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Foresta Orchids

Discussion in 'Orchid Vendor FYI' started by Mat Brutger, Dec 7, 2020.

  1. Mat Brutger

    Mat Brutger Member

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    Hello,

    Has anyone imported from Foresta Orchids before? Their prices are listed in US dollars but I'm not finding much info on their importing process. I know there is far less regulation from SE asian importers so I want to make sure this is a company that follows the rules. Anyone have experience with them?

    Mat
     
  2. Raven

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    I tried. Dozens of emails saying that the CITES will be available "tomorrow". Eight months later the owner suggested shipping without any documentation, when I said this is not an option he just said he stopped responding to my emails.
     
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  3. Mat Brutger

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    Well that's frustrating! Thanks for your feedback. Sure would be nice if they would do things legally, they have quite an amazing species list!
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Having an amazing list is not the same thing as having those amazing plants. They may be a fiction just like the CITES paperwork.
     
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    true! Marni I know you have a lot of importing experience, what Asian vendors have you found most reliable? PNG dendrobiums and bulbos are my thing and I’m on the look out for sources
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I am doing less importing and more often shop with foreign vendors when they are in the US. I've been a customer of Dan Chong of Far East Agriculture since I first met him in 2008. He doesn't ship, so you have to wait until things open up and he comes back to the US. A lot of the things I saw on Foresta's list I have seen on the list from Tropical Exotique. He has a lot of seed grown plants and also divisions and he does ship during the pandemic. His plants are really nice. I order some things from Wenqing Perner a couple of times a year. I shop with Ten Shin Gardens when I see him at shows.
     
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  7. Matthew Speights

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    Matt, I tried, too. Similar experience to Raven, although I didn't get as far. Their stuff looks fantastic, and I'm after New Guinea plants, too, so I was interested at first. But, it felt "too good to be true." I discussed with Andy, and he's pretty sure many of their orchids were wild collected. Given the really bad political situation and hunan rights abuses in Indonesian-occupied New Guinea, I don't want to contribute to exploitation of Papuan nationals.
     
  8. Mat Brutger

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    Right there with you, I’ve abandoned the idea of importing from them. So disappointing to see things like this.
     
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