Preparing Plants for Shipping

remy_gwApril 7, 2008

Hi All,

I was asked (and have been asked before) about how to prepare plants for shipping. I put together a photobucket album with descriptions of how I do it. I may have been too thorough, but better than not enough info right? lol.

I do hope people find it helpful!

Remy

Here is a link that might be useful: Preparing Plants For Shipping

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belfastmom

I love it! This is really helpful for us newbies (and maybe some not-so-newbies too). A picture truly is worth a thousand words. Thanks Remy, for taking the time to do this for us.

Pauline (belfastmom)

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 5:28PM
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medontdo(8)

pretty cool!! i put mine in that messy shredded paper! they love it, and it works great in the summer and so on, i like your instructions too!! :'))

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 8:54PM
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chrizty

loved it remy! thanks, pics are easier to understand than words for me lol
think im gonna start mailing on mondays from now on too, in hopes of nothings sitting on sundays drying out.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 10:22AM
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remy_gw

Medo,
Thanks! Shredded paper is a good packing material, not as messy as styrofoam peanuts for me. I'm a bit of a spaz though, lol.

Crizty,
Thanks!
The sending on Mon. or Tues. is also a very good tip for people to know.
Sue(Chemocurl) also mentioned in another thread about using a toilet paper roll as a packing device for small delicate plants. I thought that was a great idea.

The more tips the better : )
Remy

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 8:02PM
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sassybutterfly_2008(7 NorthWest GA)

This was a FANTASTIC tutorial!! I've saved it :)
Thankyou VERY much for sharing!
~Wendy

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 10:23PM
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tuscanseed(7)

Very nice, Remy. I have some additional suggestions. One, tape the plastic-wrapped portion of the plant to the newspaper, before folding the newspaper, by a couple of pieces of scotch tape, that way, the plant does not torpedo out the open end on the top while the box is in transit and upside down. Do not scotch tape the actual plant! Second, for fragile or small plants, add a popsicle stick or bamboo stick next to the plant's stem for added protection or protection from movement damage. Have the stick taller than the plant. The stick can be securely taped to the plastic wrap around the roots, and a twistie can be applied loosely around the plant's top parts. If you ever order from a nursery, you may find sticks with plants to prevent movement damage during transit.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:06AM
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pixiesluvplants(9)

Remy, This is awesome!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!! and great additional ideas Tuscan!

Thanks

Trina

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 2:43PM
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chrizty

more great ideas!
what about bulbs? how do you usually send them?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 6:42PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

After most of the foliage has browned and died back, I cut the rest of it off. I then wrap each variety in just enough newspaper to keep them together...maybe folding it and taping it. Be sure to stick the name inside.

Small trades of small bulbs if they are under 13 OZ can be sent First Class mail, and it goes just as fast as Priority (says my postmaster). 1 LB Priority is $4.60 (now anyway) yet 13 OZ First Class is just $3.17, and a little less for each ounce under that.

I hate to say how many times members wasted money sending a 1 LB Priority when it could have gone for first class for considerably less.
This week alone one-sender pd $4.60 for a 1 LB Priority...could have paid $2.49 for 9 OZ.

Another one this week mailed using the Flat Rate and the box was 2 LB 4 OZ...and could have been mailed Priority by the pound for just $6.40. Flat rate boxes are certainly not always the best deal! It just depends upon the weight of that box, and just how far it is going.
For folks really close to me (mail zones 1 and 2) I can send an 11 LB box for $8.80...still less than the flat rate.

Besides it saving me money, having and using the scale, it also helps traders on the other end too. If I pack a box and it weighs 1 LB 4 OZ, I will have to pay for a 2 LB box. In that case, I include extras to bring it up closer to 1LB 15 OZ so as to not go over to 3 LBS.

Sue...who saves on postage money so she has more money to ship more plants.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 11:49PM
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chrizty

good info thanks sue!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 12:51AM
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happyseed(7)

Thanks very much for the lesson on packing. I really needed it and I am sure it will help. Sonja

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 6:44PM
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ladygreensleeves

that was a cool tutorial.....Thanks for taking the time to do that for us.And thanks to all for the advice on packin and shipping too. Ya'll are great!
Regina

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 1:24AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

bump>

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 12:15PM
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chrizty

im just adding to wash as much dirt off as you can, they dont need it for shipping,n weighs the box more, not saying any MY name here but...:) i got some good advice n thought id share:)

    Bookmark   June 1, 2008 at 1:20PM
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corgicorner(Mass 6/7)

Today I received a box of plants that was half full. There was insufficient packing. REMEMBER, if when you gentley shake the box, if you can feel or hear a rattle it needs more packing. If you don't add packing there is a good chance that the plants will NOT arrive in good/excellent condition.
"corgicorner"

    Bookmark   June 7, 2008 at 9:49PM
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livingdedgrrl(z5 OH)

I hope more people see this post. I've gotten some trades where it was all I could do to help the plants recover because they were so dry by the time they got to me because of packaging issues.

I used to work at a place that shipped aquatic plants. We always used 3-4 sheets of newspaper (just like this lady) and dunk the whole thing in a bucket (and tie the baggie on the outside so the water wouldn't destroy the box). We also used butcher paper.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 12:18PM
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chrizty

bump:)

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 9:52PM
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remy_gw

bump : )

    Bookmark   November 2, 2008 at 8:36PM
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knittlin(8b)

Great tutorial, Remy. Thanks for posting it. This needs to stay on the first page.

Anyone reading to learn how to pack plants, be sure to open each photo and read the captions below. You'll get all the information you need right there.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2009 at 10:23PM
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remy_gw

Thanks Knittlin. I'm glad it was helpful to you : )
Remy

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 9:22PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

AND USE A BOX. A BOX. A BOX.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 5:11PM
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angelady777 (was angelady on GW) - Zone 6(6)

Thanks, Remy! I wish I had seen this a long time ago... I had sooo many questions about shipping plants. I just packaged up a bunch of stuff for a big round robin swap, so I'm glad I figured some of this out on my own. The pictures were very helpful!

Blessings,
Angela

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 4:28PM
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remy_gw

I'm glad the pics helped you : )
Remy

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 10:00PM
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outnproud(5 West MI)

Bump.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 2:31PM
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remy_gw

I figure it is time for a bump : )
Remy

    Bookmark   May 24, 2009 at 7:50PM
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countrycarolyn(6-7nwTN)

Well I appreciate the bump cause I was sure a wondering how to send a plant properly. Heck I didnt know the offtopic conversations were here till chemocurl mentioned to me. Thanks for reading my mind lol. Thankyou for the time spent on the demo, Remy. Thankyou Sue for mentioning the off topic discussions.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 9:26PM
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forestelves

Thanks, Now I send cuttings and root plants now that I know how.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2009 at 4:58PM
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remy_gw

Figure it was time for a bump: )

    Bookmark   May 2, 2010 at 10:58AM
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corgicorner(Mass 6/7)

Give very serious consideration asking the sender to water plants before digging. If not possible, soak the plants in water before planting. You may save a lot of leaves by doing so. I am requesting senders to do this starting now.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 7:24PM
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remy_gw

time to bump this up : )

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 10:12PM
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mavis07(z7VA)

The demo is very helpful! I still have a question - how do you pack and ship plants that are tall and blooming. They wouldn't fit in a regular box.
Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 9:03AM
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mavis07(z7VA)

bump!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 9:05AM
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remy_gw

Mavis,
Glad you liked it. Those kinds of plants, I try to find the longest box that still will go without an extra charge from Priority Shipping so about 16" long. So the box is not a post office Priority box. Then I angle the plant into the box. Some plants newer growth like the upper 3rd can be carefully bent without breaking. Sometimes though, they just need to be cut back. People often tell the other trader the plant is big and need to be cut back to fit in the box so the person receiving knows what to expect.
Remy

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 9:17AM
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mavis07(z7VA)

Thanks Remy!
I've wanted to send plants but everything just looks too big! A 16' box should do pretty good tho. Thanks for the tips too. I guess they plants should do okay if they have a good root system and they are cut back some. I'll have to give it a try.

Mavis

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 10:21PM
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welcomesite(8B)

I shipped a half dozen starter Crossvine plants to a few people this year and I used Spanish Moss to pack the box.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 2:25PM
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remy_gw

Bumping up.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 9:50PM
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herbladyisin

We are moving from Ca to TN in Jan by UHall. Will be on the road for 6 days. How do I take my comfrey roots for the trip. I will dig them up on the day we leave then what? put them in a box lined with plastic, lay them in the box and cover with moist shavings? I need yes this would work or what I should to. I have 20 plants.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2014 at 10:52PM
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