February 17th 2013.
Due to the fact that we are moving house in the period between 1 march and 1 may 2013 it might be difficult to visit us in that period as we will have little time to receive visitors. We hope for your understanding.
5th Augustus 2012
We are pleased to announce STC will be present on the BCSS National Show in Godmanchester, United Kingdom, on 18th August 2012. We will have a limited space of about 13 tables (unfortunately much less then the previous show), so we won't be able to bring the whole range of plants we produce. therefore it can be wise to pre-order your plants in order not to be disappointed if we don't bring these standard with us.
For those customers who would like to make an order which we can bring with us, please note that this can be done UNTILL saturday 11 August due to show and travel preparations. So please send in your weborders which you want us to bring for you before that date.
Beside that, any other weborders made after 11th August will only be handled after 20th August. So please keep in mind that any other orders made after 11th of August can only be handled and shipped after 20th August.
7th June 2012
We would like to inform our customers that between june 13th and june 19th STC will be closed and orders will not be handled in that time. You can place your shop-orders, but we will only handle them after 19th of june.
Thank you for your understanding.
2nd May 2012: Forthcoming exhibitions and shows in 2012
We are pleased to announce that STC will take part in 2 shows in the summer in 2012; first the Polish Succulent Society helds a show in Warsaw on 16 and 17th june were STC will take part with a range of our plants. We look forward to meet all our Polish customers at this great event.
Then on august 18th 2012 we will take part in the National Show of the BCSS, in England with a great range of our plants.
We look forward to meet all those interested in one of these occasions.
Finally we will open our doors of our sales greenhouse prior, during and after the ELK-Blankenberge is held. In 2012 the ELK will be held on 7-8-9 september and as STC is not far from that we welcome all interested visitors to our place in Sint-Maartensdijk, Netherlands. By car it is just over an hour driving from Blankenberge to us. We will be happy to see you on any of the dates between 6 to 10 september at our greenhouse after a short notification that you are planning to come. Please note that we won't be at the ELK ourselves !!
You will be able to see our total range of plants (in contrast to the small selection we used to show at the ELK) and have a free cup of coffee or tea. If you intend to come, please inform us with an email.
We look forward to meet you on any of the above occasions in the summer of 2012.
28th October 2011 Postage rates
Starting from 1st of january STC will have to make adaptations at the postage rates; all the sources we use have increased their prices substantially over the last 3 or 4 years, were STC has kept all the time the rates the same. However, at this stage we are loosing a lot of money as most shipments have become much more expensive then we charge.
The new pricing system will mean that small orders will pay the basic (smaller higher) amount then previously, the large order will pay relatively less then now. We also might differentiate between the several EU-countries; we have now a general EU-price, however shipping to -for instance Malta, Greece or Portugal is much much more expensive then to Belgium, France or Germany; so we investigate a more fair system in which the customer pays the postage fee according to where he/she lives. The new rates will be published on our webshop under terms once they are know.
HAWORTHIA SOCIETY CONVENTION 2011
We are pleased to announce that STC will be present on the 11th Haworthia Society Convention Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd October 2011 in Leicester, United Kingdom, with a very nice selection of supreme, rare Haworthias and Aloes for sale.
All participants that do make a booking now will also receive a gift-voucher in the value of euro 15,= to be spend during this convention (not transferable and non refundable in cash).
Robert Wellens will give 3 lectures during this 11th convention, which celebrates 25 years of the Haworthia Society; 1 lecture about the in vitro cultivation of rare Haworthia's, 1 on the in vitro culture of rare Aloe's and one follow-up lecture on the induction of variegation into Haworthia and Aloe.
We kindly invite you to take part in this wonderful event; more details can be obtained through Stirling Baker (email@example.com) or on the website www.haworthia.org
STC has been busy the last few days to sort out the fyto issue with the USA and there is a big chance that the Dutch Agric. Inspection Authorities are willing to standard add the sentence concerning Potato Cyst Nematode free shipments.
So the decision we had to make 3 days ago (see below) might soon be changed into again possible export to the USA. If your are in the USA and want to order plants, please contact us before actually ordering and paying; we might get the approval soon of changing the fyto text according to APHIS laws.
STC has decided to stop export to the USA for this moment. Due to absurd conflicts with USDA offices cliaming fytosanitary certificates are wrong or incomplete, there is a huge delay and therefore decreasing of plant quality. We are truly sorry for our USA customers but we (temporarily) will stop any official export of our material to the USA.
Please note that STC is closed for any visitors between august 29th until september 26th for all visitors. During that time we are preparing for several exhibitions in Europe and unfortunately we cannot receive any visitors during this period.
Thanks for your understanding
JULY 4th 2011
Please note that between july 4th and july 13th we cannot handle any webshop or email orders because we are present at the Malaga Plant Show in Benalmadena, Spain. You can still send in your orders but processing will only take place after july 13th. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to see our Spanish clients in Benalmadena upcoming weekend !
JUNE 2nd, 2011
Please note that STC is closed between 9 june and 21 june 2011 !
Any orders or emails that come in during this period will only be handled after june 21.
Sorry, but we cannot receive any visitors during this period.
APRIL 7, 2011
Please note that STC is closed between monday 11th April 2011 and wednesday 20th April 2011. Orders can be placed by the webshop but will only be handled after april 20th.
January 17th 2011
We are happy to announce that from now on STC has a few selected variegated plants for sale at a fixed price in our greenhouse for those customers who visit us after having made an appointment.
It is very important to know we like to receive our valued customers but only by appointment as we are dealing with laboratory work as well and we wish to give you all the time you need to look around.
In case you come, any group or coach is welcome, you will be able to see and buy our range of selected variegates at a fixed price (no reductions and no wholesale) in all price categories. This service has been asked to us many many times and we hope therefore to meet the demands of our valued visitors.
For making appointments, please send us an email but be aware of the fact that during february-may 2011 we already have booked full a lot of dates and that we are closed between 11 and 19 april 2011.
January 16th 2011
It is a pleasure to announce specially our Spanish customers that we will participate in the Cactus and Succulent event in Cheste (Spain) on 15-17 april 2011. We will bring a very small selection of plants, probably bare rooted as we travel by plane. During this show - from 12 to 19 april 2011- the STC greenhouses will be closed and no appointments can be made for visitors.
Concerning those people that have subscribed for the newsletter; many of the newly subscribers have NOT yet activated their subscription by clicking on the link in the email they get after subscribing. This means you WON'T get the newsletter as we are not allowed by law to send newsletters to those who have not finished subscribing for it as by Dutch law this means sending SPAM.
In case you want to receive our newsletter, please activate it by clicking on the link in the email you receive after subscribing (and don't forget to put our emailaddress firstname.lastname@example.org on the white list of spam).
July 29th 2010 IMPORTANT NEWS.
From 9 august 2010 until 17 september 2010 STC is closed for any visitors!
This is due to internal arrangements and prepairing activities for shows.
Please be aware of the fact that between these days we cannot receive any visitors, not in the lab and not in the greenhouse.
Any appointment has to be made prior or after this period.
Orders through the webshop can still be made during this period!
We thank you for your understanding.
Secondly we would like to ask all customers/people who have sent us an email in the last few days (july 28-29) to re-send their emails when they do not get a reply from us because due to a huge spam overloading activity many emails were spammed and deleted. So in the case you contacted us by email and did not get a reply, please re-send your email.
We do excuse for any inconvenience caused and are working on handling to huge flow of spam.
April 26th 2010 Short closure of STC
Between april 28 and may 8th STC is partially closed; orders can still be made but handling of them will take a little longer as usual. Visits during this period are not possible.
Thanks for your understanding.
November 26th 2009
To our customers in Switzerland;
We can ship you plants without fytosanitary certificate now from all non-CITES plants. Please check at www.cites.org to see the current list of all app. CITES I, II and III. It includes Euphorbias, Aloes and Cactaceae which we still only can send to Switzerland with a fyto. All other non-CITES plants, like Haworthias, can be shipped without it.
September 24 th 2009 Closure of STC during week 40
We inform you that starting from today friday 24th of September until monday 5th October STC will be closed. All orders made during the last few days and within the next week (week 40) will be handled in week 41 after Monday October 5th.
We hope for your understanding.
August 18th 2009
Today we started our 2nd august special and variegate plant auction which will end on august 29th 2009 at 12.00 hours Dutch European Continental Time.
Feel free to browse through the auction page and if you decide to join we wish you good luck with bidding.
Note that account holder can set a hidden bid when logged-in.
July 29th 2009
Today we started our next special variegated plant auction which ends on august 8th at 12.00 hours Dutch Continental EU Time.
July 4th 2009
Today the new july auction will start. It will end on saturday 11th july at 12.00 hours Ducth Continental summer time.
May 21 st 2009
Our last auction ended last saturday and we are pleased to announce that we will start our next one in a few days, whit and ending date on MAY 30 at 12.00 Dutch Continental Time.
Please note that people who subscribed for the newsletter will receive soem previews of the highlight plants soon.
We do point out to our newsletter-subscribers that YOU NEED TO CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE EMAIL YOUR RECEIVE ONCE REGISTERED, OTHERWISE YOU WON'T GET THE NEWSLETTERS. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED BY DUTCH LAW TO JUST ADD YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO IT OURSELVES. IN CASE YOU FORGOT TO DO IT, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AGAIN AND CLICK ON THE LINK OF THE EMAIL YOU RECEIVE TO REGISTER!!
March 9th 2009
We started the next auction last saturday and it will finish on March 21st at around 12.00 hours Dutch Continental Time. We wish you all good luck with bidding; account holders can place their hidden bids as usual.
We do ask people when they sign in for the newsletter to click on the link in the email they receive after subscribing; it seems some clients don't activate the subscription.
It could also be that due to spam the email that they should receive after subscribing is blocked as spam, so be sure to let these emails come in and click on the link to verify your subscription.
We have just sent our first newsletter; in case you believe you subscribed for it and didn't receive it, please activate your subscription -or- in case you did not get the email try to subscribe again and don't forget to verify your subscription.
February 4th 2009
Today we started registration of our newsletter. You will find a sign in form on the left side of our webpage.
STC will regularly send newsletters with all sorts of interesting information about its products, news etc.
Please feel free to subscribe to the newsletter.
February 2nd 2009
Today on february 2nd we started our whole sale auction.
This time we auction large amount of some of our plants, specially for the re-sale growers although also private people can join the auction of course.
Please note all the conditions that apply when you place a bid; account holders can again place a hidden bid.
The auction ends on Saturday february 14 at 12.00 Dutch Continental time.
Good luck with bidding !!
January 24th 2009
STC received official status from the Dutch Authorities for experimental use of the unique rooting powder for succulents that we developped.
See for some results (pictures) below in this news section.
In some cases STC is able to provide test samples of this powder for testing under controlled conditions and not being used as a commercial product.
In the case we come to an agreement for testing purposes you will receive a copy of our authorized permit to carry out tests, including safety instructions.
In case you are interested in testing out our powder please contact us by filling in the contact form on the contact page.
We will then contact you and discuss possibillities.
January 7th 2009
STC is working on an electronical newsletter that all interested people can receive and subscribe for. Very soon we will launch on our webpage the possibillity to sign in for this newsletter.
Please note that also already clients with an account need to subscribe separately for receiving this newsletter, because by Dutch law we are not entiteled to just add your email addresses because of the SPAM-law.
Receiving the newsletter is free for everybody and will inform you about the latest updates, new projects and plants and new dates when auctions are being held.
December 10th 2008
Our new plant auction is online with the option for account-holders to place a hidden bid.
The auction will end december 20th at around 12.00 hours European continental time.
July 5th 2008
STC has finally moved to its new location; krommeweg 3, 4695 SC Sint-Maartensdijk!
Please note we NO LONGER are located in Steenbergen
When visiting STC in late winter enjoy the early morning sun and breathtaking of the surrounding fields:
Our friends from the Czech republik
April 8th 2008
NEXT AUCTION starts this week 15 and will end 26 of April afternoon Dutch time, so when interested please keep the auction page active the coming days; lots of very interesting variegated plants will be auctioned again!
March 27th 2008
Coach visit British cacti & succulent enthousiasts: an impression
March 15 th 2008
To our customers outside the EU:
Due to the very strict CITES issues and very expensive CITES documents in Holland STC is no longer able to export CITES app. 1,2 and 3 plants outside the EU.
However, for plants belonging to the groups: Aloe spp., Cactaceae spp. and Euphorbia spp., ONLY FROM APP. 2, we can make an exception by clearifying on the phytosanitairy certificate that these were artificially propagated plants.
Another exception to this rule see below for the mescaline-containing Cacti like Lophophora which are coutry-based-regulated out of CITES regulations.
See www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.shtml for the current list and appendices
ALL other CITES plants will no longer be exported outside the EU.
We will adapt our webshop very soon so that in case customers outside the EU order a CITES plant (except the above mentioned groups), the specific plants will be cancelled from your order.
In our webshop is clearly indicated with a lable-symbol which plants this concerns.
Please also notify that a growing number of countries, also EU countries!!, are prohibiting import of mescaline-cantaining cacti like Lophophora.
Even though they fall into appendix 2 and officially would be able to export a growing number of countries worldwide prohibit this (USA, France , Italy etc.)
It is the customers duty to inform us if this is the case; STC is in no way responsible for confiscations of this material by country customs.
February 20th 2008
Our 2nd february auction started today and ends 1st of March, so if you are interested please visit the auction page.
We note to all our customers outside the EU that fytosanitairy certificates are requested !
January 18th 2008
During our variegation-induction experiments we do encounter very few fluorescent pink variegates, which grow freely on their own roots under tubelights and some drought-stress. These extremely special forms of colour stay stable in vitro culture, but sometimes disappear when planted, but can then be re-induced under stress (as you get red-colouration in stress-induced plants in the greenhouse; cold, heat, etc.).
These plants will later be offered in the auction.
STC is closed between october 30 and november 5th; no emails/phone calls can be answered. In case of winning bids and shipment of auction plants please wait for reply of your emails after november 5th.
Thank you for your understanding
October 3rd 2007
In contrast to the earlier date-information we notify our bidders in the auction that the October-auction will end saturday 27 October in the morning (European time).
a few of the latest achievements with our rooting powder:
Pelecyphora asselliformis cuttings; after 2 weeks
Euphorbia waringiae after 2 weeks
September 1st 2007
We are able to present some further developments in the achievement of developping our own succulent rooting system; many succulent plants are able to respond to our newest developments and induce massive roots in a couple of weeks, like:
Uncarina sp. rooted cuttings in 2 weeks time
Pachypodium sp. rooted cuttings in 2,5 weeks time
Bombacopsis cubensis rooted cuttings in 3 weeks time.
July 15th 2007
STC is currently involved in the process of developping a new type of rooting hormone powder and a rooting gel specially developped for a range of succulent plants. The research of these 2 products started a year ago and we can share some of the results of the rooting powder, specially designed for succulent cuttings:
The last results show promising root development although much research and improvement is still needed to use the rooting hormone on a larger scale.
The development of a specific rooting gel for succulent cuttings is also improving and we hope to finally come up with a gel that can be used in a wide spectrum of succulent plants to make rooting of cuttings much easier and simple.
June 29th 2007