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Hi all, I'm thinking of ordering plants and I was wondering if shipping plants would be a problem in this cold weather? In your experience, would my plants be frozen when they arrive or "preserved" like some online vendors say?
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If the plants actually freeze it can and usually will damage the tissues of the stem and leaf. Most companies I have seen will put a heat pack in the package when shipping during cold weather. Just being cold for a short period of time won't kill most plants but an actual freeze will.


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you would probably have to do overnight shipping, which in turn could cost more than the actual plants.

I was thumbing through some the other day and wanted to order, but the shipping cost more than the plants..lol crazy eh..so I'll wait till warmer weather I guess.
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how do the online vendors usually package the plants ??? i mean, do they wrap it around with newspaper or use styrofoam?

how good of a job does a heat pack do??

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I;ve gotten frozen plants before, and they survived. As long as you get them before they can totally freeze they should be ok, if the tips are frozen, they'll probably make it, even on the more delicate species.
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I sent out an A. coffeefolia in a styrofoam box about 2 weeks ago. Went about 500 miles and the plant froze solid. Interestingly, I sent out another Anubias prior to that without a styrofoam box, it went 3000 miles and it did just fine. Depends on whether it gets received at the destination or sits outside in the cold.

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Always use express mail in the colder months. The postal service will leave priority mail on the porch without even thinking about it. They have to hold express mail unless specifically told not to. It's not the transport that will get the plants, it's how it's handled on at the destination by the delivery company. Besides it's only a couple dollars more.

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Yep. wish I had done that, Del. That coffeefolia was a beauty. I'll keep that in mind for the future.

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If you get Signature Confirmation on the Priority Mail it can't be left. It needs a signature.
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Thats an extra service for priority that cost, I believe, 5.95. I don't think you saving yourself any money and the plants are on the road for an extra day or two.

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Sorry, I was thinking about restricted delivery.

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I just sold some Riccia Fluitans and gave two clippings of some Anubias Nana as a gift plant. The package went to New Jersey during the week and it was below 32 degs F. at night. The plants made it just fine from the email responce I got from the buyer.

I packed it in a few layers of newspaper then placed that in a ziplock plastic bag. I then would get some water from the tank the plants came from and pour it into the plastic bag just enough to wet the paper and a little more to keep it moist.

This bag would go into another ziplock bag to insure no leakage. Then I would wrap the whole thing with bubble wrap and place it into a box supplied from FedEx.

The package was send By FedEx Express and was held at FedEx station for pick up from costumer. This way the package is not left in the cold but in a building that is warmer than outside.


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