Recently, we have just bought some adenium seeds from Mr. Ko, a seller from Taiwan. You may be checking out this seller and considering whether he is a trustworthy vendor or not. Let us share with you the insights from our very own experience.
Getting the seeds
Buying the seeds is pretty straightforward. Mr. Ko owns a shop on eBay, which you can look at if you love to have some fun with the auction feature.
We have just been informed that the eBay store is currently inactive due to some policy changes. Luckily, he still has a Shopify online store.
They have hundreds and thousands of choices that you can choose from. Literally, you may feel overwhelmed. But here are some quick tips to get around the jungle:
|If you want||Then choose|
|Popular, easy care desert roses||Adenium Obesum|
|Big, fat, chubby caudex||Adenium Arabicum|
|Long, straight, tree-like trunk||Adenium Somalense|
If you’re unsure of the different varieties, check the pictures on the website or head over to this detailed Adenium Species List compiled by us to learn about the exact differences for yourself.
Um, after looking around for some time, we ordered one giant Adenium Arabicum Brazilian, one Noble Concubine of the Obesum family, and one Arabicum Tiny Ding Dong. Compared to the market average, their price is acceptable.
As a side note, I actually didn’t know the other meaning of “ding dong” before hitting the order button. So, you see now we have a family of tiny ding dongs and some concubines. Great!
Now, let us share with you the shipping fees & all that next:
The shipping fees & Delivery
Shipping costs $4 bucks flat rate. The delivery time depends very much on where you are located and the date of the week you place your order.
For folks living in the Asian region, if you place the order near the start of the week, say Monday or Tuesday, then you will receive the package in around 7-8 business days (excluding Sat & Sun).
Note also that they do have a turn-around time from 1-3 days. If you live in the U.S. or other countries in Europe or Africa, then it might take more than one business week for the parcel to arrive.
For us, the delivery was faster than expected. Almost forgot, they will send you a tracking code on the Taiwan Post website to track your shipment & see whether there is any "hiccups" along the way. Be sure to switch to English if you don’t understand Chinese.
Now, it's the moment everyone has been waiting for...
What’s inside the package?
Our package arrived on Nov 5 2019. So that’s about a week after ordering. Pretty quick for international shipping, isn’t it?
What’s cool about this store, I think, is that they complete all the paperwork– all the not so sexy stuff–with the Plant Health Department before exporting.
This way, we can be sure that our receiving end will get the package without any more checks or clearances.
Inside the bag, you will find the Health Inspection Paper and also an invoice. They are in Chinese and English, which you can have a look if you like.
But the main star of our story right here is the seeds. They arrived safe and sound. Nicely packaged in Ziploc bags with name tags inside. The seeds look clean, dry, and are in good conditions.
Okay and... now what?
So now you get the seeds and then what? We asked Mr. Ko for his advice and got some very valuable information.
If you buy the seeds around the wintertime, you need to check the weather forecast for the next 7-10 days. If it’s probably going to rain or snow, then it’s not a good time for sowing.
If, however, the weather will be nice and sunny for the next 10 days, then your seeds are ready to be sown.
Storing the seeds
For the seeds that are not ready to be out in the wild yet, we need to store them properly.
Find a glass jar or a mason jar in your kitchen, preferably the one with an airtight lid. Place your seeds in the jar. For better protection from moist or water droplets, put in some desiccant.
Put the jars somewhere dry and dark. The cupboard in the kitchen is a good place. Also, be sure not to store them in places that are too hot. Keeping the temperatures below 86F or 30C would be awesome.
After the rainy or cold season passes, you can start to sow your seeds. It’s best to use them 3-6 months after storage. Because the older the seeds get, the more it can affect the germination rates.
Here's an Instructable post showing you how to save the desert rose seeds similarly:
Would I Recommend Mr.Ko Adenium Seeds?
Overall, would we recommend Mr. Ko? Yes, most definitely. We are satisfied with the price, the delivery, and especially the seeds. They also provide great tips on sowing and cultivating the plants. We were actually surprised to get an email at 7 in the morning from them answering one of our concerns.
All in all, we had a pleasant experience and can’t wait to get our babies rocking. I’ll keep you posted on the process. If it turns out well, I’ll definitely be coming back for more. Hope this was helpful for your consideration! Cheers & have a great day.
(Psst: Our post on how to start desert rose from Mr.Ko seeds has been featured on Instructables. We're so excited to share this with you.)
Print out this simple, step-by-step guide to make your own DIY version:
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