07-28-2006, 12:18 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Torrance, CA
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
Hey Dale, here are some tips!
Trim whatever portions that you are planning to bring. Then, carefully arrange the plants and put them into a ziplock bag with a small amount of tank water (enough to keep the plants moist, not wet). Some people will wrap damp paper towels around the plants in order to amke the plants more sturdy, but I've also read that can crush the plants. I've never tried it though, so I can't tell you which way is better. I always blow some air into the bag to make sure that the plants don't get squashed by anything during shipping/the ride. Also, make sure you don't overpack delicate stems, since they might get crushed by the weight of other plants on top of them.
That is the traditional way of transporting plants. At the last meet, I saw people bring their plants in tupperware filled with water, which is also a good idea. The only downside I can think of with that method is that the plants might get violently sloshed around if there are any air pockets.
I just mentioned this in the other thread, but some people like to refrigerate their trimmings the night before sending them out. I don't think that'll be necessary, but it certainly might make things easier for you if you have everything bagged the night before.
OH YEAH, I strongly recommend that people label the bags their plants are in, if they are packing plant by plant. Some of the more experienced members might not need the labeling (cough Tony), but I'm sure the newcomers would really appreciate it.