Bromeliad Plants Allowed to be Imported from Three European Countries
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Dec. 2, will add bromeliad plants of the genera Aechmea, Cryptanthus, Guzmania, Hohenbergia, Neoregelia, Tillandsia and Vriesea from Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands to the list of plants that may be imported into the U.S. in an approved growing medium subject to specified growing, inspection and certification requirements. Bromeliad plants are most commonly used as houseplants or landscape ornamentals in warmer climates.
APHIS states that plants imported in growing media in accordance with the regulations in 7 CFR 319.37-8(e) are subject to a systems approach, which includes stringent requirements that will not be affected by this rule. These regulations require that mother stock and production plants be inspected by an inspector from APHIS or the national plant protection organization of the exporting country and found free from evidence of pests and diseases. Plants to be exported to the U.S. under these regulations must be grown in a greenhouse in which sanitary procedures adequate to exclude plant pests and diseases are always employed. There are also various requirements for written agreements between growers and the NPPO of the exporting country and oversight by the latter.