So, Stupid Question Time, Are Houseplants Allowed In The Trucks?

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Michael B.'s Comment
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Hi all, I went to springfield on Sept. 17th for school and got my CDL on Oct. 9th so now I am about to go Memphis for Swifts orientation then out with my mentor. So my stupid question, when I get my own truck is it against state or federal laws to carry a houseplant in the truck across state lines or is it even feasable? I only ask because I have only one plant that I never killed and have had it since 1996. I dont really want to get rid of it. I know I know, seems crazy right?

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Parrothead66's Comment
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I doubt you’d have any problems with it being in the truck. As long as it’s not something huge or a marijuana plant 😂😂😂

Old School's Comment
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Hey Michael, put the word "mint" in the search bar at the top of this page. Read that first suggested thread that pops up at the top of of the list.

I know I know, seems crazy right?

You'll be glad to know you're not the only crazy truck driver out here. Occasionally I will see a truck at a truck stop with several potted plants sitting out around the truck, basking in the sun. I'd take a plant with me, but I'm afraid I might start talking to it. Then I'd know for sure I was losing it. smile.gif

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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You might have trouble going into California. On my one visit there on vacation, there was a big sign across the interstate saying stop for agricultural inspection. I was expecting something like a weigh station, for truckers to pull into for inspection. Nope, they stopped everyone, right in the road, and asked about fruits, vegetables, etc. Had to do with disease and insects.

Other than that, I don't see an issue, and even CA may not care about a houseplant.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Pete B.'s Comment
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Hello Michael, PLEASE Please please post a pic of this plant you’ve been caring for since 1996... I have got to see this!!

Pete B.'s Comment
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...because as a plant lover myself, I’m very interested.

Thanks, Pete

Michael B.'s Comment
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Here you go Pete, I couldnt figure out how to put a picture on here so I put it as my avatar. I got this just after my divorce and it has been going strong ever since. It has been bigger and smaller but always strong!! I dont really trust just anyone to remember to water it so I will take it with me when I get my own truck.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Wow, that’s awesome Michael! Great looking plant. The only issue I see is situating it in your truck so that the soil doesn’t spill out when you’re traveling over potholes and bumpy roads. That green is really going to spruce up your cab.

Cantankerous Amicus's Comment
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Now you guys got me thinking about what to do with my plants. I don't think I can take them back to the states with me. I have a couple bonsai trees that probably wouldn't fare well across the ocean or on the road.

What are you going to do for your plant in the extreme temperatures throughout the year when you might be away from the truck?

Wow, that’s awesome Michael! Great looking plant. The only issue I see is situating it in your truck so that the soil doesn’t spill out when you’re traveling over potholes and bumpy roads. That green is really going to spruce up your cab.

Make a hanging basket with bungee cords and shock absorbers. good-luck.gif

Michael B.'s Comment
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The soil is currently about 2-3 inches below the top of the pot so hopefully its enough to keep soil from bouncing out, if not I can always put it in a bigger pot. It wasnt watered for 3 1/2 weeks while I was at C1 in Springfield (they forgot about it). But I only water it 3-4 times a month anyways.

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