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Comment by Kimberly White, Lombard, IL,Zn 5 on January 21, 2011 at 12:57pm
Some plant and animal imports were brought in with early settlers that brought with them things that were familiar.  Some plants were staple foods.  Some animals were brought to control other animals or insects.  Some just happen by plain accident.  I went on a trip to Florida.  A few days after my return to Chicago, I saw a little Anole lizard running around my house.  It must have gotten into my luggage somehow.  I never was able to catch it and later found it dead.  With our global economy, as careful as we are, accidentals still occur.  Especially, around port of entry cities.  Asian longhorn beetles in the Chicago area have been devastating, while Monk Parakeets haven't had as much impact.  We are constantly learning how our actions, whether they be intentional or not, impact our world.
Comment by Robert E Brown--z7b8aNC on January 21, 2011 at 11:04am
I definitely agree that you need to be careful with imports.  The southeastern part of the US is having a major problem with Japanese beetles now.  I'm not sure how or where they first got brought into the country but they are spreading rapidly.  They have no real natural predators here so they are becoming a major problem.  There are also problems with plants that have been brought in.  They can and will take over, killing the native plants.  So it's not just disease that they are worried about.
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 21, 2011 at 10:09am


That's a really interesting question .. and I think the answer is really environment dependent.  It's not unusual to have to start new herbs each year here in Central Florida as the humidity and heat eventually have a telling effect on them.  It sounds like you've got a very different situation and that's awesome!


Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 21, 2011 at 9:48am

I would like to address the topic of basil. I have a Thai basil plant growing in a wooden half barrel on the east side of a rose, also in the barrel. The basil plant has been alive for 6 seasons (1 1/2 years) in the same place providing shade for the rose cane. Our winter temperature dipped to 27 degrees, according to the weather report, though I think cooler in our yard. The basil frosted, though covered. I pruned it back and found the stalk living. Does anyone know long this Thai basil plant might be around? Would the same hold true for Italian Sweet Basil?

I've included a photograph so you can see the beauty and condition of the barrel planting. I love the plant flower and flavor of the leaves.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 21, 2011 at 9:38am
Charlie, do you have Master Gardener credentials? I have been looking at the coarse of study here in the Phoenix area and would love to hear what the program in your area is like and how you feel about it.
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on January 21, 2011 at 9:15am
Thank you very much lyn for you advice, you are right its definitly better to go to a nursery , with the cane toad I wonder how they screwed up so badly you would think they could have set an area aside and fenced it and let the cane toad loose, that would have showed which way they went and what kind of prey there preference where , that way this disaster wouldn,t have happend because once they knew what was what , they wouldn,t have let them out, they would have destroyed them, and being in a confined area they could have managed that, but those things take having a brain and thinking logically and in todays age that isn,t very prevalent!I am wondering how long they usually put plants into qurantine before releasing them, and why when they confiscate plants /animals they dont automatically put them into qurantine that way saving lifes remember plants are alive too!I guess they put it in the too hard basket, but if I had my way i would put a law into effect precisley stating what I just said!, if they really didnt want to give the animals to a zoo send them securley packed back into there country of origin on a flight that goes there anyway , no extra cost! there is a gardener who has flowers  i used to pick when I was growing up in Austria , she has not replied to my plea yet, but i do not know the latin name of them so I can not ask a nursery to find them for me! more next time...
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 21, 2011 at 9:09am

Hurray for the Aggies.  S. Texas has a short window for seeds and transplants so if you don't make that window and we don't get a spring, transplants are the way to go.  Toms need temps at night to be in the 50's but if the temps are higher, then its a gamble.  Last year when we didn't have all that much rain, the conditioners were easy to manage.  When the weather does not cooperate whether its not enough sun or too much rain its much harder to manage toms.

Charlie are you going to the Ft. Bend tree sale?  Look at the events for details.

Comment by Sharon Robinson (Z4, ND, USA) on January 21, 2011 at 8:55am

@ Miko,

Hello friend, I have to agree with Lyn when she said that customs would take your seeds if they are not allowed in Australia and for good reason. For a long time California allowed anything to be brought in, and then they began to discover that imported plants were overunning the native species and killing them off in some areas. Because of that, many plants are no longer allowed to be brought into the state.  Also, fruits and veggies are not allowed to be brought across the boarder into California by private citizens, because it can bring in bugs and diseases that are not already there. Most State Ag Dept's are pretty vigilant about such things.  Here in North Dakota, we are having problems with a water plant that was brought in from somewhere else and is now trying to choke our lakes natural water plants out. 

Ask your local Ag Dept or State Ag dept to find out what can and can not be brought in, it saves time and legal expenses if they decide you are a problem for them.

Happy Gardening,

Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on January 21, 2011 at 8:51am
Thanks Kim.  I'll check it out.  Gotta run to a Master Gardeners meeting.
Comment by Kimberly White, Lombard, IL,Zn 5 on January 21, 2011 at 8:07am

I guess page 2 of the article was a separate link.


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