Originally Posted by Mauro Gibo
I meant small plants grown in labs through tissue culture. They looked like leeks. My brother hid 72 plants in a small chocolate box so the customs wouldn't find them. Japan forbids the import of banana plants from Us. Only from Canada is okay. But I didn't find anyone in Canada to send them to me. I hope the results will justify the means though. I don't feel bad about smuggling them because they were guaranteed desease free plants.
Actually, they can be shipped from U.S. to Japan provided
1. they are corms with no leaves and insignificant stalk and very clean - no dirt.
2. the nursery has a CITES permit or gets a phytosanitary certificate for the corm.
The key is that it must be a corm - therefore falling into the seed and bulb category of plant material.