Originally Posted by JoeReal
You'll never know for sure. EVEN IF the Bangkok inspectors have done their job to the dotted i's and crossed t's, it could be cross contamination from shipments from other sellers and shippers who don't bother with phyto inspections and paper work. The mixture of plants will go together into one container, and you know when that happens even if you have a sickingly clean plant to start with. Banana plants have more water than other plants and hold on to it longer too, and if the other plants with scales have dried out, guess they have no choice but to sip on Harvey's very plump variegated banana.
Joe, it only took two days from shipment until arrival at customs and the box was sealed well with tape completely covering all seams. Cross-contaimination seems extremely unlikely. Scale moves quite slowly as well, I believe. It wonder if the inspectors do anything to sanitize the box before sending it on. Guess they didn't want to spend the $.41 to mail me the paperwork.