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  Traveling with plants (P.Rico)
From: Susan Cooper coops at execpc.com> on 2000.11.14 at 03:53:37(5679)
Hi, Les,
Hope you haven't left Puerto Rico yet. When I was in Florida and bought
up as many plants as our rental car could hold (and endured listening to
"how are you getting all those home on the plane?" at least 500 times)
This is what I did-
Go to the local KMart or whatever and buy a cheap garment bag (the kind to
carry suits in) Mine was $9. Take plants out of soil, wrap in newspaper,
and stuff bag to fullness. Hang in plane and make sure no one tries to
fold bag.
From: Lester Kallus lkallus at earthlink.net> on 2000.11.14 at 15:19:28(5683)
Yes, I have left - I'm back now. It was a work related trip and so as soon
as my talk was over I pretty much had to leave and come back.

I had found a USDA document indicating that plants can be returned but need
only be "de-soiled" and de-bugged. I was excited about that. One of the
users here had emailed the name of a grower. Unfortunately, that place
proved to be 25 minutes away from my hotel. With only a couple hours free
on Monday morning, I couldn't go there.

Instead, one of the conference organizers drove me to a local "vivero"
where I found material for the most part of about the same variety (but
lower quality) than my local Home Depot. I did manage to find a couple
things I've wanted that aren't at my local Home Depot. I had to purchase
something given that they were kind enough to drive me to this local
vivero. I can't say I was very impressed with anything though except that
the prices were as high as they were.

I carefully washed the roots, removed diseased leaves, packaged the plants
as they should be and prepared to have a thorough USDA inspection. Well,
it never happened. I boarded the plane and landed at Kennedy 4 hours
later. Although we landed at the international terminal, we were just
directed to baggage claim with no checks. If I'm ever invited back to PR
for another talk, I plan to get to at least one of the places that were
recommended and will make plans to bring back some better variety.


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