Where do you get your plants from?
Friends & Collectors
Most of my plants come from other collectors and friends. I typically do a lot of networking, and befriend other people in the hobby. Then I either trade with them or buy from them. See the Networking Tips info, a bit down this page.
Online Specialty Nurseries
I occasionally buy from online specialty nurseries and sites that sell plants for terrariums, vivariums, aquariums, and so on. Sometimes you’ll be able to track down some sources by doing an online search for these topics, or even for the plants you are looking for.
Exporters / Importers
Rarely, I will order from plant exporters in other countries, or from importers that bring things in from other countries. When importing, it’s extremely important to understand the laws in your location, and to have the proper permits. Illegal and shady practices when importing are likely to bring heavier restrictions and policing in the future, so please be as responsible as possible, and help spread the word.
Plant and Supply Sources (USA)
Check out the Resources page (Doesn’t contain a lot of plant sources yet, but there are a few good ones)
To find all of these people and sources, and to build friendships and networks, takes a lot of time and work, but it’s worth it. Many of my sources are personal and private, and therefore I can’t give out their information. However, I can offer some suggestions to help you in this journey.
One of the best ways to build your own personal network is to join forums, groups, and other online communities, that are about terrarium plants, vivariums, and so on. Some of these even have sales and auctions. You can also send private messages to people and strike up a conversation. Try Facebook, Reddit, Dendroboard, and other sites where communities hang out.
You can also search online for the plants you’re looking for, and if the search turns up any companies or individuals that have them, you can contact those people to inquire (and perhaps create a new network connection!).
The more involved you get in the hobby and the more time and energy you put into it, the more you’ll start to build up a great list of sources and friends. The key is to be patient, let it happen naturally, and find people who resonate with your interests and personality, so genuine friendships can form.