Growing in 2021

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Re: Growing in 2021

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Lucky you, I grew Mayan Gold a few years ago and they are very nice.
I have no idea why I didn't grow them again, but now I want to ... just when all seed potatoes are in short supply here. :roll:
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And I couldn't even send you some - exports of seed potatoes aren't allowed! Argh!!!
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Post: # 294501Post Green Aura »

I remember, many, many moons ago, working with a nurse who was going home to Ireland to see her family. She was planning on taking her sister some condoms (illegal in Ireland at the time) and we had a long chat about how many she thought she could sneak through in her luggage.

Who'd have thought, 40-odd years later we might have to have a similar discussion about spuds! :(
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Re: Growing in 2021

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I am totally confused about what can and can't be sent to Ireland from the UK.
Seed potatoes and plants with soil attached have been mentioned several times in the media. But ... I ordered some strawberry plants from Dobies back in November which stated dispatch in 7-10 days. They were dispatched on 31st of December and arrived here on Tuesday, in remarkably good condition considering being stuck in transit for nearly 2 weeks.
There were no customs problems and indeed Dobies terms and conditions still maintain that delivery of seed potatoes and plants to Ireland is OK, but not to most of Scotland or Cornwall. :dontknow:

On another point, I ordered a small item from that Amazing company and it was UK VAT free, making it 20% cheaper, and Irish customs have stated that will not start charging Irish VAT for items under a certain amount until May. :iconbiggrin:
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Fink that the rules changed on 1st January. It's the phytosanitary certificate that is causing the trouble. It all used to work under the general EU rules which applied to everyone. Now the UK has to do its own thing and showing that seed potatoes and plants meet the required regulations - well sh!t has happened. Of course there's been plenty of time to have a look at such things whilst everyone was drinking coffee and negotiating but such details seem to be beyond the remit of the UK government.

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Re: Growing in 2021

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Odsox wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:57 am

There were no customs problems and indeed Dobies terms and conditions still maintain that delivery of seed potatoes and plants to Ireland is OK, but not to most of Scotland or Cornwall. :dontknow:

But who would want to import seed potatoes to Scotland? It's us that grow and export them! :scratch:

I knew there was something on the BBC about that - had to go all the way back to Christmas to find it:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... s-55436204

Have fish quotas had their chips?
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ina wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:26 pm
Odsox wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:57 am

There were no customs problems and indeed Dobies terms and conditions still maintain that delivery of seed potatoes and plants to Ireland is OK, but not to most of Scotland or Cornwall. :dontknow:

But who would want to import seed potatoes to Scotland? It's us that grow and export them! :scratch:
Maybe gardeners who want to grow varieties that Scotland doesn't grow, like the Sarpo varieties which come from Hungary and Romania
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Possible. But see my edit on the post above.
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Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294507Post Odsox »

Yes, this has been on the Irish news a few times. The sooner Scotland is back in the EU the better :iconbiggrin:

However, the point I was trying (and failing) to make was, Dobies will not put live plants on a lorry and deliver them to (say) Truro*, but is willing to put them on a lorry and take them to the far west of Wales, put them on a ferry, drive them across the whole width of Ireland to deliver them to me, 250 Km further west.

* bear in mind Dobies are in Paignton, Devon to start with.
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