Plant and Seed Exchange?

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  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Happy

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    Since there has been no post on this topic for two years, perhaps it would be just as well to remove it? If someone wants to request seeds from a particular member, there is always the private message feature.
     
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    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    Has there been some new legislation to make it harder to trade?
     
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    No laws restricting seed exchanges/shipping.
     
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    There were rules on importing seeds from and into the EU.
    I was going to send some seeds to the U.S. once but after checking with the authorities there it was not possible. They also added that the there could be fines and other things were I to send something without the proper papers and fees.
     
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    Leave it to the "authorites" to make it difficult for us common folk LOL
     
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    Chuckle.
     
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    I used to be on a fruit growing forum. Members liked to exchange cuttings and scion. However, those can carry insects and diseases that, when they spread, can destroy entire orchards and threaten major agricultural industries, such as wineries. Members used to pressure me to mail them scions or cuttings (especially figs, and to California) and I refused. It was an unpleasant experience for me and I ultimately left the website.

    It's a challenge knowing the various state laws. When I order plant material, there is often an inspection or phytosanitary certificate with it.

    I don't know the situation for seeds, but here is some info

    seeds...
    https://howtoship.com/shipping-seeds/

    For importing...
    https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ou...Lm0xNIz7qL-Uy5u7VyjETChrZoaxC9QPkn8A2fIj0w!!/

    and...
    https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/do-whole-seeds-to-be-used-as-spices-require-permits-to-be-imported
     
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    Daniel W, Texas has an absolute ban on bringing in citrus trees. There is some disease that could wipe out all the citrus trees in the Rio Grande valley, Texas' prime citrus growing area. I don't know, but it's likely Florida has a similar ban.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I'd love to trade, but apparently Canada Post has rules about things coming from other countries!
    (which makes me wonder why I can BUY seeds from the US :headscratch:)
     
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    That makes sense.
    I bristle a bit when it comes to rules, but I would never want to be the cause of an agricultural disaster. I can't even imagine that.

    I think it was the mid 1800s, importation of grapevines to Europe brought in a pest that destroyed the French wine industry.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smar...st-wiped-out-frances-wine-industry-180954619/
     
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    Netty, you can buy seeds from the USA because the companies involved have passed inspection and have met standards.
    Daniel W, phylloxera, which is a louse, was brought into France by botanists. Not on their persons, but on the native American grape vines they imported Lousy botanists!
     
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