Since the beginning of 2017, I’m the distributor for Exotica Plants (EP). I organise an import only once a year for the EU and the UK. People have the opportunity to join this group import. The total costs for CITES certificates, phytosanitary certificates, clearing costs and shipping costs will be divided by the number of participants. The more people participate, the lower the costs.
Exotica Plants is owned by Geoff and Andrea Mansell. They have been breeding Nepenthes for over 20 years and are the world leaders in Nepenthes hybridisation, cultivar selection and breeding. Their quality is amazing and it’s impossible to get the same size and quality in Europe. Please visit their website to see more: http://www.exoticaplants.com.au.
Exotica Plants updates their catalogue at least twice a year (usually February/March and August/September). Please be aware that it takes up to 2 or 3 months before the plants arrive in Europe after an update. As a result, plants arrive in December for the update of August/September and in May for the update of February/March.
The ordering procedure has been changed by Exotica Plants and might be quite confusing and complex for some of you. Below you will find more detailed information:
- Exotica Plants will send me a stocklist of plants. This list will not be published online. This list consists of plants of which Exotica Plants has higher stock levels. All the plants on this list will be available for my import and are guaranteed. After I receive the stocklist, I will send out the list to everyone who is registered on the mailing list. Participants have 7 days to send me their wishlist. First-come, first-served.
- Approximately 7 days later, Exotica Plants will update the catalogue on their website with plants that are available in a lower quantity. These plants can be ordered by every distributor and are not guaranteed. Participants will need to send their requests for plants from the website to me by email and have 7 days to do this. The faster you are, the higher your changes are to get what you want.
- Exotica Plants also has a very popular specimen plant list. These are exceptional plants. All of these variants are unique and there is only 1 plant available of each. The plants from this list are usually sold out in a matter of minutes and are only available on a first in basis. As we can’t wait for requests of participants, I will try to import a selection of around 20 plants from the specimen plant list every update. Exotica Plants will let me know which specimen plants I have for my import and I will send this guaranteed list of specimen plants to participants on the mailing list. Please be aware that there will be only 1 plant of each, so be very fast! First-come, first-served.
- After I receive the total invoice for the import from EP, participants will receive their invoice and will need to pay within 7 days through Paypal or bank transfer. The invoice includes the price of the plants, CITES certificates, phytosanitary certificates, the shipping costs to Belgium, clearing costs in Belgium, shipping and packaging cost to your country and the percentages I take on orders.
If you would like more information about the ordering procedure or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s important to know that you need to be registered on the mailing list if you would like to participate, so sending an email to the mail address above is essential. You will be provided with an information document with all terms and conditions. After agreeing with the details, you will be added to the mailing list.
Below are some examples of the fantastic Nepenthes hybrids and species created by Exotica Plants. These photos are kindly provided by my good friend Andrea L. Bianchi who worked several times at the Exotia Plants’ nursery. Andrea is a botanist and curator at Muse, a beautiful natural history museum in Trento, Italy.
Some of the fantastic varieties of N. platychila grown and selected by Exotica Plants:
A first selection of stunning pitchers grown by Exotica Plants (February 2018):