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    Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 2:04pm
Hello,  We have been going to Corfu for a few years now, and always admire some of the plants both in our hotel, and at the market in Corfu Town.  I would love to bring some seeds back and perhaps a cutting or two, but have always thought that I couldn't bring anything like that back.  However, someone said to me the other day that you can, providing its from an EU country.
 
So - does anyone know whether it is Ok to bring a couple of cuttings back (accepting that they may not grow of course - and probably won't but I would like to have a go), and if its OK to bring seeds back, does anyone know where I can buy some seeds in Corfu Town?
 
The good news is I am flying out on Monday for a week, and just can't wait to get back.
 
Thank you to anyone who can give me some advice.
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 2:08pm
We have bought both cuttings and seeds back. The cuttings we wrap in wet cotton wool and both have grown very well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 2:30pm
Think you are OK!!!, see below

Be aware though that digging up bulbs and plants and taking them back from the wild may be illegal so stick to cuttings and seeds!!!!

From the Royal Horticultural Society:

Within the European Union (EU) there are no border checks for plants and plant products travelling between member states and, it is possible, to import and export plants freely with very few exceptions.

  • If you intend, however, to move large quantities check with the Plant Health and Seed Inspectorate (PHSI) – offices are usually based at DEFRA Regional centres. A limited range of material, which hosts the most serious 'quarantine' pests and diseases such as potatoes, do require official documentation.
  • If in doubt, whatever the quantity, it is always best to check with the relevant authorities – both in the UK and the country of origin or destination of the plant material. The PHSI are also able to advise on the requirements for exporting plants to other countries.

The movement of most plant material into or out of the European Union requires a Phytosanitary Certificate which specifies that plants are pest- and disease-free and free of soil. These are issued by the plant protection service of the exporting country. For more detailed information contact the PHSI.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 2:37pm
I have often brought back Geranium cuttings, unfortunately, more have died than lived. But it is the joy of hoping that one flowers which reminds you of Corfu. I brought a magenta coloured one back last year, but sadly it didn't survive. Will try again this year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 2:54pm
Hi,
This link from DEFRA may help to clarify it for you.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 3:00pm
Geranium cuttings are relatively easy to root, however, remember they are tender so need protection from frost.
I have found that wrapped in wet newspaper, and by cutting a plastic bottle in half then putting the cuttings inside before securing back together with tape, placed in the centre of the case, they survive the journey home very well.
Seeds are readily available from all the garden centres, it just depends what you are looking for.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 3:33pm
HI Bob and Wendy - I didn't know there were any garden centres in Corfu - could you let me know of any near to the town please - I was thinking of either getting a plant from the market, or taking a couple of cuttings from the hotel plants (I would ask first of course).  Thanks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 5:22pm
We brought some oranges back from the tree in front of our apartment last year and now have 2, 6 inch high orange trees.
Last week we brought a lemon back from the garden and some peach stones so are going to have a go with those as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 5:43pm
You must have green fingers - didnt think we could take any cuttings back, but will be next year for sure. Thanks for tips and good luck with the peach stones.... let us know Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 6:17pm
Hi Corfufan,

I don't exactly know the rules about seeds and plant material, but in the past we have grown a pineapple plant successfully. Last year we found two pieces of cacti, snapped them off and they are doing well and have grown 15cm since last September. A friend who grows chillis gave us some and my husband dried them and has now successfully planted them and they are growing too.

I do know that in certain countries it is a definite no no to do that sort of thing.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 8:10pm
I have normally carried the cuttings back wrapped in wet cotton wool or tissues, as invariably I would have one or the other. Then putting them in the outside pocket of my rucksack. They tend to get home safely, but I think with the Magenta one, I left it too long before planting in soil.

Good luck with your cuttings etc.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 10:46pm
Corfu fan.
I can think of one in Kondokali, and I think there is one opposite the airport runway.
Sorry, as we never go into Town if we can help it, not very familiar with what is there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2012 at 6:54pm
Once you have seen one garden centre you will see loads! There are two or three around Kontokali on the main road then two more on the main road just past Ebanos and Profi. If you head for the airport from Dassia end you will see all these plus two or three more on the main street before you branch off right for the airport, not sure what it is called there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2012 at 12:15am
Thanks everyone for your advice - we brought a few cuttings back and they look quite healthy at the moment.  We didn't have any trouble at all bringing them home at either Corfu or Gatwick, so fingers crossed they will root.  If they don't, nothing lost - and can always go back to get some more and try again.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2012 at 2:22pm
It's as good as excuse as any to return! Hope they root OK then you will have a lovely reminder of Corfu

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2012 at 3:15pm
Good luck with your cuttings Corfufan. We have bought back (over many  years) several cuttings/seeds from plants and flowers in Corfu. Some have not taken, but we now have a very large Walnut Tree grown from a walnut picked up in Old Perithia, a tree which is now 12 feet high bearing two dozen or more, what look (and taste) like apricots. Another 10 ft tree which we dont know the name of but is very prevalent all over the island, several fir trees (from seeds taken from the cones) and I could go on and on. I might add that all of these have been started off in our greenhouse (not heated) so they all had a good start.
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 2012 at 11:41pm
Plants still looking healthy thanks to everyone's tips and advice, and its been 2 months now almost.  I will keep them indoors during winter, but here's hoping that in the future they will flower, and we will have some plants to remind us of Corfu.  Thing is - we will just have to go back now to get some more...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Sep 2012 at 12:51pm
I brought back about 8 cuttings from a climbing plant I always admire every year and 4 of them seem to have survived and have buds on them.

They have orange trumpet shaped flowers, does anyone know what its called please?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Sep 2012 at 1:27pm
Thats the one, thank you, it may not survive the winter here but I will give it a try.

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