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Old 05-11-2007, 08:52 AM
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This thread is very interesting as I never even thought about not being able to bring plants in or out of Florida. I will be moving out of FL and am taking numerous with me but I will be using PODS. Anyone know if a PODS driver has to stop for this check? PODS says that only the owner of the contents has the key to the container so I don't know how they would go about letting an inspector in if need be. Very confused.
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Old 05-11-2007, 10:32 AM
Location: a primitive state
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Good question. The carriers probably have to stop.

If a drug dog smelled something suspicious I imagine they'll just cut the lock. Not that you're doing that. My guess is that it's a calculated risk.
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:27 PM
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I meant to say numerous plants in my previous post, not just numerous.

Ya I can understand a drug dog smelling something then going in, but wasn't sure if they inspected everyones truck for plants. I don't see how they could since I would be the only one with the key, supposedly, not like they can just cut every lock off every PODS that comes by. I am an avid gardener and will be taking cuttings, bulbs/rhizomes of most of my plants so I can keep them in a sunroom in my new house. I never thought that it might not be allowed, I'd hate to not be able to bring them or have them confiscated. Even worse, the idea of strangers rooting around in my stuff, I don't see how that could be allowed. I think I'll contact PODS to find out the situation lol.
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Old 06-18-2007, 11:59 AM
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Default Moving Plants to Another State

House plants which are part of a passenger's baggage or household effects may enter the state provided the plants are accompanied by a certificate of inspection. Should the plants originate from a state that does not offer an inspection and certification service for house plants, the owner must be able to furnish the Department a Florida address where the plants will be located. This information will enable the Department to conduct a follow-up inspection if deemed necessary. If sufficient information is given, the plants will be allowed entry.

NOTE: It is unlawful to move into Florida any and all kinds of citrus trees and parts thereof except by a special permit from the Division Director. Permits are not required to move citrus fruits into the state.

Any person, nurseryman, stock dealer, agent or plant broker who desires to ship into this state nursery stock from any state, territory or district of the United States, shall comply with the following regulations:

The nurseryman, stock dealer, agent or plant broker must be listed in the latest directory of registered or certified nurseries, agents, stock dealers and plant brokers of the state where such nursery stock originated.

A valid certificate of inspection must be attached to each separate package, bundle, box or shipment of nursery stock shipped into Florida. In club orders, one tag must be attached to each individual order and another to the package containing the individual orders.

All shipments of nursery stock entering peninsular Florida by road are required to stop at an agricultural inspection station where they will be screened for proper certification and subject to cargo inspection by the Department. Each shipment shall be accompanied with a bill of lading, or other valid documentation which contains the following information:

Name and address of shipper or consignor
Name and physical address of receiver or consignee
Description of plants or plant products in the shipment
Place and state/country of origin
Ultimate destination of shipment if other than receiver or consignee
All documents shall be in the English Language, or shall have attached an accurate English translation containing adequate information for examination of the product.
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Old 06-18-2007, 02:57 PM
Location: Heartland Florida
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I have driven in and out of Florida with my motor home, and it's full of houseplants. No one has said anything. Also have taken a bunch of plants and fruit in the boat, up the mississippi and through many waterways, never had a problem. In Florida they are rightly most concerned about things from overseas and probably know that it's impossible to stop interstate personal plant transport.
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Old 06-18-2007, 03:09 PM
Location: Florida
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Originally Posted by tamiedearest View Post
...I have heard that you can't bring house plants with you? Is that true if so how do they know you bring them. Is there a link that explains why?
Thanks for your help.
Don't know a website, but I was weeding one of the flowerbeds my wife used to weed and I noticed a former houseplant was choking out all the others, evidently that plant, wandering jew, thrown out of the house 10 yrs ago has adapted to the outdoors
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Old 06-20-2007, 02:28 PM
Location: Port Charlotte
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When I moved I brought all of my plants with me. We had a 26' Penske truck.
I have over 50 plants and counting. So yes bring your plants.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:25 AM
Location: Dunnellon, Florida
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We had to go through the weigh stations where they inspect the trucks but we had a 26 foot Penske with a trailer behind it. This was in 2004.
Ferrets are still illegal in California and in Georgia but they are legal in Florida.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:50 PM
Location: SW Florida
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Well, my plants made it to Florida just fine. I did not put them in the moving truck but I did have a friend bring them down in his rental truck along with my dog. He did not have any problems.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:57 PM
Location: Tampa baby!!
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I've never heard this about the plants. Very interesting.
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