Importation of plants
Category: Science > Agriculture and Farming
Asked by: rickjb-ga
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04 Mar 2006 21:54 PST
Expires: 03 Apr 2006 22:54 PDT
Question ID: 703730
A friend of mine may move from CA to either PA or FL. Can one import a young Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix Canariensis - Forgetting the climate issue for the moment]) and a meyer lemon tree (which she cared for for years and doesn't want to give up) from California into either Pennsylvania or Florida?
Re: Importation of plants
Answered By: alanna-ga on 27 Mar 2006 23:24 PST
Hi rickjb-ga There's good news for your plant loving friend. Both States to which she might move have no prohibitions on importing or owning either of her "pet" plants. Neither State explicitly bans the interstate transport or possession of either the Canary Island date palm or the Meyer lemon tree. Pennsylvania seeks to curb the growth of invasive plant species--those that spread rapidly and aggressively to displace other plants. The State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources urges residents to refrain from planting such species in gardens. However, the State has no laws banning them. In Florida, most threats to the citrus industry are deemed to come from plants, parasites and diseases imported from outside the USA. The citrus code and other laws pertaining to the import of plants govern those that will be grown commercially. The State Department of Environmental Protection also requires permits for the possession of aquatic plants but only those grown for business purposes. Some web sites of interest: Dave's Garden "For Gardeners By Gardeners" http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/49905/ Canary Island Date Palm http://www.zinnysworld.com/canary_island_date_palm.htm Industry Issues http://www.zinnysworld.com/canary_island_date_palm.htm Florida Department of Environmental Protection http://www.dep.state.fl.us/lands/invaspec/2ndlevpgs/fieldops.htm Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources "Invasive Plants" http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/wildplant/invplants.aspx Search terms: Pennsylvania Canary Island date palm Florida Canary Island date palm Pennsylvania Meyer lemon tree Florida Meyer lemon tree Pennsylvania plant imports Florida plant imports Florida citrus code I hope this is helpful to your friend. All the best, Alanna-ga
Re: Importation of plants
From: irlandes-ga on 17 Mar 2006 16:12 PST
See if you can find a State Agriculture Department listed for the state you wish the trees to end up in. Frankly, the citrus tree sounds scary, because there are a bunch of dangerous stuff hanging around citrus trees. I live, when I am there, a few hundred yards from an orange grove in southern Texas. They got a strange bug or worm in a tree imported from Florida, and now the whole orchard is closed down, and no wood, leaves, or fruit is allowed removed. So, I think your concern deserves some real research. If no one answers, look for the Ag folks in that state.
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