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Question People that ship plants often or via envelopes, Questions for you!

I'm wondering if you can ship more plants in the bubble envelopes than in small flat rate box?
Do regular cardboard envelops work just as well or is padded/bubble necicarry?
I'm trying to find a way to ship for less money. I have no idea how the Regional Rate boxes work, I also can't find a chart for them for easy look-up.

I normally just use the standard flat rate boxes, but wondering if similar or more plants could fit in other boxes and end up costing less to the buyers.

So, what size and style boxes/envelopes does everyone use? How many of what kinds of plants can fit into each size you've used?


hoping to find a different shipping solution. Maybe a regular box will end up cheaper if I do the 'wet paper' method instead of bagged with water?

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Hi secuono,

Just a quick FYI; Myriophyllum aquaticum aka parrot feather / watermilfoil is considered an noxious week in half a dozen states and cannot be shipped to them.

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You shouldn't use envelopes to ship plants. The equipment used by the post office to sort mail will turn the plants to pulp.
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Speaking as a customer I won't order if I know they won't be boxed. I'm personally willing to pay extra if need be for proper shipping. I've recieved plants in envelopes with and without bubble wrap. It's not pretty. Usually a total waste of time.

Edit: I meant to add. I complain about shipping costs as much as the next guy. However, if you stop and think that it only costs a few bucks to send a package cross country from door to door in a few days, it's not that bad. Think about what's involved in doing that. It's not as simple and cheap as we all might think. In fact, it's quite surprising it's so inexpensive IMO.
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That's why I ask.
I see tons shipping in envelopes and never tried it before.

Then what about regular brown cardboard boxes not from the post office, how do you limit water to get the best price?
I usually flood the bag with water, since most plants do far better like that. It buffers temp changes, maybe helps with being bounced/tossed around as well.
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Hi secuono,

Just a quick FYI; Myriophyllum aquaticum aka parrot feather / watermilfoil is considered an noxious week in half a dozen states and cannot be shipped to them.
Have a link to a list of states not allowed to ship them to??
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That's why I ask.
I see tons shipping in envelopes and never tried it before.

Then what about regular brown cardboard boxes not from the post office, how do you limit water to get the best price?
I usually flood the bag with water, since most plants do far better like that. It buffers temp changes, maybe helps with being bounced/tossed around as well.
I've never recieced plants in water, just paper towels or news paper dampened.

Flat rate boxes are going to be the cheap route IMO, non-flat rate boxes are weighed and charged according there too. You could find the weight charge shipping rates, weigh the packages yourself and if cheaper than a flat rate box go with that option instead, seems like a lot of extra work on your part though. Keep in mind though to do that you'll need a postal quality scale to determine your shipping weight, I myself wouldn't trust a scale that wasn't labeled as such.
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I hate receiving plants in a wet paper towel. They are always banged up, hot and take extra to get going.
I don't want to do a ton of work just to save the buyer a penny or two. =/

Guess I'll stick with regular flat rate boxes....but the large box and $16 really puts some people off...
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I hate receiving plants in a wet paper towel. They are always banged up, hot and take extra to get going.
I don't want to do a ton of work just to save the buyer a penny or two. =/

Guess I'll stick with regular flat rate boxes....but the large box and $16 really puts some people off...
Still cheaper than most online retailers
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Still cheaper than most online retailers
Hah! With how things sell on here these days, my plants are even more cheap!

Stink bugs have been swarming since last week, last month, leaves have been dropping!!
My bog looks awesome right now, cannot believe fall is coming already!

I've been ripping out of the bog and tossing into the pond all the Parrot feather for a bit now, so much of everything! =D Koi were eating it, but now can't keep up.





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When I was shipping it was always wrapped in wet newspaper or paper towel or both. Have mostly received that way as well. Always with good results so never thought about changing. Have received in padded and unpadded envelopes too and plants looked fine, but that was ups 2nd day.
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