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What is the Best Way to Transport Small Berry Plants By Air?

I will be traveling to Europe with three small plants; raspberry and blueberry that I which I cannot buy where I will be going. They are rather small and were recently bought in small containers with a cup protecting the soil. I was planning to keep them in a carton box secure from shifting in a piece of luggage that will go to the cargo area of the plane. They will stay there for about 15hrs.

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Should I trim them ? Would this be better? How about "nude roots" that some plants are sold as such? Should I remove them from soil and keep roots in a damp cloth protected with a plastic?

Any other points that I should know? There are no issues with permits etc. that I have for the transport.

Thank you.

By SPIROS from Toronto, Canada

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April 10, 20110 found this helpful

When I order my plants on line they come dry, but I don't think 15 hrs is going to kill them. Take a look at the boxed plants at Walmart and what they are pack in.

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April 11, 20110 found this helpful

Well, I assume you will check with the airlines for suggestions or requirements first. And then maybe you can consider putting them in a small dog carrier? Finding a way to secure them inside, they would get air that way. Just a crazy thought.

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April 23, 20110 found this helpful

You will need to check with customs on transporting plants. It is often illegal to do this due to pests and invasive natures of plants etc.

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April 25, 20110 found this helpful

The cargo hold probably won't be heated so you had better figure out how to pack them so they won't freeze.

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