Well I hope the point is coming across clearly to all those individuals who are selling plants. Don't sell if you do not understand how to do the above because you leave a bad taste in the buyers mouth and make it harder for the good guys who tries to sell plants.
Here are a few things I've learnt along the way:
There is no need to to sell stems above 10" or worse 20+"
tall with roots and all. Maybe for a newb this sounds like you are selling something but it shows inexperience IMO.
Length of stems should to max of 7" or as tall as your ziplock bag allows without bending a plant
. If the plant is indeed taller, use a bigger bag/ box which prevents the stems from being bent.
Do not wrap the plants up in water logged
paper towel. This does not mean a a paper towel cannot be used because it can if done right. This is how I've shipped well over a hundred Erios that I've sold. Basically I use it to keep the leaves intact not to provide moisture
by folding them like a cigar in either 5 x 2 or 4 x 2 sheets and then damp the towel. Some use filter floss which works great but I do the above with good success.
Do not pour water in the zip lock bag.
Fold the zip lock bag in such a way as to prevent movement in the bag and secure the zip lock in you box. When the P.O guys are unloading/loading the boxes it prevents the plant from bouncing about causing more damage.
Do not cut stems and leave it in a bucket of water for 'days' as you figure of the sale.
7) Give accurate description of what you are selling
or even better post pictures. If you are selling subpar, deficient & algae ridden stems I'm sure the buyer would like to know that
. Leave it up to them to make a decision to get it even if conditions are'nt good. Don't give them a surpise because thats when problems arise.