The wife got stationed in Germany. I have a place here in the states, but will be moving to & spending more time there than here, and I have some favorite houseplants. Telling me “it’s not worth it, you can always just get the same thing over there” is kinda like telling you cat & dog people to replace Mittens of Fluffy because you can “always get the same breed over there.”
It’s not like I can’t get a Phalaenopsis “Whateveritscalled” in Germany, but I can’t get my phal that I’ve had for ten years that was given to me by a special friend on a special occasion, that’s been moved multiple times around the States, and I’m very attached to.
So has anyone done it? You can ship cats, dogs, snakes, exotic tropical whatevers, as long as you get the paperwork right, etc. But my web searches regarding plants haven’t been very helpful other than “don’t do it” or, get the right Certificate of Health, etc.
Well, that’s what I’d like to know more about. What certificates do I need, how do I go about getting them, and how much does it cost? I live in CA BTW.
What if I just packed them in a box (sans soil of course) and shipped them unmarked? I know the government websites are covered in lots of warnings about lengthy imprisonments, huge fines, castration & public floggings and such, but it’s not like I’m trying to import dangerous, endangered plants I smuggled out of Amazon rain forests. They’re just my damn house plants.
Is it better to ship via APO or regular international mail? UPS? Post 9/11 do they X-ray everything? What are my chances of getting caught? Back in the old days I’d just stick stuff in my luggage & fly. Never got hassled by immigration. These days no way am I flying with anything that’s gonna get me strip searched & imprisoned without due process.
Anyone with thoughts, suggestions, advice, experience?