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Old 12.09.2010, 11:54
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Buying plants in Germany?

Does anyone know if there are any customs problems if you buy garden plants or trees in Germany? Our new place has a lovely, large yard that's completely naked and I found the selection and prices in Germany to be pretty good.
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Re: Buying plants in Germany?

Some info from the Zollamt:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=de

Essentially, importing the plants listed is forbidden. Importing other plants, as long as for personal use only, is allowed. You will probably be charged MWSt., though.

On the right side of the page, click on '18.51 Einfuhr von Pflanzen durch Privat' for a little more info.


A tip:

In the next couple of weeks most garden centers here will have BIG sales - they don't want to have to overwinter stock. I buy many of my plants in the fall, usually at 50% or more off. You might save yourself a trip that way...


ETA: Another thought about buying from too far away... make sure you understand your mini-climate. I'm just under 800 meters, but I live on the dark side of the Rossberg - given the amount of sun and slightly cooler temps, I've found I need to plant for 'Hohenlage' even though I shouldn't have to at this elevation. I've made a few costly mistakes planting things (fruit trees especially) that just don't thrive here. I've come to rely on the advice of the nice old gentleman at the local Landi, who has since talked me out of several follies. You probably won't have this problem in Volketswil, but just something to think about.

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Some info from the Zollamt:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=de

Essentially, importing the plants listed is forbidden. Importing other plants, as long as for personal use only, is allowed. You will pay MWSt, and duty if the total is over CHF 300.

On the right side of the page, click on '18.51 Einfuhr von Pflanzen durch Privat' for a little more info.


A tip, though:

In the next couple of weeks most garden centers will have BIG sales - they don't want to have to overwinter stock. I buy many of my plants in the fall, usually at 50% or more off. You might save yourself a trip that way...


ETA: Another thought about buying from too far away... make sure you understand your mini-climate. I'm just under 800 meters, but I live on the dark side of the Rossberg - given the amount of sun and slightly cooler temps, I've found I need to plant for 'Hohenlage' even though I shouldn't have to at this elevation. I've made a few costly mistakes planting things (fruit trees especially) that just don't thrive here. I've come to rely on the advice of the nice old gentleman at the local Landi, who has talked me out of several follies. You probably won't have this problem in Volketswil, but just something to think about.
English translation http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Buying plants in Germany?

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did you end up buying plants in Germany? where from?
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Re: Buying plants in Germany?

Hi, I haven't yet but will be shortly since Spring is coming! I've mainly been looking at a garden center in Germany that has lots of plants for sale on the Ricardo website.
I'm also looking for a Canadian maple tree and so far I've only found one mention of one in Switzerland but a few places in Germany had them.
I'll keep you posted. I need lots of hedge plants so I'll definitely be shopping around.
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Re: Buying plants in Germany?

thanks emmy

i need to buy several big ones myself so i appreciate if you tell me where i can start looking
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thanks emmy

i need to buy several big ones myself so i appreciate if you tell me where i can start looking
This is a good address in Germany: www.flash-flowers.de if you are looking for palm trees, citrus, olive trees and the like. Very competent guy, just his English is more or less non-existent. He delivers to Switzerland if he has a load.
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Re: Buying plants in Germany?

anybody knows anything about these:

http://www.blumenschmitt.de/

http://www.dehner.de/

http://www.pflanzen-mauk.de/

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