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General Information on Plant-Export Requirements to the Mainland States  

Revised 7/93 - Subject to Change

I. Prohibition: (Materials prohibited entry into the Mainland States)
1. Cactus plants or parts
2. Citrus plants or parts
3. Cotton plants or parts thereof, including seeds
4. Fresh fruits & vegetables which may be hosts of fruitflies, including berries,
hala lei, mokihana lei and rat-tail fruits.
5. Gardenia flowers and gardenia plants with foliage
6. Mango seeds
7. Rose plants or parts except rose flowers without foliage
8. Maunaloa & jade-vine flowers, green seeds or pods
9. Pea subfamily flowers, etc.
10. Rice stem or straw
11. Sugarcane cuttings, leaves, bagasse, seeds except "chews"
12. Sweet potato and related plants and parts thereof (except cooked)
13. Soil, earth or sand around the roots of plants
14. Swamp cabbage (ung choi)
15. Kikuyu grass plants or parts thereof
16. Mock orange berries
17. Green onion and chive
18. Other common materials prohibited except under special permit or certificate as follows:
Alabama Camellia plants and flowers
Arizona Citrus plants and seeds, and other primary and secondary
host plants for scale insects, and other rooted plants except epiphytic orchids, dormant rootless bulbs, aquatic plants, plants from certified nurseries, or plants proved to be free from the reniform nematode, unrooted plant cuttings and shipments of 25 or less indoor-grown houseplants that have been maintained in a home and are not for sale.
California Citrus spp. plants and seeds, and all other rooted materials except epiphytic orchids, dormant rootless bulbs, aquatic plants and plants from certified nurseries, or plants and prime-host cuttings proved to be free from burrowing nematodes.
Florida Citrus plants, camelia plants and flowers.
Georgia Camellia plants.
Louisiana All rooted plants (see California above), camelia plants and flowers.
Mississippi Camellia plants.
Nevada Tomato plants.
North Carolina Camellia plants.
South Carolina Camellia plants
Oregon Grapvine, narcissus, daffodils, jonquils.
Puerto Rico Coffee plants and parts; coconut, citris (Rutaceae) plants and cuttings, palms, pineapple and sugarcane plants (Hawaii
State Phytosanitary Certificate required).
Tennessee Camellia plants
Texas Citrus plants and seeds, camellia plants and flowers, and all rooted plants (see California above).
Washington Grapevines, narcissus, seed potatoes
Guam Hosts of the Mediterranean and Oriental fruit flies, Melon
fly and European Corn Borer; Citrus plants and parts, Allium
with tops, Coconut (all parts except husked nut), Heliconia
plants, Banana plants, Sweet Potato plants for propagation
and Taro and Dasheen plants for propagation. Import
permits required.

II. Inspection
Plant materials not requiring treatment also may be inspected at the Honolulu Airport (USDA Phone 541-2951) and Plant inspection offices on Hawaii, Kauai and Maui.
All parcels must be prepared ready for sealing immediately after inspection.

III. Nematode test (call for appointment)
All rooted plants and plant cutting must be proved free of the burrowing nematode prior to shipment to Louisiana and Texas.
All rooted plants destined for introduction to Arizona must be proved free of the reniform nematode prior to shipment.

For foreign shipments telephone the USDA at 541-2950.

Note: The information contained in the summary is designed to be used as a general guide. It was believed to be correct at the time of revision but it is not to be interpreted as complete.