04-19-2011, 11:57 AM
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I've only shipped plants a few times, with varying success. I took a small plastic bag that fish come in from stores, put maybe 2 tablespoons of water in, then the plants, and left just enough air to make the bag like a pillow when it was closed, and sealed with packing tape. Then I inserted this in another same-sized plastic bag upside down and sealed it. The idea here was to prevent water leaking out of bag 2 even if it did leak a bit from bag 1. This bag I then placed in a cardboard box to prevent the bag being squashed in transit which would break it obviously. I used first class mail. I live in Canada, and my destinations were in the USA, so this made it more expensive that it would be within the USA. A couple reached their destination fine, some did not.
Some use wet paper towels instead of any actual water. They wrap the roots and plant leaves in several layers of moist paper towels (newspaper also works), seal that in plastic bags, and there you are. I will probably try this method next time if there is a next time. The higher cost of shipping from Canada to the US is prohibitive.
I would do this in mild or warm weather. I believe plant nurseries that do ship in the colder months use heat packs, further expense.