limits of collection

limits of collection

Postby Gabi_Munich » September 9th, 2019, 1:04 am

Recently there was a good article about why and how to limit the plant collections - thank you Annie Rieck happy03:

https://allaboutafricanviolets.com/2019 ... on-part-i/

https://allaboutafricanviolets.com/2019 ... n-part-ii/
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Re: limits of collection

Postby RaluRalu » September 11th, 2019, 2:57 pm

Nice. Thank you!
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Re: limits of collection

Postby illustrator » September 17th, 2019, 7:37 pm

please use the compost heap instead of the trash can, we already produce way too much trash

by the time you have to look up if you have a certain variety in your collection or not: you have way too many

but, I find that they are pretty much self-limiting: get more and more violets and sooner or later you bring a nasty disease into your collection. Then you lose most or all and you can reconsider how many you really need (to get back).
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Re: limits of collection

Postby Basti30 » September 17th, 2019, 10:27 pm

So I know, by and large, despite 600 plants, which varieties are in my collection. But I also think that you have to make boundaries, when it degenerates into work you should restrict yourself and consider whether you need each variety because many varieties are similar in appearance of the flowers, and many plants mean that you need a good crop protection management to keep the collection healthy.
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Re: limits of collection

Postby illustrator » September 18th, 2019, 9:24 pm

another one: when a plant is flowering, but you still have to look at the label to know which variety it is, you also have too many ...
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Re: limits of collection

Postby Basti30 » September 18th, 2019, 9:40 pm

I do not see it that way since many varieties are similar in the meantime and are very similar to Russian / Ukrainian varieties, But only someone who knows how to compare the sorts and knows many varieties knows this
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Re: limits of collection

Postby illustrator » September 23rd, 2019, 3:33 pm

I had 200+ houseleeks. These plants change their appearance throughout the year: in summer they are all green and very similar to each other. In order to truly appreciate them, I felt that I had to reduce this collection of about 35. I kept a few which have conservation relevance (meaning species plants with known origin and of highly endangered populations) and a few which stood out most to me. I might reduce this collection further, but stepwise, so I have no regrets. One of the points of this is that I really do not want to mix up any of them, a no-name is absolutely worthless. Only when I perfectly know which one is which, I can be sure that I am independent of labels in case labels get lost ( pulled out by kids, animals ...).

I did the same with a collection of clones of the aquatic plant Cryptocoryne affinis. I reduced this from 20 to 4. The ones I have left are 3 with collection data and one which has historic significance. I dumped all no-names (although I will likely never be able to see any of these again in my life). They were all in one aquarium and in the previous situation, I needed to monitor them weekly to avoid then growing through each other (and loosing "identity"). Now, I can relax and appreciate those few, and let them g(r)o(w) a bit.
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Re: limits of collection

Postby illustrator » September 24th, 2019, 11:20 am

I am a bit moody regarding violets because my species collection is crashing with disease for the second time. I overcame cyclamen mites and now have a fungal or bacterial problem which kills all my remaining violets, one by one. I might be violet-less for a while and then restart. I think this might be the only way. This is perhaps the biggest risk from larger collections: you obtain plants from many sources and sooner or later, you obtain something with them, which is killing everything.
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