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Old 06-29-2007, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was just wondering what the best way to ship plants in the heat is. I am trying to get around using a cold pack and was wondering if there was any tricks that will help them make it. I will be shipping them USPS two day. I was thinking that i would add more water to the bag but wasn't sure if that would work or not. Thanks for any help.
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More water? Are you trying to boil them? HA!

Personally, I don't even chance shipping plants right now. The only way you are going to get them to people is by using cold packs. Otherwise, with the heat of summer and lack of AC during shipping combined with an enclosed USPS trailer, it's like throwing plants into plastic-wrap covered container into a 130F oven. There is no guarantee during extreme heat or cold. Maybe you'll get lucky... talk to some of the other people that ship plants during this time of the year, and see what they do.

Without cool packs, the plants are likely to either dry out or turn into mush!
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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More water isn't the answer. Less water is the answer.

Here's how I do it:

- Trim the plants in question and lay them on a towel.
- Fold the towel over the plants so they're sandwiched in the towel and gently pat them to wick some of the moisture away
- Tear a piece of quality paper towel and wet it thoroughly. Now ring it out as best you can and unravel it back into a sheet. Note: high quality paper towels tend to not tear when unraveling.
- Now take the plants you dried off somewhat and shake them a little bit to loosen the leaves from each other.
- Gently and loosely roll the plants up in the damp paper towel.
- Place that in a quality fish bag and tie the bag tightly at the end.

The key here is to keep the plants humid. That's all they need. There's no need for excessive water. This method works well in freezing conditions as well. I've shipped hundreds of packages this way and only once or twice have I had an issue. Happy packaging.
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A cold pack is really ineffective unless it is used in conjuction with a styro box or a box lined with styro. I also discovered an alternative to styro boxes. There is a company that makes thermal bags for shipping frozen products, such as medical, food, etc. Its light weight and may be used inside any box. Its just as effective as styrofoam, maybe even better.

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What matters too is having good communication with the person you're shipping to. They should always, always be notified that the plants are on their way. The less time they sit in that hot mailbox, the better. In fact, you can even put everything into a box too large for the mailbox so it doesn't.
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