Post by unclemasa on Jun 25, 2009 21:07:27 GMT -10
We now have a retail outlet in Hilo. Paradise Plants (Home and Garden Center) is one of the more interesting garden outlets on the Big Island. Not only do they offer a nice selection of tropical plants but they are also import and retail art objects and furniture from Indonesia and Thailand.
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2009 21:18:29 GMT -10 by unclemasa
Post by rainforest on Jun 30, 2009 8:24:32 GMT -10
Wow, very nice! maybe you also could post some laminated color photo banners and sell rolled banners for those who can't grow them but want something to take/give when they return.
For retails sales, having an illustrated poster of a pseudo-venus fly trap monster would increase sales. I see them use it for the teeniest Venus fly trap cups when seen at the garden centers and I bet this helps sell them too!
You mean big stuffed monsters and plastic dinosaurs ( .. a la California Carnivores)?
I think this kind of stuff is better suited to the carnivorous plant marketing where you sell flytraps, etc. and market to terrarium growers and kids.
This seems to be the traditional market model for Nepenthes sales and it works fairly well for some retailers. On the other hand, I am not interested in marketing in this fashion. I think that having been coupled with carnivorous bog plants has, in fact, lead to much of the false mythology about Nepenthes being hard to grow. I don't even like to sell to kids. The idea that they will take the plant home, put it in a stuffy glass box and fill the pitchers with hamburger really turns me off.
I am more interested in marketing to adults, in converting orchid growers to Nepenthes growers and in promoting the idea that Nepenthes are tough, fascinating and beautiful, tropical plants that, especially with hybrids, are easy and rewarding to grow in a fairly wide range of natural conditions.