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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-14-2018, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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what kind of plants can't you find....

So I just tapped out half of my 401k to finish purchasing what I needed for a TC lab. My undergrad degree was plant biotech, worked in research TC and molecular biology labs for 3yrs. I've already acquired all the capital equipment prior to taking this money out to launch my own TC plant company. It's happening, ik the risks, the requirements, the works, etc etc. It's the reason I went to college, and it's why working in semiconductors is making me miserable and I'm doing it now.


I have several species in mind to start with. My question is, as I slowly scale up and start adding more plants to my catalog, what species do other users have a hard time finding in TC cups that you would either like to see more availability of, or see available as TC plants that are not currently available as such. What unique/hard to find/desirable plants would you like to be able to buy (or find as in-stock easier)?
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Welcome to TPT.

Good for you and best of luck.

My biggest issue with TC plants is the cost: for $10 I can get 3 species of stem plants, with ~ 10 4"++ stems.

There are undeniable bennifits to TC, but it is still a nitch market within a nitch hobby. Plant / cost wise, rosette plants like anubias and swords and crypts would certainly get my interest. Exotics / endangered species would be next.

IMHO, an average consumer gets attracted to color. Plants like multi-colored swords, Limnophila, rotalas would stand out on the shelf. If you don't need a microscope to see individual plants in the cup, so much the better.
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Aye. It was actually the cost that redirected me from what my business was going to be, one I'd been working on but not willing to tap retirement for, into this. My C. flamingo... was $30. Little cup of christmas moss $10 bucks a pop. And they can't stay in stock. So I'm working a job I have no interest in, with the skill and experience to be doing it myself. So... I am. The benefit is they're sterile and don't have eggs or bacteria in them. We.... we have lost tanks in our home to things in the past. I had myco outbreak that killed everything. We got anchor worms. Dealt with more than a few cone snail takeovers. So now I try to buy TC when possible, saves me having to do potassium permanganate dips and staining my hands purple for a week. I'm willing to spend a few bucks extra to protect my tanks.

I was thinking anubias myself. And my current build project (which I am going to make a thread over on DIY showing where I'm up to) in my living room... I'm stocking with the typical carpets, but also ordering in rare and hard to find plants. Erio, C. flamingo, some of the orange rotalla, weird colored grasses. I've got 35g of real estate. I'm going to make it not only look cool for US, but use it as a source of plants that is right in my living room for as I want to add new plants to the catalog as I start out. I'm going to have to test things with anubias to see if you can use hormones to accelerate their growth in culture without stressing them and killing them.
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You can find any plant on TPT: check out WTS section of the forum.
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Just a couple thoughts here on the business side of things.

I would stick to hardy plants to start until the brand name is well known. Sometimes people don't do their research, and somehow it becomes your fault which is then posted on forums, Facebook, Yelp, or wherever else they can leave negative feedback. A TC of Syngonanthus sp. Rio Uaupes dropped in liquid rock tap water with no ferts or CO2 will die so fast that it must be your fault...

Second, I'd look for a niche that you can differentiate from other TC vendors. For example, Bucephalandra are hardy, eye catching, and the naming convention is terrible - might be something you can capitalize on. There are very few of these out there, and they are highly desired by shrimp keepers due to low nutrient demand. If you can guarantee no bad bacteria or diseases make it in a shrimp tank, many would pay extra for that. Not sure if you can accelerate their growth, but that would be a bonus.

Good luck to you!
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Cool! follow your heart but have a plan B.

Here are a few garden plants that have room for more TC

Cypripedium and other Orchids from Hillside Nursery - Lady-slipper Orchids and Select Woodland Wildflowers

Double Flowering Hepatica, Japanese Hepatica

Note the prices. These 2 places are already selling out for the season.

These 2 places are pretty much it for those 2 plants and their cultivars in North America.
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35 and counting. (Only 28 here. Others didn't fit on that's shelf. Contamination free and growing.

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