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Q.Shipping a live plant

Zone Chico, CA 95926 Zone 9 | Anonymous added on November 30, 2018 | Answered

When I read your online article on how to ship a live potted plant by mail, the author suggested using a collar of cardboard. Can you buy a cardboard collar? If so, where can I buy them. If not, can I make them and if so do you have any instructions as to how to do it?

I thank you for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you.


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Answered on December 1, 2018

Eric, if you don't have cardboard to form into a collar shape, look to the home improvement stores for a "quick form" cardboard tube like this one. https://www.homedepot.com/p/SAKRETE-8-in-x-48-in-Concrete-Form-Tube-65470075/100321209. They come in various widths. Any kind of cylinder will do from PVC pipe (heavy) to dryer vent tubing. Also, mailing stores like the Fed Ex store will pack for you, for a price. Ask local florists what they do; maybe you can buy a mailing box from them. Lastly, consider a small box that will fit over the plant's container a protect the stems. Fill in open areas with tissue paper or packing peanuts. Make sure to mark it Fragile, This End Up.

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