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Jenni
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Username: jenni0206

Post Number: 357
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 06:56 pm:       

I saw an earlier thread regarding shipping plants, but it seemed geared to stem plants. I'm shipping some Java moss to William this coming week, and I want to make the best effort to ensure it's hale and healthy when it gets there.

Later, I might be shipping some anubias.. I saw Flyingfish's description (included below) and wondered what the other plant people thought of it?


Step 1. The plants get individually wrapped in plastic bags or other clear plastic media.
Step 2 With wet newspaper make an envelope for the already plastic wrapped plant. Make it stiff, use a few layers.
Step 3 Each individually plastic then newspaper wrapped packages goes into a huge ziplock bag then an even larger wet newspaper envelope. Finally seal the packaging with tape on all 4 sides.
Step 4 Put into a same size cardboard box for shipping.

Any advice and opinions would be greatly appreciated!!!
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sully
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Username: sully

Post Number: 8620
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 07:00 pm:       

why wrap the first step in plastic and then add all the wet/damp/moist media. The plastic wrap at stage 1 keeps all that moisture out and away from the plant.

my first step is to wrap in a wet newspaper, then something like a damp towel. then plastic. then bag. then dry towel.
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Gopi
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Username: gopi

Post Number: 1844
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 07:51 pm:       

If it's just Java moss, put it in a plastic bag (like a Zip-lock baggie) with just a tad bit of water. I think Cindy said it could go in a regular envelope even...
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sully
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Username: sully

Post Number: 8624
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 09:05 pm:       

nice gopio. bring us back to topic. i get lost in the idea sometimes. roflmao.


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Erin
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Username: shay

Post Number: 1051
Registered: 04-2004


Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 09:08 pm:       

Go easy on the water and I definitly would not wrap plants in plastic or seran wrap. Plants that are put in a plastic bag with air and a little (very little) water tend to do better than plants put in sopping wet paper towels or newspaper.
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Shari
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Username: shari

Post Number: 5715
Registered: 06-2003


Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:34 am:       

I'm with Erin....very little water is really needed.

This is what I do...

For stem plants, and Anubias - Take the plant out of the tank, set it on papertowel, then gently wrap the towel around the entire plant. Place the wrapped plant in a baggie with plenty of room so you don't have to bend anything too much...don't want them breaking :-) Then add enough water to the bag to soak the towels lightly, but not have a bunch of loose water floppin' around. Tie it up, double bag if wanted, pack and ship.

With Riccia, Moss, and the "none breakable" stuff, I do just about the same thing. Only I add more water. Not a LOT, just more soaking of the towels....more surface needs more wetness??? Just my reasoning :-)

The only time I've had a bad experience shipping plants is when I simply place them in a baggie of water. Turned to "Stinky Green Goo"
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Jenni
Regular Member
Username: jenni0206

Post Number: 358
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 08:09 pm:       

Excellent!

Thank you, everyone. :-)
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