Re: [gardeners] Smuggling plants

Cheryl & Erich Schaefer (
Fri, 30 Jan 1998 13:42:10 -0500 (EST)

>I have to confess to having smuggled a few plants into the U.s. - the one
>time was a pomegranite cutting from Italy.  Guess seeds from Kenya wouldn't
>count, would they?  That is one of the more frustrating things for us and
>traveling is not to be able to bring home some of the plants.
>	our host for our week stay in Sommerset last summer said if we
>washed all
>the soil off the roots, we could carry them home with us.  We didn't try to
>take any plants back, however, because we had another 9 days in Scotland.
>Do you all know if this is so?
>Barb Rothenberger
>Columbia, Mo,

It is true enough. I declared plant material coming back from Italy and the
inspector told me that my cuttings and bare root plants were fine. The
problem was soil. You can also apply for a permit to import plants with you
if you know in advance what it is you want to bring back. Cheryl

Cheryl Schaefer
Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY