Now is the time to order Pleiones.
The time to order these beauties is now. Fraser's Thimble Farm http://www.thimblefarms.com/ ships more of them in Dec than during the rest of the year. They are located in Canada but will take care of all the paperwork and your package arrives with all the legal documents. No import permit is required. Cities and Phyto sanitary cost $25, same for 1 or 1000 plants, so if you order only one plant it doubles or triples the cost, if you order more, the cost gets diluted.
Pleiones grow in the foothills of the Himalayas , make stunning displays but are not grown well by most people. 98% of them bloom in the spring and require the following care:
If you order some now, they will arrive in a zip-lock bag containing soil and one bulb. Place them near the front of the vegetable drawer of your fridge. They must not freeze which is why the front is safer. This is their home between Thanksgiving and Valentine's day. In mid Feb take them out and pot them up. Start watering and fertilizing as soon as a growth appears. It flowers first, then makes leaves which will drop in late summer/early fall. A cold greenhouse is not required, place them in a shady spot. After it goes deciduous water should be withheld and by end of Nov, early Dec, they go back into the veg drawer to repeat the cycle. By the spring you may notice a new bulb which will bloom in 2 years. You can leave it and make a nice display (SBOE has a large tray with about 50 of them blooming at the same time) or separate it and make new plants.
There are a few which bloom in the fall, I have Pleione precox and Pleione Madera (formosana x precox) both of which bloom near the end of the year. I grow them in cool enviroment and withhold water when they are deciduous. They are the exception.
Since I know very little about the different hybrids, I just asked Fraser at Thimble Farm to send me an assortment of easy, yet stunningly beautiful (wish) ones for a total of $200, all expenses included. He sent me 9 of them including Madera which has a flower forming. Madera is outside in a cool spot and may make it to the our Xmas meeting, the others are in the veggie drawer waiting for spring. The cost of shipping and documentation ate up $50 of the $200.
If interested, now is the time to order, either make your own selection or let him make it, giving him a budget. Try a few at first and if successful expand next Dec. Ahnuld (Our termed out governator) said he won't get any as he has to move his fridge soon.