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Dragon's Blood Tree (You are bidding on 1000 seeds + professional advice)
(Dracaena draco) Hardiness zone 9 - 11, therefore not recommended for areas that experience heavy frost.
This is a magnificent, fascinating plant of ancient beauty... a living fossil and extremely rare!
Tremendous Commercial Potential in South Africa
Dracaena draco is rapidly becoming one of the most soughtafter sculptural feature plants in modern landscaping worldwide. At first glance, palm - like in form and habit, it is like no other tree. With succulent branches, and strap like leaves, thick smooth trunk and blue-green foliage, even when young, Dracaena draco projects an aura that few plants can match. Some have even called it the "ultimate in architectural planting."
Dracaena draco is endemic to the arid, rocky mountain ranges of the Canary Islands, Madeira and Cape Verde. It is threatened in it's natural habitat, and until recently, has only been present in rare collections and botanical gardens of various countries. In the last 10 years, however, it's popularity has exploded particularly in the warmer areas of U.S.A, New Zealand and Australia.
Judging by the unprecedented popularity of other sculptural plants such as Aloe barbarae, there is sure to be a high demand in South Africa too, both from landscapers and retail nurseries. This presents enterprising growers with an ideal medium to long term investment opportunity.
The name Dragon's Blood Tree has mythical origins: for his 11th labour, so the legend goes, Hercules had to bring back three golden apples from the garden of the Hesperides, which was guarded by Landon, the hundred - headed dragon. Hercules killed Landon and his blood flowed out over the land, which began to sprout 'dragon' trees. (The tree exudes 'dragon's blood' - a red sap, when cut)
For centuries in Europe, the hardened resin of Dracaena draco was traded as 'dragon's blood' and highly valued by alchemists for it's supposed magical and medicinal properties. The ancient Egyptians also used the sap for embalming.
The resin is still used today to produce a unique red lustre varnish used to coat expensive wood, especially that which is used to manufacture musical instruments such as violins. Of course, the main reason for it's popularity today is it's striking form.
Picture above shows seedlings soon after germination (6 leaf stage).
Full cultural (growing) instructions will be given, detailing all steps that should be taken to overcome dormancy, sow and germinate your seed, and grow your seedlings into saleable sizes as well as advice on how to market them.
Ps: I am a qualified horticulturist with over 10 years experience as a professional wholesale grower, and you can therefore always expect to receive only the best plant material, products and advice. I'm always willing to answer questions and offer support, even after a sale. I look forward to growing with you!
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Shipping (South Africa)
Seed orders are sent in ziplock bags, labelled and wrapped in bubble wrap and then placed in a padded envelope. In the case of bulky or sensitive seeds, further reinforcing or a box may be used. In all cases, care is taken to ensure that the package and contents are packed securely.
Our standard shipping method is by ordinary parcel post, counter to counter with tracking number. Insurance is included. The fee is R35 for domestic shipping (within South Africa). Combined orders are accepted if we are notified on the same day as the sale is made.
Shipping days are Wednesday (if payment is received by Tuesday evening) and Saturday (If payment is received by Friday evening).
Due to the fact that bulk seed lots are subject to stricter customs control in many countries, they are occasionally confiscated when imported without import permits and/or phyto-sanitary certificates. For this reason we don't currently export bulk quantities.
Guarantee and Conditions of Purchase
Any plant material or seed supplied by us is guaranteed to be of the variety and quantity advertised and disease free at time of shipping. In the unlikely event of a disease organism or pest being present upon opening your order, you have the option of returning the package to us for a full refund. Please note that you should notify us on the day that the package was opened and the problem was noticed. You will then have 10 days to return the package and it's contents to us.
We cannot however guarantee the success of propagation, cultivation, or sales as these are all beyond our control. The information or advice provided by us is only to be used as a guideline and we encourage you to conduct your own research in addition to ours.
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