Shipping Live Plants

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One of the most popular things to decorate your home with during the holidays are live plants. Whether it is evergreen trees or poinsettias, shipping live plants and distance can be a challenge. Here are some tips for shipping plants so that they arrive in the best condition.

Consider Insulation

When shipping plants, particularly in cold weather, you need to ensure that they are kept at a temperature that will ensure they stay alive. In the case of cut flowers or trees, you might be okay with keeping them colder, but check with the type of plant to see if cold will damage the colors. Several types of packing insulation is available. The most popular is polystyrene foam (Styrofoam). This should keep your plants safe for the journey.

Ship as Quickly as You Can

If at all possible, try to ship overnight or two day service. This may not be possible in the case of shipping large bulk or crates of plants. In that case, going with a fast overland service or even air freight would be advisable.

While this does add a considerable amount of cost to the shipping, delays when live plants are being shipped can lead to a large amount of spoilage. Check with your shipping carriers to see what options they offer.

Secure Your Plants

Consider having a custom shipping crate or container made to ship your live plants. Quite often “this side up” arrows and other instructions can be ignored, meaning your plants can be in any orientation for the journey. Having a custom container built to accommodate holding your plants in any direction will lead to damage done by shipping in a less than ideal direction.

To go along with this information, consider shipping plants in vases and other containers without any liquids in them. Liquids in vases can spill during shipping if they are not in the proper orientation. If you must ship using water or other liquids, secure the containers with tight fitting lids that will prevent spillage.

This also goes for plants being shipped in dirt. If you must ship in potting soil, then make sure to cap your plants to keep the soil in place. Also remember to keep the soil at the proper moisture. Soil that is too dry can crumble and fall out. Soil that is too moist can damage the container that it is being shipped in or even freeze if temperatures drop too low. Plan for some of the soil in your shipment to be lost, regardless of how well you pack.

Comply with National and Local Laws

Make sure your plants are legal for the destination they are being sent to. Plants that are not legal for the region can be held up, returned or even impounded.

Shipping live plants can be tricky. Rely on professionals like Cratex Group with years of industrial packaging experience to assist you in your plant shipment.