On Mother’s Day weekend, those who haven’t already bought a gift are scrambling to find one.
And in South Texas, it’s not unusual for people to cross the border to buy plants and flowers for the special day.
“It gets really heavy and busier around this time of year,” said public affairs liaison for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Brownsville port of entry, Eddie Perez. “Mother’s Day is a time that people like to get their moms, sisters, and grandmothers flowers and plants...and across the border they may be cheaper.”
Specially trained agricultural specialist check personal and commercial importation of flowers year-round, Perez said.
“We do it to make sure [the flowers and plants] they don’t have any pests, insects or signs of diseases on them,” Perez said.
We try and get the word out on the certain types of flowers that are prohibited from crossing, but if anyone is unsure, we ask that they check our website for a list, Perez said.
“If a pest is not known to be in the United States is introduced through one of these flowers or plants that could wreak havoc on the agriculture industry.”