Tropical climate: USDA Zone 11 equivalent
My location: Northern Queensland, Australia
I am always interested in swapping seeds, plants or cuttings.
While seeds present no problem, there are just a few constraints upon plants or cuttings, relating either to state agricultural requirements or problems posed by my tropical climate. Solutions are as follows:
To comply with Queensland’s agricultural regulations plants must be sent bareroot for interstate swaps. It is acceptable to wrap the roots in damp paper to aid survival.
Experience has shown that plants sent to or from the tropics tend to do better sealed in paper and cardboard, rather than in plastic postal satchels – plants have cooked in the wrapping during transit! Recycle a cereal box or similar from the kitchen, wrap in brown paper, address and post. Added benefits: I have found postage costs to be lower than using satchels, and packing materials can be composted.
I am willing to swap internationally, but it’s a hassle for everyone.
For me to recieve seeds from overseas, without customs confiscating them, the seeds must be free of all debris – no soil, dust, etc, and they must be clearly labelled with their botanical name as well as their common name. All packaging must similarly be free of any contamination.
It is not practical to send or receive plants internationally, they would not survive the journey.
Finally, please note that domestic mail (within Australia) can take 5 days, sometimes longer, when sent either to or from here, and international mail would take longer still.