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Old 07-12-2013, 10:57 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by daymonjones View Post
I have a question. When I go through Arizona, they always ask about plants, fruits and vegetables.

How do you get them through? Do they only confiscate certain plants? I have potted dwarf papyrus I'd like to carry as an awning drip line plant. (I have several potted along the house walkway, solar powered LED's.)

The reason is to prevent the spread of invasive plant pests. There is no specific list that says some plants are safe and others are not. You declare them all, and they're inspected individually. If you claim not to have any, and they find out you're lying, it's up to a $10,000 fine.

As long as your potted plants are clean, and free of any blight, fungus, or bugs, they're probably okay. Before crossing the border, pinch off any dead leaves and dispose of them, just to be sure.

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Old 07-12-2013, 11:12 AM   #16
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If you claim not to have any, and they find out you're lying, it's up to a $10,000 fine.
You also risk inadvertently damaging a state's agricultural and economic base. Nobody means harm when they bring in their one little treasured plant or fruit. But that's how the Mediterranean fruit fly and glassy winged sharp shooter came in, crippling our fruit and grape crops.

As a Californian who has welcomed ag inspections and cringed at the results of invasive pests, I humbly request that people not try to skirt the rules. Let the inspectors know what you have and they'll make the call on it. They know what the risky host plants are. Chances are, if you're not bringing in something grown on a large scale in the state, you'll be let through, but it's best to let them decide.

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Old 10-14-2013, 08:52 AM   #17
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Coming into Arizona September 30th, we were asked if we had any other animals (other than the dogs), any houseplants or certain foods. It kind of reminded me in CA when we were asked about fruits and stuff....but thats because of certain bugs they don't want.


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