’s where they ended up. I’ll update you all in a couple weeks once they get “plugged in”.

Ordering plants online is easy, and if you live in the same country as where the grower lives, even easier. One must be careful about ordering  plants on eBay as sometimes vendors pray on your lack of information. I’ll be nice today and not name any names, but there are lots of vendors selling “rare” plants that are actually pretty common. A couple vendors in particular have learned how to market their less then rare specimens into something much bigger and better. As I learn more about the sliding scale of rarity these plants hold it’s laughable to think people are paying what they do. Type in rare plants into eBay and you’ll get quite a list, little did you know they sell the same thing down the street for a fifth of the price. Rookie mistake Mr nobody. Before buying expensive rare plants on eBay, do your research, scour the Internet and learn more about what your buying. A lot of off the beaten path online mailorder nurseries will ship to you for a whole lot less. Make sure you don’t get caught up in the excitement of the auction, keep an eye out for a good deal, and bid late not early. I don’t like to let my intentions known until 30 seconds to closing.

To all my great plant geeks, a link to my latest favorite weird succulent vendor. Visit ccts-crazy‘s online store. But first! Hide your credit card…. 🙂

6 Responses to Ordering Plants On Ebay : Pseudolithos migiurtinus

  • Ruth Joyner says:

    I have just looked at your plants and I would love to have some the the plants that you have posted.
    Where will I be able to purchase them? You have a lot of beautiful plants.

  • Frank R Carnivale says:

    I love ordering plants through the mail. But you are right- you have to do your own ressearch. I do ebay but sometimes I think things are just not right. I definitely feel a lot of shill bidding goes on. Ebay says they take steps to curb it but I don’t know- that would also curb their fees too. Buyer beware of course.

  • Ian Cooke says:

    You are lucky to get the right paperwork – phytosanitary certificate and so on! I once had a load of rare Brugmansia sent to the UK from the USA without paperwork and Customs seized them and refused to release into quarantine. They quoted illegal import and destroyed – so sad!

  • Thomas says:

    this is my 2nd winter with a P. migiurtinus. I paid $15(US) for one so I’d say that’s a good deal. I’ve been growing it along with some other succulents under 23w (100w equivalent) CFLs – bright and warm. Mine was blooming about once/twice a month, and I started to wonder if that was a bit too much, so I moved the lights up a little to let it rest. Mine is in the same 2-1/2″ pot so I’m thinking don’t overpot. Mine had seedpods when I got it, sadly the seedlings didn’t make it. This summer when it blooms, I’m going to put it outside on my window sill and see if it attracts any pollinators. I think the seeds would be good for trading. Good luck.

  • Mark and Gaz says:

    It is always pleasant to get plants in the post, that excitement of opening them up and seeing what has arrived. However as you mention there is always the risk of a vendor sending the wrong thing or charging too much.

    Looking forward to seeing the new plants all potted up!

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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.