Please do not buy seeds from Wish!

Now that sounds like I am being a bit stroppy and unfair on the traders that use Wish but there is a very good reason or reasons.

The first reason is to protect you!

Often the seeds you order from Wish and other Chinese websites like the seeds being offered for sale in the featured image are not the seeds that you will receive.

I have seen countless posts from people ordering seeds and they don’t germinate or are the wrong seeds and again today I saw it on a Carnivorous Plants Facebook group.

This was posted after yet another person posts about Venus Fly Trap Seeds that they purchased from Wish or rather were just charged postage and they are not Venus Fly Trap Seeds.

You pay money, you wait for how ever many weeks it takes to for your grey plastic bag that the Chinese websites use to post and you don’t get what you thought you had.

Hopefully you realise before you try to germinate them and spend weeks peeking to see if they have germinated and I hope that if they are from China, they don’t.

This is why!

Importing plants and seeds is regulated by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, this is to stop people trading in protected species of plants that are endangered but also to stop the spread of disease and invasive species.

Many plants are protected and CITES governs the import of protected species. Just like the trade of endangered animals, plants are also illegally traded and this risks the future of these vulnerable plants.

Then of course there is the risk of importing a seed that carries disease and could then risk our plants and trees. We have seen with AshDieback that a diseased plant imported into the UK can have a massive impact on UK specimens and this can happen through contaminated seeds.

There is also a good chance that the seeds you are planting in the hope of being a Venus Fly Trap or whatever plant you think you are going to grow, they could be invasive and threaten our natural habitats.

Most plants that are legal to keep in the UK or whatever country you live in are quite easy to source online and in the case of the Venus Fly Trap, specialist carnivorous websites like Hampshire Carnivorous Plants sell many varieties and these fascinating plants are also sold in places like B&Q and Homebase.

Please do not buy seeds from Wish!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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