How hard is it to bring plants 'in' to Hawaii?

maioloJuly 20, 2004

I notice none of the mail order plant companies don't ship to Hawaii.

I take it this is due to strict "bugs in the soil" issue?

Is it next to impossible to bring plants in & pass inspection?

Does anyone know if I should even attempt this?


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I also would like to know this as I am planning to move there in a few years and would like to keep as many of my plants as possible.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2004 at 1:39PM
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Plants are a problem. Plan on using seeds. Otherwise, look for nurseries that have clearance to ship plants to Hawaii. They are few and far between, but there are some.


    Bookmark   July 24, 2004 at 12:51AM
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Aloha everyone!

I moved to Hawaii from CA in March 2003. I did not bring any of my plants with me due to the plant quarantine restrictions. However, check out for info on how to bring your plants with you. The site also has info on the animal quarantine if you have pets. Make sure you plan ahead!!

I have found these online nuseries that WILL ship to Hawaii.

Logee's Greehouse,

I have found that the plants that I have ordered from Logees have been much better quality and have had a better success rate than the ones from Aloha tropicals. Logees is in Connecticut, but there packing is stellar and the plants have all arrived in perfect condition. AND the shipping costs are reasonable.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2004 at 6:58PM
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bihai(zone 9)

I am a licensed nursery in Florida and have shipped to Hawaii before.
I am not interested in selling you plants, but am interested in trades.
I have fireant certification. There are only certain things that cannot be imported into Hawaii without special permit and quarantine. Other plants are acceptable.
If interested please see my tradelist.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2004 at 7:50AM
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Cyanea(z11 HI)

Here in Hawai'i many thousands of different plants have been introduced for horticultural use. We are missing out on things we can find only in Hawai'i; Native Plants (90% of Native Hawai'ian plant species are endemic, the worlds highest rate of endemism!). You might have heard this before. But im just trying to be the advocate and conservationist I am.

Here is a link that might be useful: native plant pictures here.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 12:21AM
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What does that mean?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 1:06AM
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Endemism describes species that are native to a particular geographic area or continent.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 3:40PM
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hotzcatz(Hamakua, Hawaii)

If your neighbors are anything like my neighbors, you won't lack for plants for very long! Also to propagate many plants around here, you can literally cut a twig off the plant you like and stick it in a pot and it will grow. A lot of other plants spread seeds around with wild abandon and are easy enough to pick up off the ground. I have several different varieties of palms started from seeds picked up off the ground under "public" palms in parking lots and then buried in the garden.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2004 at 1:27AM
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