I'm confused by those using wet paper towels to add moisture. A wet plant freshly taken from a tank and immediately placed into a ziploc bag and sealed will retain close to 100% of it's moisture over the few days of shipment since the baggie is sealed closed.
Exactly. The plants need to remain moist without drying out. You can do that with paper towels or a number of other ways. Paper towels offer no further protection other than holding moisture. It is a very simple process. Growers often ship plants in vacum sealed bags, with most of the air squeezed out and no water other than what was on the plants when it was put in the bag. Aaron and his fellow club members have come up with a way that I guess works for them, but...
High temps are still a problem no matter what you do. The only extra protection you can give is to use a styrofoam box or some other kind of thermal insulation with a cold pack that will hold a temperature for a period of time. Any extra effort made to protect plants in extreme weather is usually worth the effort.
People always keep plants in a fridge or cooler. Produce, flowers, seedlings, you name it. When I get my shipments of plants at the airport, they are stored in a cooler until I pick them up. While the plants are kept cool they are preserved. As soon as they are exposed to warm air they become vulnerable again. Even plants sitting in a sealed box will last longer than those sitting in an open box at room temp.
Haha, and the funny thing is that if you ship it the correct way, it will most likely cost less because the package weighs less without that extra water./QUOTE]
Shipping plants in bags of water is just plain dumb
blow some air into the bag to help keep them from getting smashed in shipment.
Most people blow C02, not air! Filling the space in the box around the plant with anything, newspaper, peanuts, whatever will keep the plants from shifting and prevent breakage.