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importng plants from the US ?

Postby clarissa » May 16, 2008 11:41 am

Happy gardening to all Since my husband and I have retired we often vacation in Oregon and further south -since I can't help but stop in some of their nurseries, I of course come across plants that I would very much like to take home. Has anyone ever solved the red tape problem involved with bringing plants here from the States? I have tried to find info in the various government web sites but did't find any helpful advice there. Thanks for any suggestions Jean
PS I can always find room for one more plant
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Postby Venice » May 16, 2008 2:24 pm

I have no idea about that, but I must ask if you've been to Al's greenhouse in Woodburn Oregon?????

It's my favorite greenhouse, my parents were there last week and called me just to torture me. I love their hanging baskets they're amazing.

It's in Woodburn, on hwy 99.

Also just north of their are two nice nursery's as well. One is the fragrant nursery. It's just south of Campoeg state park. And also just north oh here is the Heirloom Rose place.

If you like Roses you can't miss the Heirloom Rose Garden

Visitors from all over the world come to enjoy our three rose gardens that include 1500 varieties of roses and many yet-unnamed test roses.

I grew up in Salem OR, so if you need any other tips or have questions on the area feel free to ask.

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Postby butterfly » May 16, 2008 7:48 pm

You aren't allowed to bring plants from the US> SEeds yes but not plants for fear of disease

you proberly knew that
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Postby Venice » May 16, 2008 8:04 pm

hmmm I think I read somewhere that you might able to if it's a bare root plant.

I was reading a website and it said they washed off the soil, and packed it in gel like substance to keep it wet for shipping. Not sure if they were talking about out of the USA or just certain states that have strict rules.


Plants are potential carriers of insects and disease. For this reason, border services officers help the CFIA control the entry into Canada of plants, including the earth, soil, sand or all other related matter in which they are planted or packed.

Houseplants are defined as plants commonly known and recognized as such, which are grown or intended to be grown indoors. These do not include bonsai plants. If you are importing houseplants from the continental United States as part of your baggage or household effects, you do not need phytosanitary certificates or import permits. For all other plants from the United States, you may require a phytosanitary certificate from the United States Department of Agriculture and an import permit from the CFIA.

To import plants from other parts of the world, you may require an import permit from the CFIA in advance. You may also require a phytosanitary certificate issued by the phytosanitary authorities of the country of origin (e.g. plant protection/ quarantine in the country of origin).

You need permits to import orchids and cacti controlled by the CITES. For more information, contact the CITES office at one of the coordinates listed in the "Endangered species" section. ... .html#P022
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Postby Lindamct » May 17, 2008 7:37 am

Also, check to make sure the seeds your purchasing in the states, are not on the noxious weed list in Canada's Dept of Agriculture. Castor Bean was the new one this year :)
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