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Is it worth trying to ship plants in Winter?

I'm in Cleveland and the temps are as low as 30's and as high as 50's. I was going to offer a RAOK of some Rotala Indica, but I got wondering if I should even bother. What experiences have you had shipping in the Winter in this type of climate?

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I've never had any problems getting plants when its cold out. As long as they don't freeze they should be fine.
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I shipped some plants during the "cold spell" Ohio went through. Well compared to now it was a cold spell!

Anyways I didn't use any heat packs and no one complained about plant condition. Main plants were Java Moss, Rotala Indica, and some Java Fern plantlets. Most packages spent 4-5 days in the mail.

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IMO it's much better to ship in the cold than in the heat. If you've ever gotten plant soup you know what I mean.

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IMO it's much better to ship in the cold than in the heat. If you've ever gotten plant soup you know what I mean.
*nods* yep. plants are much more tollerant of cold then hot. heat cooks them. Cold just slows them down. unless it gets to sub freezing they would be fine. all depends on where they are going to and how long they will be in transit.


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There's no problem as long as plants don't freeze - if it's below zero and the plants sit out on the porch overnight, you'll have some issues. Never had any problems shipping in winter. I actually refrigerate the plants in the bag overnight prior to shipping.

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The plant will fare better being shipped when it's cold as compared to hot IME.

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Thanks for the replies, guys! I will post the RAOK today.
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