Boxes for Shipping Plants

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Boxes for Shipping Plants
The box needs to be sturdy but not weighty. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Plant exchanges and clubs have become extremely popular. They provide growers with a means of acquiring unusual or cheaper versions of plants. Collectors use plant exchanges to increase their collection and many people even sell their home-grown efforts. This means a lot of plant shipping. You need to be aware of the regulations in the state you are shipping to so that you don't inadvertently defy any laws. Protection is paramount when boxing up plants for shipping.

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Insulated Box

Insulated boxes are necessary when shipping in fall and winter. Some of the zones that the plant has to pass through are going to have snow and cold temperatures and the plant can be adversely affected. Most storage facilities and cargo areas are not heated and aeroplane travel will be especially cold for the plants. You can include a heat pack if you are doing overnight shipping to help keep the plant warm.

Wax Lined Corrugated Box

Wax lining will prevent the passage of moisture, which will weaken the structure of the box. The plant should be shipped medium-wet and it could cause some leakage during transit. Rapid cooling and warming such as occurs in flight will cause the plant to expand and the pot to sweat. Corrugated cardboard is extremely strong and make up of layers of textured paper that strengthen the box. FedEx recommends water proof tape around all the corners of the box too.

Foam Containers

Foam containers are lightweight and good at absorbing bumps. They are rather costly but can be reused so if there is a plant exchange the box can be returned. Foam container use is like packing the plant in foam peanuts. It gives instant cushioning and helps keep the plant from sliding around. You will still need to pad the open spaces of the box with something. Overnight or priority shipping is necessary when mailing plants. They can dry out and be exposed to unhealthy conditions if it takes them too long to reach their destination.

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