- Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:27 pm
I have bought many plants from Sarracenia Northwest except their Heliamphoras. I've read repeated reviews praising the quality and hardiness of their Heli's. To me, it's just REALLY EXPENSIVE. Instead I bought a $30 dollar Heliamphora Heterodexa from California Carnivorous. I began looking for a Heli back in August and California Carinivorous didn't have any in stock until October. In the mean time, I literally checked multiple vendors and eBay listings every day. I chose to go with CC because it was cheap and a good size. Plus, after seeing their nursery and where they house the Helis I just couldn't resist. Instead of having it shipped, I picked it up from the store. No shipping shock or root disturbance, and all the other crap they need to recover from. The only thing this Heli had to recover from is my lack of experience.
Heliamphoras always seems to be in stock on eBay sold by multiple sellers with really good reviews. The only problem for me is none of them are buy it now, I sometimes forget to go bid for the plants, or get bided out. This mixture of failures definitely discouraged me. However, I have noticed a decline in demand (total bidders) and supplies (Heli listings) as fall and winter approaches. Bottom line, I"ll never give up on eBay because who knows one day I'll luck out. In the mean time, I wanted a good plant from a reputable nursery because ME BEING A NEWB MIGHT KILL THE PLANT.