Irises forum: Shipping to California

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MsDoolittle
Oct 10, 2016 10:26 AM CST
What are the protocols? Do you label your box "Live Plants"? I know they are strict on some plant life entering the state.

Wanting to send some bearded iris to a cousin of mine.

Thanks! nodding
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 10, 2016 11:16 AM CST
I have sent rhizomes in priority mail boxes with no problem. I think labeling them "live plants" will probably cause them to be held up.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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MsDoolittle
Oct 10, 2016 12:06 PM CST
Thank You!
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies
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Cuzz4short
Oct 10, 2016 12:53 PM CST
Lestv said:I have sent rhizomes in priority mail boxes with no problem. I think labeling them "live plants" will probably cause them to be held up.


Especially from Cali..
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Oct 10, 2016 1:51 PM CST
I had one shipped there last year that got held up until they could ask permission to inspect them. The dogs sniffed them and they knew they were plants. They told me that they check for insects, and that in the future I should write on them Plant material, OK to open for inspection. Once they checked them over they sent them on their way. So that's what I do if I ship to Calif.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 10, 2016 2:08 PM CST
I just sent an unmarked box to Rob that got there right on time. Shrug!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 10, 2016 3:01 PM CST
I pay $30 to the Mass Ag dept for inspection each year & put the ok labels from them on the box. After all I ship to Winterberry in VA to be introduced & ship next year to CA for the convention in 2019.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Oct 10, 2016 6:09 PM CST
I had sent several before that one got sniffed by the dogs, but happened to get a good sniffer one time and they pulled it.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 10, 2016 6:34 PM CST
Do it is a matter of odds.....
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Container Gardener Region: United States of America Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Cuzz4short
Oct 13, 2016 3:25 PM CST
Lestv said:I have sent rhizomes in priority mail boxes with no problem. I think labeling them "live plants" will probably cause them to be held up.


Especially from Cali..
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Oct 14, 2016 9:56 AM CST
I've only had the one box that Tom sent last year get held up. It was weird having the post office call. I asked how they got my number, and they said "We have access to these things..." Blinking But they were very nice.. They asked if I knew what was in the box and if it was ok to open. They were respectful of the rhizomes, and if they hadn't called me, I wouldn't have known the box was opened.
They sent a letter explaining the dog-sniffing program and a little brochure about the dog himself.
I haven't had it happen again...
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Oct 14, 2016 10:44 AM CST
I had 2 boxes get stopped last year, but they contacted the senders and sent me a not so nice of a letter. Shrug! I think the holes in the box also draw attention to it. So I've been writing "Iris Bulbs" on the top of the boxes I send out. I forgot to write it one the last boxes I sent out on Wednesday, but of course I remembered as I drove away from the post office.

Charriet
Oct 16, 2016 12:42 AM CST
I haven't had any iris only boxes open, nor seeds. But when a box contained some bread seed poopy pods the drug dog sniffed it out. It was interesting actually. I got a letter from the PO in Woodland which is nesr Sacramento. The drug dog seems to be located there. They opened the box and checked the seeds.
Because I was then quite curious, i read up on those poppies and discovered the pod is what is used to make opium. Not the seed as I had thought. Thus the seed pods were picked out by the dog.

Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Oct 16, 2016 12:58 AM CST
Welcome! Charriet Welcome!
Our mail distribution center was taken away so all our mail has to go through Sacramento too. So far no problems with the iris I've received. Just curious if you were able to keep the poppy seeds?
Welcome! again
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Oct 16, 2016 1:01 AM CST
Yeah, you don't want to do a drug test after eating a poppy seed bagel Whistling Hilarious!

Rob, I remember the letter I got as just being informational.. I wonder if they have a different letter for recipients and senders?
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
Flowers are food for the soul.
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HighdesertNiki
Oct 16, 2016 1:20 AM CST
Welcome! Charriet, I didn't know that. Those are pretty flowers. I bought some dark purple ones to try next year.
"The Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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