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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

American stories: a taxi ride across Portland

I had already seen the vines at a Walmart or at the Home Depot in Wenatchee. I perceived them while passing by; I photographed the pots and brand and thought to myself briefly how many times they need to be cut in order for them to end up this short, only 50 cm tall. In the garden centres around Seattle and Portland, which I visited the next day, I again saw the same mini vines. I saw them while passing by; I had already taken a picture of them...


At the Farwest Show, the plant exhibition in Portland that I went to at the end of my trip, there was a small section that was dedicated to compact potted plants and fruits. And then I took a closer look and noticed that these are special vines, in which internodes, the distances between the buds and leaf axils, only measure a few millimetres. No wonder then that the plants remain so short. And in addition, the small marvels continuously produce new flowers on the shoots, well until autumn. The breeder’s interest was directly awakened. I had never been interested in grapevine breeding, which is a very unique specialty in Europe, very strongly aligned with the fermented final product. But with such a growth habit, a completely new plant for the garden could arise.

Back at the hotel, these mini vines gave me no rest. I did some research on the internet: the base material is the mutation of a known type of wine. So there would still be a lot of breeding work to do for the garden, for balconies and terraces…but where had I last seen the plants? It was the last night in Portland, the exhibition was now closed. Tomorrow I would fly back to Switzerland. I flipped through the pictures on my camera again until I found the grapes: they were in the Portland Nursery, at the other end of town. I quickly called a taxi, a 15-minute ride, and asked the driver to wait for me. I bought the potted vine with most fruits. Now I had to start packing! Do I only take the fruit and seeds with me or the whole plant? In any case, the 30 kg of books from the Powell Bookstore must be packed into the additional suitcase that I purchased in foresight during my trip. Some of the books are botanical rarities; they will cost me over $200 in overweight fees, along with all the other beautiful and good things from the New World. And the lady at the airport counter will ask blankly why, for God's sake, I do not load such books onto my iPad...

Whether I took only the seeds or the entire vine, I will leave that to the imagination of the reader. And whether Lubera will go into grape breeding, we will see in a few years. I can tell you only one thing: I was pretty nervous when my suitcases arrived two weeks after I had already returned to Buchs. They had gotten stranded in Düsseldorf on the way back, the European Bermuda Triangle for all suitcases.


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