Let’s start with what NOT to do.
Don’t hesitate to ask us if we think the plant is novel AND, more importantly, if there is a place in the market for your new plant.
Why waste time deciding on your own? Let the pros at Plants Nouveau decide. Trust us…we’ll be honest! Send a digital image as soon as you think you have something special to email@example.com. There is no risk and you’ll learn more about the evaluation process, what the criteria are and how long it takes to introduce a new plant introduction.
Do NOT ever distribute plants without the proper Trial Agreements.
Without proper plant patent protection or a proper trialing agreement, anyone you give a “sample” to can take your new plant introduction and call it their own. Plants Nouveau will supply trialing agreements to anyone who gets samples. From home gardeners to garden writers and from tissue culture labs and mail order nurseries to large, respected licensed growers – don’t trust anyone without the proper trialing agreement – no matter how well you know them.
The moment you send a plant off to someone without a trial agreement you start the clock ticking. You have one year from that point to get your patent in place; after that year is up your plant is not patentable anymore. Remember it can take 2-3 years to get a plant through trialing and often five years or more to get the plant into the market in large numbers. This industry is full of genuinely honest people, mostly; but there’s always that small chance and you shouldn’t risk loosing introduction and royalty rights to your new plant.
Don’t take it personally if we can’t use the names you want for your plants.
We will make every effort to honor plant name requests, but if there is a conflict or if it will prevent a proper nomenclature registration, we can’t make any promises. Plants Nouveau will do what is in the best interest for marketing purposes.
We must admit, we took this one from another website for Breeders and find it truly appalling…
“Don’t become the problem. Once the process has begun you need to be kept informed of what is going on. In most cases that is a quarterly or bi-annual notification of your plant’s status. You can even insist on this in your contract, but don’t make the mistake of calling weekly to get updates. They are your babies, but once in the system it will simply take time. Be proactive, but don’t be a pest.”
Don’t believe it.
At Plants Nouveau we realize they are YOUR plants and we know we would not have the honor of introducing them for you if YOU hadn’t given them to us so, PLEASE…call every day, email every hour, request visiting rights. Don’t be afraid to ask ANYTHING! Our main goal is to have open communication with our breeders and for them to be happy. If they are happy, they keep coming back to us with new plants. See, it’s easy to do that when that’s your main goal, so choose Plants Nouveau for that very reason – We LOVE our BREEDERS!
And finally since the motto of Plants Nouveau is “Responsible introductions. Sustaining tomorrow’s gardens”, we will not EVER introduce a plant that may harm or have the potential to harm wild lands. We will make every effort to avoid introducing invasive plants (in accordance with the Center for Plant Conservation regulations). No matter how beautiful it is, no matter how novel it is and more importantly, no matter how many millions we could sell, it’s not our thing and we will not be involved. Sorry…but someone’s gotta do it! If you bring us a new introduction that is potentially invasive, we will be honest and forthright with you from the start.
Remember – evaluation is our top priority! Learn more about what we do…