Saturday, January 1, 2011

Can you ship orchards from Belize to Guatemala?

shipping orchids?

i don't know if this is even the right place to post this, if it isn't i'm sorry.

i see lots of talk on here about people mail-ordering orchids, or sending them to one another, and all sorts of things, which leads me to ask: how does one send a relativly fragile tropical house plant through the mail, safely?

i only ask because i had no idea it was such common place, and i have no idea how i would even begin. also, because my mom has been babysitting my very first orchid for 8 months, and i miss it!

anyway, long story summarized: if anyone has some nice safe step-by-step instructions for mailing orchids, i would love it if you could share! thanks!

1. First find a box that is at least an inch bigger in each dimension than the plant.

2. Better if it is 2 inches.

3. Water the plant 2 days before shipping, or the day before if it is fast drying.

4. get some newspaper or butcher paper, and lay the plant down on the paper with a point of the paper sticking out from under the pot.

5. Fold that point around the bottom of the pot and secure with a small piece of tape.

6. Then "roll" the rest of the paper around the plant and pot. You should end up with a sort of V shaped wrapped plant.

7. Tape.

8. Fold the top of the paper down over the top of the plant, making the bend in the paper about 2" above the longest leaf.

9. Tape.

10.Place the wrapped plant into the box, and using packing tape secure the package to the box, with the pot end set firmly against the end or side of the box.

11. Add peanuts or crumpled newspaper, etc. to cushion the sides and top of the wrapped plant.

12. Pack firmly.

13. Close up box.

14. Send priority mail or other 2 day service.


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