Cross-country move with plants?

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I am moving from the San Francisco area to Chicago next month, and I have a few potted plants that I would like to take with me. I am not going to drive, so carrying them is not an option.
Does anybody know about a service that will transport small numbers of plants at a reasonable price?
My mail address is jsachs177 at earthlink dot net.
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On Sun, 20 Jul 2003 13:11:50 GMT, Jonathan Sachs

I sent some of my favorites with the furniture in the moving van (commercial) from west to east coast. I was not confident of survival, but several, well-watered and surrounded (not on top) with cardboard 'cages' made it.
You can FedEx them, but best check on regs and packing advice.
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wrote:

Which plants made it under these conditions, do you remember?
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On Fri, 25 Jul 2003 19:45:08 +0000 (UTC), Hope Munro Smith

It was a long time ago, but a 4.5' tall Euohorbia trigona, and a small rosebush are the ones that linger in my mind. I still have descendants of the trigona. The little rose struggled for several years, putting out one blossom per season (I'm *not* a rose person) and finally succumbed to a February thaw and subsequent March blizzard. They wee in the van for at least a week, I didn't know diddly about plants at the time, and the move was made in early July. In fact, a moving co. should have info about packaging and plant importation. In a perfect world, that is. :-)
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Undoubtedly true but not relevant. All of them are either plants with sentimental meaning to me, or plants that cannot be replaced because they are not commercially grown.

I know. I grew up there. All of my gardening experience is from California, though, so I'm not entirely sure what will be able to make it outside. Plum trees? My research has yielded a definite "maybe"

I'm not sure, because I have done the triage yet. Definitely a Christmas cactus in a pot about 8" across. Probably one or two other cacti and/or succulents. And the plum trees.

The plum tree is rare, actually, unique. It's a cutting from a tree in my yard which is probably a hybrid between a wild plum a and Santa Rosa plum or something similar. The plums are a very deep purple color, a little larger than grapes, moderately sweet, and have the most intense plum flavor I've ever encountered. I strongly want to preserve this.
Actually, if someone is interested in growing one of these trees and caring for it, I have four rooted cuttings, and will be giving away two or three of them. The only condition is that I'd want to keep in touch, and be able to get a cutting from the cutting, if the one I keep should not survive.
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Which is WHY I SAID VERY RARE! Geesh, I am answering less and less of these questions, which I am then told the answer is not relevant.

All plants and trees come with a "definite maybe." Plants don't read books.

These are the rare and not produced commercially plants, which are sentimental, but you don't know what they are? Plum tree? You want to move a plum tree?

I don't think that it will be a successful transition.

Good luck. I hope the plums work out for you.
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I'm not sure if you have been following the thread "moving to California" but I have an analogous problem. I have been getting so much conflicting information about whether my plants will be allowed into CA I am ready to either give them all away or risk smuggling them inside boxes inside of the U-Haul van!
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Please keep in mind that exotic pests are wreaking havoc in California. The uncaring nursery moguls who have introduced sudden oak death to our state is only the latest disaster. There is a very good reason to regulate plant entry into California to protect its agriculture and environment, both of which are incredibly diverse relative to anywhere else in the world.
Sneaking plants into California is a terrorist act.
On Fri, 25 Jul 2003 19:43:51 +0000 (UTC), Hope Munro Smith

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Hope I know You were joking, but there are many out there who do just that. The inspectors are very good at detecting fibbers and I have seen many of them along side the auto lanes unloading completely everything that is in the trunk, trailer, motorhome etc.!!! All spread out in the parking area.
Have you also checked the soil and roots. It is not just "bugs" but soil borne disease/fungi/ larvae/grubs. What you could possibly do is remove the plants from the pots and remove all soil so that they are bare root prior to the inspection area. Why not just call the n umber and ask about that. It may also be that they would not be interested in indoor orchids; they may not harbor anything they would be checking for. ASK.
Are you driving a refrigerated truck? Plants are not going to enjoy being boxed in a stifling hot truck in 100 PLUs degree weather, which is what we are having or are you moving in winter? When I returned to Calif I had 50 or more houseplants, which I gave away. It was just too much bother. And I knew that I would have so many outside plants that there would be no time to fuss with indoor ones. :^) Besides we do have great places to buy houseplants here in Calif. !!
Anyways, welcome to your new home. Emilie Also in the Central Valley, but way up north........
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>Besides we do have great places to buy houseplants >here in Calif. !!
And they tended to be cheaper, IIRC. Not sure about the orchids because I wasn't interested in them when I lived in CA, but regular houseplants, if you looked around, were pretty cheap.
Tracey
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (MLEBLANCA) wrote:

Thanks for the advice! We have narrowed down to about half a dozen plants, including the orchids, lucky bamboo, pothos, and a bromiliad variety. The seem hardy and can take the moving van out of direct sun. I'm going to see if they can be barerooted and packed in wet paper towels to keep them from drying out totally.
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cheeks @ who posts an email address anymore?.com> writes:

Well said, dsc this inspection in not done just to annoy people, but to protect the agriculture and special flora of our state. Emilie
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Go to the source: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/pe/transport_animals_plants.htm
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Since you quoted nothing, you are quite incorrect. Anybody who read my response will see very clearly what transpired.

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Animaux, if you have useful information I hope you will share it with the group.
Please accept that whenever offended you in my response to your questions was not intended to do so. I can't address this any more specifically because your reaction seemed baseless to me, and your latest post didn't make any sense at all.
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Do you have any cuttings left?
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Once I know how many I will leave behind, friends will have first dibs. After that, I want to give them to local people -- I really don't want to try to ship them, except as a last resort. My original offer was thoughtlessly worded, and didn't make that clear.
I should clarify what I've got. I propagated the tree from cuttings, and I now have several small saplings (and one not-so-small one) in clay pots. That's what I would have to ship. Taking fresh cutting will not the feasible until the tree goes dormant in the fall, and by then I will be long gone.
Hope, if you are coming to San Francisco area and will be here before the middle of August, a handoff is feasible. Otherwise I don't think it will work.
My mail address is jsachs177 at earthlink dot net.
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>I had to leave my 15 foot potted ficus [inside plant] >for the new home-owner.
Good call. Don't know about yours, but mine would have to be nursed back to health after being moved a couple of feet. I can't imagine what moving one that far of a distance would require in nurturing. :)
Tracey
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Good story Dorothy. I can relate. Emilie
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