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Sequoiadendron giganteum (14 Replies)

Posted July 27, 2017 at 11:02 am

Fred it is the bane of every conehead’s existence that Iseli won’t sell retail. Nohow, never. The ACS Western Region went to visit them in June as part of our regional meeting and even with 100 of us there (who as a group would certainly have met whatever their minimum order is) they would not sell to us. They did give us little plants in 2 1’2″ pots, but that was it. I am guessing that they do not want to in any way compete with their clients. Retailers can get steamed if they find out that a wholesaler essentially cut them out of a sale. Let’s hope that their rep can help! The only other thing that I can think of is to ask someone who has access to ‘Hazel Smith’ like Doug Wilson in the Portland area to send you some cuttings, as I believe this can be grown from cuttings. Someone who knows more about probation of this species should chime in; I may well be wrong.

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Posted July 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

“Fred it is the bane of every conehead’s existence that Iseli won’t sell retail. Nohow, never.”

Sara,

Well, I guess if that’s their policy so be it. I can respect that having been in a similar position selling RV parts but what I think is so wrong – just plain bad business – is their laxness or inability to respond to my e-mails. Sometimes they do but they are inconsistent.

It seems to me that if they really want to sell stuff, they could hook me up with a dealer who can help me. There are NO nurseries in my area. So, surely they ought to be able to hook me up with one of their dealers who is able to ship by UPS. Surely they have a few of those. Or do they?

Regards,
Fred M. Cain

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Posted July 28, 2017 at 6:57 am

Another grower to seek out is Mike and Paulie at Crowfoot Nursery, in Sandy, Oregon. They carry a large assortment of various Sequoiadendron cultivars. They’re a much smaller mom-n-pop type of operation, fairly new, very friendly and eager. I would think they would probably sell directly to the public.
http://crowfootnursery.wixsite.com/trees

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Posted July 28, 2017 at 11:36 am

Dear Editor,

Thanks so much for this lead. I tried contacting this guy and he has been very helpful. Number one, he responded to my e-mail right away – big plus. It is far from certain whether he can get me any Hazel Smiths but he made it clear he’s going to try. If he fails, I might just buy some other stuff from him. Give him an “A” on customer response.

Regards,
Fred M. Cain

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Posted October 23, 2017 at 10:44 am

Still trying to find the Hazel Smith variety of Giant Sequoia. It has been a very frustrating and unfruitful search. Mike at Crowfoot was very helpful but he won’t have any ready to ship until at least another year!

What’s made this quest sooo frustrating is the fact that there are oodles of online nurseries that advertise it on their websites but then we I tried to contact them I came to find out that they don’t really have it after all. Yes indeed, most frustrating! Is Hazel Smith quite simply no longer available? Perhaps it didn’t really live up to what it had been advertised to do.

Regards,
Fred M. Cain

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