More Aloes, Just What I Need
I guess I'm addicted to trying out South African succulents that are borderline for this climate (sometimes a bit too cold, and way too wet).
I ordered about 35 new Aloe species seeds this year from 4 vendors.
1. Silverhill Seeds (http://www.silverhillseeds.co.za/)
2. Eurica's Aloes, from seeds to the garden (GardenWeb Forum does not allow listing of this Web address due to anti-WebSpam policies)
3. Mesa Garden (www.mesagarden.com)
4. Penrock Seeds (http://www.penroc.co.za/pages/newslet1103.htm).
There is no doubt about it, I like Aloe. Silverhill and Eurica get my votes for best Aloe seeds and info, with Mesa Garden nearly as good. Mesa Garden gets my vote for widest selection of succlents in general, with best provenance information.
Penrock Seeds is a special case. For sure they are the most expensive (by far), but they do offer Aloe seeds that I have not found anywhere else (including certain grass aloes). They are difficult to deal with if you don't want to send funds via the Post Office, or if you balk at intercontinental bank drafts ($35 to $50 USA). They don't take credit cards, and unlike the other 3 vendors Penrock does not accept PayPal payments.
All the seed, from all the vendors, has germinated well. As usual, there are some misses, but such is the way of seeds.