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Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Region: Arkansas Region: Louisiana Garden Ideas: Level 1
Mar 22, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Can you send plants? Seeds? How is sending packages differrnt?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Mar 22, 2017 12:02 PM CST
There are a LOT of restrictions for sending plants and seeds to Canada. Read up on the law: Canadian Plant Protection Act and Regulations.

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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Mar 22, 2017 2:40 PM CST
"Small lots" of seed, i.e., quantities of less than 5 kg of large seeded kinds such as peas, beans and corn or quantities of less than 500 g of small seeded kinds such as carrot or alfalfa, are exempted from providing an import declaration or a seed analysis certificate and do not require an ICA. Most seed imported by Canadian gardeners would fall under the "small lot" category"


For plants it would depend on the plant, where it is going and where it is from. At the least it would require a phytosanitary inspection and certificate which can get expensive. Your best bet there is to contact your local agriculture office who do the inspections and issue the certs and ask what is involved for whatever you wish to send. You can try and make sense of the automated requirement system but it's not always easy to use if you aren't familiar with it (or even if you are Hilarious! )

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