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Draconiusultamius
Apr 30, 2018 1:24 AM CST
I got my acceptance letter for Ireland and will be headed there for university in a few months. I don't know what to do with my houseplants as some of them are more sensitive and my parents refuse to use anything but tap water as they aren't going to stand outside. I'm also worried they'll overwater them or underwater and not give them proper growing conditions. Some will be gifted to people I know and trust, but I doubt I will ever see them again as my parents are also moving out of the province and I have no real reason to visit Calgary. Does anybody have any advice about moving my plants? Preferably someone who has had experience moving plants from Canada to other places (and back as I probably will come back for the summer, but to Toronto). I really don't want to stress my plants either, so the best solution would be to give them all away, but I've become pretty attached to a few of them. The plants I'm planning on keeping are my Primula, Haworthia, Sansevieria, and Peperomia. The Primula is most likely the plant I'm taking (if it's still alive) since they are native to Ireland and might do better. The Hawortia is a gift and it's my longest running plant so far. The Sansevieria is, well, interesting and I just really like it. The Peperomia is probably the easiest to cross a border with, if I need to, as it's barely rooted into the pot. In all honesty, I'd also like to keep the Christmas cacti cuttings, but I think I have just the right person to give it to as they just lost theirs (which was 30 years old) to stem rot and all the cuttings are dying as well. So far, everyone I've talked to seems against the idea of bringing my plants with me, but if its possible, I would like to try.
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Christine
Apr 30, 2018 5:50 AM CST
I'm pretty sure its against the law to bring plants into another country, I would find a plant lover to give them to, or gift them to a nursing home or library, our library has a lot of plants. Other members will have more thoughts for you.
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Apr 30, 2018 5:51 AM CST

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You will need to check the import regulations for Ireland. Generally countries have quarantine laws that restrict the import of plants and seeds.
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