Shipping plants from Continental US to USVI
We're cramming a 20ft container full of materials to complete multiple projects and shipping the container mid to late November. We are considering putting in about 20 or so Bouganvillea. However, wondering if "importing" plants purchased from nursery in Florida is permitted. I've read information on the USDA web site but it's still a little unclear to me if I am (1) permitted to bring ornamental plants - non-invasive and (2) if I'm permitted but will end up having to jump through 50 hoops to get clearance at the port of entry (STT). Does anyone have experience in bringing in plants from say....Florida...to the US Virgin Islands? Also, if it's determined that it is permitted for us to bring in plants, I'm wondering, based on someone's experience, if the plants will all be dead unless we take special precautions/measures to ensure they have plenty of water and/or don't bake inside the container. Again, asking for someone who might have experience in this?
I haven't shipped plants from the mainland to the USVI, but for what it's worth I have shipped one in a moving van from California to the East coast a couple of times during winter and during the hot weather. Each time I was told to give it plenty of water, slightly dampen the leaves, then cover it with a plastic bag, sort of greenhouse style. It worked well (though it was a giant ficus and could take a little abuse.)
Islandlola, thanks! the "greenhouse" makes sense! Now, if I can just get through the customs telephone number.....they must be very very busy as "all circuits" have been busy for most of the day.