International delays

David Ryle
Tue, 11 Sep 2007 18:25:58 PDT
Hello Jan,
 Rhizomztous plants in particular pose specific problems in long distance 
shipping. Most species seem not to fare very well. To give you an example: 
for three years a company I worked with tried to develop a storage technique 
that would allow us to hold rhizomes of various Iris germanica cultivars 
through the winter so that they could be marketed in spring here in the U.S.
The results were nothing short of a complete failure. We eventually 
concluded that it was impossible, and now have the roots potted up in Oregon 
in late summer held in cold frames and shipped out in spring!
Holding tropical plants rhizomatous or any other for that matter,in a cool 
state ie; refrigerated, is usually contrary to the plants normal 
physiolgical state and would probably begin to cause damage in a short space 
of time. How short a period would vary with species, would involve serious 
research, and involve more than a little conjecture.
 I'm sorry that I  could not be of more assistance.

David Ryle
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jan Agoston" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] International delays

> Is it possible to keep the bulbs in a cooled cell? Or how do the
> customs/*phyto store them, cause here we have had some problems this 
> spring
> with tropical rhizomatous plants, some of them died, and they were very
> expensive...
> You may reply privately if it is not soo public...
> Thank you for your attention!
> Jani
> 2007/9/10, David Ryle <>:
>> Hello,
>> With regards to delays don't feel singled out. I've been employed in the
>> Dutch bulb export business for a number of years, and even with standard
>> shipping procedures, being inspected prior to ship by both Dutch and U.S.
>> officials, since 9/11 security at all international docks has been
>> dramatically increased.
>> The concerns regarding the possibility of biological weapons etc;
>> everything is backlogged. Daffodils this year are being held up in 
>> Virginia,
>> courtesy of Homeland security and their concerns.
>> David
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