Plumeria forum: Plumeria and Airline carry on rules

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printmaster
Jul 23, 2012 1:28 PM CST
Does anyone have experience with airlines and carry on regs of live plants within the US?
I'll be in Southern California end of the month and might find something I can't live without.
Hoping to visit JJ's and if I can find other nurseries in the area too.

Lonnie
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Jul 23, 2012 2:34 PM CST
I had no problems bringing roses and succulents back from California last November, and ferns and shrubs back from Kentucky in June. I've brought them in checked baggage, in carry-on baggage, and as a bouquet that I held in my hands. I was afraid of bruising the fern, so it was wrapped in florist paper (like a real bouquet) and hand carried. I did get pulled aside because the scanner picked up the dirt, and I supposed the minerals or moisture in the dirt, but I explained I'm a plant collector and they had no problems. It may have been different had the plane been flying into California, Washington or Oregon, where there are quarantine laws, but the airports I went through had no issues. I do try to bare root plants as much as possible, then wrap in moist paper. It works with the plants I buy--not sure about plumeria.
I have found no rules preventing transportation of plants on any airline. A few times, nurseries have given me inspection stickers, the kind they put on shipping boxes. I've never had anyone ask to see them.
Actually, those were nurseries in California, Oregon and Washington, so maybe the only issues are moving between those 3 states.
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chefmike92
Jul 24, 2012 3:33 PM CST
I ship a lot and i can tell you some of the states have very strict laws on moving plants across state lines.....BUT i can not say what would happen with flying.

Florida,California Arizona,Texas, all have strict laws on shipping plants Not saying you cant or don't do it with out a problem most the time its not an issue unless you put on the box live plants.


great tip most the time if you rinse all the dirt off the plant that helps a lot. some say cut all foliage off.

It might be worth shipping the plants back to you then trying to carry on. you can look up on the usda.gov under import and export laws for each state, My fear would be i know Texas has strict laws for sure i have researched them, when shipping don't put anywhere on the box live plants. always tape all seams so there is no dirt come out while handling.

I know JJ ship and they should be able to tell you and maybe even ship for you or give you an inspection sticker

All the laws are set to try to not contaminate by pest or disease from one state to another.
good luck
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Dutchlady1
Jul 24, 2012 3:37 PM CST

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I agree with Mike that it might be better to have JJ ship for you.
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printmaster
Jul 25, 2012 6:53 AM CST
That's probably what I'll do to be safe.
Lonnie

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