Shipping Plants in Heat Sealed Bags versus Wet Paper Towel in Ziploc Bag: Which one is better? - The Planted Tank Forum
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By KayakJimW
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-30-2020, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 3
Shipping Plants in Heat Sealed Bags versus Wet Paper Towel in Ziploc Bag: Which one is better?

I was wondering which method of shipping plants was better: using heat sealed bags or using the classic wet paper towel wrap in a ziploc bag? This question is posed to both people who purchase plants and online and sellers. Which method allows the plants to arrive in the best shape possible?

Additionally, do plants arrive better in a padded envelope or a box?

Thank you for any advice that you all may have. I greatly appreciate it.

Removed by moderators
Vishaquatics is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-30-2020, 07:41 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
KayakJimW's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Richmond VA
Posts: 1,424
My 2 cents: wet paper towel and Ziploc is easy and effective. Plus it's less risk of damaging the plants while opening the packaging.

Boxes offer more protection than envelopes. Pad the Ziploc with dry paper towels or tissue paper/ crumbled newspaper around it inside the box. Loose, not tight packed, and you're all set
Maryland Guppy likes this.

92% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
KayakJimW is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-03-2020, 08:25 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
JJ09's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Virginia, USA
Posts: 2,701
I don't ship plants often, but when I do my preferred method is to line a small plastic container with a damp paper towel, gently drape over the plant, tape the container shut around edges with packing tape, wrap in several layers of newspaper for some insulation and then put into a small box to ship. Pad around it with more crumpled newspaper or other material so it doesn't shift. They keep enough moisture and don't get crushed.

I save small plastic containers with lids (from toy packaging or fresh herb packets) and small boxes that come in the mail just for this purpose. I started packing plants that way after seeing how they arrive at my own house, ones simply put into plastic baggies or bubble envelopes often have some damage.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
JJ09 is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-04-2020, 03:43 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (17/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: CT
Posts: 586
Wet paper towel, ziploc, and box. The only things I have gotten that were heat sealed were fish and it worked well for them.

RAOK Club #55
reddhawkk is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-04-2020, 04:08 PM
Planted Tanker
 
burr740's Avatar
 
PTrader: (130/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Bama
Posts: 5,848
I do wet paper towels in a zip loc, then all the plant bags inside a plastic shopping bag. That goes in a shipping box which goes inside of a padded fr envelope


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




burr740 is online now  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-04-2020, 08:01 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
StrungOut's Avatar
 
PTrader: (60/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: California
Posts: 2,379
I've shipped syn to the uk that have lasted healthy for 2 week arrival. I like to use sealed containers for bigger boxes of shipping. Airtight lock, wrap just only the roots in paper towel. A lot depends on grower and health of the plant. I'll do ziplocks within the us for small flat rate bagged in a fish bag, the ziplocks have too much airflow, but that depends again on healthy plants. Either way is fine.
StrungOut is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-04-2020, 08:32 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 1,932
i do what most of the others have stated. Wet paper towel, ziploc and I always use a box. I don't trust the mail not turning it into pea soup. If it's going to a warm/cold area I wrap the ziploc in several layer of newspaper for added protection from the weather.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Asteroid is online now  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome