Uncommon, costly crops sourced from the Edmonton Membership of Fanatics
EDMONTON – Some Edmonton plant enthusiasts band together to buy rare plants from around the world.
Edmonton Plant Group Orders is a Facebook group that started when plant lover Bonnie McRobb placed an order for 100 plants.
“It was supposed to be a temporary group and I think everyone wanted more after that,” said McRobb.
The group started in February and quickly got busy and permanent. They support their passion for plants by placing large international orders for unique varieties that would otherwise come at a high price.
“We can’t keep up with our hobby, especially with rare plants, when we go to local stores and they cost $ 200-300. If we import plants from Indonesia, they cost $ 30, ”said McRobb.
The group has imported plants of all patterns, shapes, and sizes from countries such as Indonesia, Ecuador, and Thailand.
According to McRobb, when plants are shipped overseas, exporters must provide certification that the plants are disease and pest free. Importers also need a permit to collect the plants direct from Canadian Border Services.
“Sometimes the Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants to inspect them and make sure they are legal crops,” said McRobb.
Not all plants purchased from Edmonton Plant Group Orders are sourced outside of the border. They have also ordered plants from Canada and sometimes even local sellers offering wholesale offers.
According to McRobb, local plant stores are welcome to join the online group if they want to participate in the shopping.
“If you’re a store and have a discount to offer for wholesale prices, feel free to come over and offer that to us because we love deals.”
So far, the company has already spent around $ 100,000 on plants imported from outside Canada. Some members have found a way to make money by reselling their plants and clippings, while others are content to keep their collection to themselves.
“Some people spend their money on purses or shoes or whatever, but we spend our money on plants,” said McRobb.