Grape Vines from Quebec

Discussion in 'Grapes and Grape Vines' started by vitog, Mar 31, 2022.

  1. vitog

    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Is anyone aware of BC rules preventing the importation of grape vines to BC from Quebec? I tried to buy a vine from a Quebec nursery and was told that BC legislation prevents shipping from Quebec to BC.
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    I'm curious enough to try finding the answer in web searches but not having any luck except for this lead - Vine Sources | BC Grape Growers' Association

    Perhaps someone on the list would be able to answer your question. Will you please share what you learn on the Forums if someone here can't tell you?
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I know nothing about grapes, but when I contacted a tree grower in Ontario about getting an almond tree, he said regulations restricted almond tree growing - he was legally banned from shipping to BC. Something to do with almonds being related to peaches and potentially bringing disease into the province and decimating our commercial peach production. Sigh. I really wanted an almond tree or two. I suspect the same type of issue may apply to your grapes, though I know all sorts of different kinds of grapes are imported from multiple countries. It is perplexing.
     
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    You might try contacting the Wine Growers of BC at 1-800-661-2294.
     
  6. DavidB52

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    Yeah, BC bans the import of certain plants from other provinces.
    Not just grapes.
    I suppose the goal is to prevent certain plant diseases to be brought into BC.
    But the rules seem to be followed inconsistently.

    For example, Silver Creek Nursery in Ontario has a statement on their website that they don't ship to BC:

    Help & FAQ

    "Regretfully we cannot ship to BC or USA due to CFIA regulations."

    I have seen similar messages from other nurseries in Ontario and Quebec.
    But not in others.

    And I've still been able to order from nurseries in both provinces without a hiccup: Butternuts, Sea Buckthorn, Buffalo Berry, Black Locust, Alder trees, etc.

    Either some nurseries have adopted a blanket policy for everything to avoid being specific, or other nurseries are blatantly ignoring the rules.

    I've even been able to order from the US and Russia (before the present activities) through Etsy. No problem.
    So, find out the exact species of grape plant you want, and then try to find it somewhere else; it's available, but may take some time to find.
     
  7. vitog

    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Thanks for the replies. I haven't found a way around the problem with Quebec deliveries; but I'm trying to order a Jupiter grapevine from Whiffletree Farm & Nursery (in Ontario), as suggested in another thread.

    By the way, I tried to order this grapevine twice earlier and received a notice that my application had been rejected because it failed the Google reCAPTCHA check. Since I had utilized the Chrome AutoFill/AutoComplete, I tried filling in the order info manually; and the order went through with no problems.
     
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    Were you successful in getting what you ordered from Whiffletree?
     
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Junglekeeper, I'm still waiting for the shipment to arrive. The nurseries in the east only ship live plants later in spring; their website didn't allow any shipping dates until around mid-May. At least I haven't received a notice that they can't ship, such as the one that I got from the Quebec nursery.
     

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