Do you mean because it is Red Neck country :) (I have family in that area of
CA) or because it is farming land?
I forgot to add that the border people are really serious about you not
bringing plants into CA. Unless you have a serious attachment to your house
plants I would really consider not taking them. Houseplants are easy and
inexpensive to get in CA (or anywhere now with places like Home Depot).
They also thrive and grow quickly if you have them outside most of the year
so you can start with small plants and have something large in short order.
Your pots are probably more of an investment then the plants (and this is
coming from someone who moved plants from CA to NJ to CT to NY).... DK
Yep, that is why I sent it. On re-reading what I posted I see that I said
"serious about you not bringing in plants" when what I meant was serious
about checking for what you bring in (they may or may not let you bring in
your plant)... sorry about that. DK
Yes, I realize what you meant to say earlier! I'm still trying to decide
if I am going to bareroot them and have them go that way or leave them in
their pots (perhaps putting them in fresh Miracle Gro potting soil).
You know, Hope, I wouldn't bare root at the time you leave, wait until you
are almost to Calif and do it then. Or even wait until you see what the
has to say and do it at the station, if there is a problem. It seems to me that
orchids, at least, would not have any disease of concern. (Just like the
inspector isn't concerned when you have bananas) Bring a bag of sterile
potting soil and repot them down the road. I don't think the inspector is going
to rip the plants from your trembling hands!!LOL They have always been quite
reasonable people if you are honest with them. "quick and painless" ha ha
OTOH it may be that you will be lucky and the station will not even be open on
the day you get here.........
Let us all know how it goes. When will you be moving?
Orchids... Silly me... I thought we were talking common house plants (I
still have my evil pregnant onion plant I brought from CA to out east 20+
years ago - anyone want any babies?). I did not see the original post so my
2 cents aren't worth ... well 2 cents. Good luck transporting your
beauties. I know I did not have a problem bringing in orchids from Hawaii
to CA. (they don't really need potting soil though so I'm confused about
this as an issue). DK
I lived in Austin for four years, and it was good, if you had to live in
Texas. The thing about Fresno is that you're an easy drive to Sacramento,
to San Francisco, to Tahoe and just about anywhere in the middle to northern
California area. You're only a 5-6 hour drive to Disneyland, too. Heck,
it's easier to get to than Houston is from Austin.
A friend's family lives in Fresno. He is near the coast and hosts a
"Beat the Heat Day" a couple of times every summer. ALL of the relatives
Austin doesn't have the Tule Fog all winter either. 20' visibility and
The object, as Hope indicated, is not to 'sneak' plants into Calif.,
but to find information on what can/cannot be brought in.
Hope -- have you discovered:
This is the CA dept. of ag's FAQ on your question.
at this, and it is very ambiguous. Basically, it says
I think the main thing they're looking for is unwanted bugs, such as fire
ants (dear God make sure you're not bringing any, please) and fruit flies.
Fruit plants are usually the most looked at, and from what you're talking
about bringing I don't think you'll have a problem.
Now then, where in our fine state is your final destination?
Don't toss your good plants. Bring them and offer them for inspection
at the border station. At least root cuttings from all of your favorites
and bring them!
I grew up in Calif. My mom is a horticulturist. We travelled extensively
all over the west. My mom used to *fill* the car with plants, then try
to stuff my little brother and me in there somewhere. She inspected every-
thing before she bought it, and never had anything taken away upon
In Fresno, you can grow *everything.* Fruit trees, nut trees, tomatoes
right outdoors, herbs like crazy. That isn't my favorite town in the state,
but boy, howdy, is it a great area for gardening! You can run up into the
Sierra when it gets too hot : )
Jan, in Alaska
I forget whether Hope said anything about being familiar with Fresno
or whether it's a new place for her, so apologies if this is redundant
information, but the Forestiere Underground Gardens are definitely
worth a visit. (For those who don't know, there are lots of openings
in the roof of the house that let light in for the plants.)
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