Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Garden City, KS
Well, it's very true, FAN is pretty much the place to get plants from if you are an LFS, or a reseller. Almost any LFS I've ever been in, in FL and in GA, gets their plants from there. You can always tell because the ID tags have the FAN logo on them.
But I've been to Everglades several times and seen their growout tubs, and their emersed-growth greenhouses. Practically all of what they sell, at least what I've put in my aquariums, was grown right onsite. I can also say this because when I purchase FAN plants from the lfs, they even look different than the same plants at Everglades. Though, there is the possibility that they order the plants, then actually take the time to let them adapt to submersed life in their concrete tanks, so that when they sell them they are aquarium-ready.
I'm wondering if maybe it's the pond-plants, the marginals, the lilies and lotuses, that they get from elsewhere? Also, I'm sure, just like any good business would, that they order plants just to please their customers when they are out of stock of something that they normally grow themselves. Who knows.
All I know is that FAN definitely has the best selection. I mean, you can pretty much go into any LFS that carries their plants and tell them to order you whatever you want, from downoi to trademarked crypt varieties. But when you get them, they will probably be in their emersed form, and they don't always look the best. I think that is a direct result of them being so friggin huge, kind of like they are the Walmart of aquatic plants.