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Old 08-24-2012, 03:37 AM   #1
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How to properly ship plants?


I got some plants which were wrapped in a damp paper towel, bubble wrap, a plastic foam, then put into a small bag, then a big bag, then a brown pouch.

They were squished to death

So I figured I should find out: Whats the proper way to send plants for future reference.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:39 AM   #2
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If the plants were sent in a priority mail box then there should really be no issues with squishing. However, if they were sent by a bubble mailer then that is definitely a possibility. If you're afraid of the plants getting squished it's safer to send them by priority mail.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:45 AM   #3
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Sounds like "brown pouch" was the deal breaker.

I ship in USPS priority boxes and so far no crunched plants. Most stuff goes in a damp towel in a zip lock and that in a plastic bag.

Very delicate stuff like Downoi, I send in a deli container , then in a zip lock.

My vote for best packaging goes to Speedie408, Nick's shipping mgr. is the best. Also, very good at shipping is ohbaby.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:46 AM   #4
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Yeah ive gotten plants from newer shippers in the old bubble wrap and theyre squished and cooked to death. Priority is the only way. I ship them just like fish in a bag, rubber band to make a nice little pouch

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:46 AM   #5
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Sounds like "brown pouch" was the deal breaker.

I ship in USPS priority boxes and so far no crunched plants. Most stuff goes in a damp towel in a zip lock and that in a plastic bag.

Very delicate stuff like Downoi, I send in a deli container , then in a zip lock.

My vote for best packaging goes to Speedie408, Nick's shipping mgr. is the best. Also, very good at shipping is ohbaby714. They should write the sticky on the topic.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:56 AM   #6
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Shipping in bubble mailers, even if priority, is iffy at best unless it's moss or you splurge on rigid plastic containers.

What I do is wrap plants in damp paper towel, put it in a plastic bag with a small cushion of air, seal the bag, wrap that in newspaper or styrofoam, put it in the box, stuff wadded paper in the spare spaces and seal the box.

Don't put a lot of water in the bag.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:00 AM   #7
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I use wet paper towel sealed with good heavy duty plastic sealer.

Does anybody knew if a small priority box can be place inside a clear plastic bag and sealed to prevent water leak? Is this OK with the USPS?
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:03 AM   #8
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They won't take it
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:03 AM   #9
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Put bag inside box
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:09 AM   #10
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I've done this as a side business for about 3 years now, 100's of shipments and I've only ever used bubble mailers and I've never had a bad shipment. I use the plastic ones similar to a UPS bubble mailer. What I do is put the plant in a zip lock bag, squeeze all the air of it, then put all the zip locks into a big zip lock bag and close it without squeezing the air out of it so as to create somewhat of a bubble. Someone would have to stomp on it for it to crush, which could happen I guess but hasn't yet...Shipping boxes priority post in Canada is alot more expensive. This keeps the costs down and works very well...
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:29 AM   #11
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Put bag inside box
Of course. What Im trying to say when the bag inside leaks, the box gets messed up. Even if the outer box is sealed with clear tape.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:37 AM   #12
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Of course. What Im trying to say when the bag inside leaks, the box gets messed up. Even if the outer box is sealed with clear tape.
Double bag it. Almost every plant delivery I've got from this site has been a small priority box with the plants in a single ziplock bag with a tiny bit of water or a slightly damp paper towel. Every single time it has worked. If you are concerned about the bag breaking open, put another bag over the first one.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:41 AM   #13
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The guy charged me $10 for 6 small stems because he said he was putting them in a box. I feel completely ripped off. As soon as I opened it I was like... why is it triple wrapped?

Thank you for the tips though. I figure if anything maybe I can give people tips on how to do it.

I should also add in that the package took 4 days to get here. I was over to get them about 2 hours after they were dropped off, and they weren't outside.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:20 PM   #14
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This question comes up a lot: good time to make a step-by-step instructional post.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:48 PM   #15
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I wrote one up a while ago, sort of:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=165953
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