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Question Packaging plants for shipment?

I want to ship some plants to someone in Ohio. How do I package them for the present weather conditions, without heat packs?
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I shipped plants to NY a couple weeks ago, when it was very cold, and to NM a couple months ago. I use plastic bags, a hard-sided tube (the kind tea comes in) if I have one, and some of that cotton batting from the craft store.
Have only shipped twice, and both were tough-as-nails Java fern plants and plantlets, but that's what works for me:

1. Wet the batting, squeeze out the excess so it's damp, but not dripping
2. Wrap the plant gently
3. Bag the plant and batting
4. Bag it again to prevent leaks
5. (optional) Pop the whole thing into the hard-sided container
6. Box up and ship!
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Cold doesn't harm plant cuttings, as long as they don't freeze. It is high temperatures that quickly convert them to green mush. When I mail cuttings I put the wet cuttings in a dry paper towel, and put that in a ziplock bag. I use priority mail boxes, so I just stuff the bag in the box and add some crumpled paper if necessary to keep them from bouncing around.

I did a test a year or so ago, where I packaged plant cuttings in three boxes, one with wet newspaper, one with a dry towel, and one with no towel at all, just damp plants in the bag. Then I left them in the back of my car, for 3-4 days, with the car in the sun a few times for a half hour or so, the rest of the time in my garage. When I checked the plants afterwards, all were about the same, with one type of plant in bad shape, and the others in good shape. So, a lot depends on the plant being mailed.

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if its really cold line the box with styro foam.
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I've shipped hundreds of plants with very few deaths. I put them in a plastic bag. I drain any water. I make sure plants are nice and wet, however. I try to leave some air (exhale CO2) in the bag so that the plastic doesn't rest against the leaves and block air flow. I put plastic bad in OVERSIZED box at least 2"-3" on each side of plant. I pack paper shreds, newspaper is preferable, all around plants tightly. Seal with tape - all edges. Mark box "Live Plants, Perishable". That might help with PO not leaving boxes in mail box or in PO an extra day.

Unless the plants get lost in the mail or sit outside in below freezing or hot hot sun for many hours they will be fine.

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Mark box "Live Plants, Perishable". That might help with PO not leaving boxes in mail box or in PO an extra day.
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how do you guys ship plants that are larger than 18 inches? say a lotus?

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Check out this link at USPS:
http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stor...-1&WT.ac=26002

I've used this large mailing tube for large swords.

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(P.S. I just noticed they have a smaller 25" one also...)

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