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majohnson

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Purchase recomendations
« on: November 06, 2010, 01:04 PM »
Has have anyone purchased any trees from Bonsai Japan Direct? They have some nice trees. I am thinking of getting one of their Shimpaku Junipers. They have been quick on repleying to emails, so thats one positive.
 

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Re: Purchase recomendations
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2010, 06:34 AM »
In case you are not aware, the USDA has banned the import of bonsai from Japan, unless the trees are quarantined for 2 years in Japan before shipment, or 2 years after arrival in the USA.  Bonsai Japan Direct may be able to "smuggle" a tree to you by shipping it UPS/FedEX, if the package is not opened and inspected.  It would be illegal.  If the inspectors do find the tree, they would most likely destroy it.

There are still foreign trees coming into the USA, through approved quarantine nurseries.  The 2 I am familiar with are Brussell's Bonsai and Bonsai Northwest.  I believe there are also some legitimate quarantine greenhouses established at some Japanese nurseries.

I would warn you to be cautious of dealing with this vendor, unless he can give you the proper quarantine documentation.

Good luck,
Chris
 

John Romano

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Re: Purchase recomendations
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2010, 08:23 AM »
yes, they are obviously not aware of or are ignoring the ban on importation to the US.  New England Bonsai Gardens, where I work, was actually the first authorized nursery to participate in the new 2 year, post import quarantine program.  Better to contact one of the nurseries participating and letting them know your interest and see what they are bringing in.
John Romano
 

Don Blackmond

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 01:56 PM »
John.  Maybe you know since NE Bonsai is dealing with the issue if true.  I heard that the restrictions will be revised soon; that the quarantine program is in jeopardy of termination; and the list of species banned will be broadened significantly.  Do you know anything about this rumor?
 

John Romano

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 02:31 PM »
Hi Don,
I have heard that things will be revised but am not involved personally at the nursery with that.  I can ask though.  Also, with the economy as it is, the local staff at the Ag. Dept. is short of inspectors and hasn't been visiting as much.  I'll see what I can find out.
John
 

majohnson

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Re: Purchase recommendations
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2010, 03:53 PM »
Sorry, I need to plead stupidity. I have read post on different forums, of people buying trees from overseas. So much for that.
 

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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2010, 06:47 PM »
The EU tightened things up, can't imagine we will be too far behind. The cat is out of the bag with devastating pests being introduced from Asia to North America and Europe. Granted these pests have typically come in on plant material and raw wood not bonsai, we get to be regulated just the same.

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 02:18 PM »
Given the (additional) cost-cutting wave that's coming to D.C., I wouldn't be surprised to hear the quarrantine programs might be in the crosshairs. I know there was quite a battle to fund the Bonsai exhibits at the National Arb not long ago...
 

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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010, 02:57 PM »
The Bonsai Collection at the Arboretum is always going to be in the crosshairs. It is a "public display" that is included in a Research Organization- the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. It would have been better if it had been assigned to the Smithsonian and then placed on the grounds of the ARS' National Arboretum. But, those decisions were made at a higher pay grade.

Maybe the days of regulation are soon to be over. Hope not, there be some nasty beasties out there.

John