Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: How to pack succulent cuttings for shipping?

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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Oct 9, 2017 5:20 PM CST
How do I pack them to avoid delivering a box full of ratteling leaves and bare stems?
Im sending miniature variegated jade, sedums.. golden, rubrotinctum, sempervivum, Graptopetalum, crassula gollem. rhipsalis

I know there's no way to avoid some degree of snapping, I just want to avoid a complete disaster.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 9, 2017 8:01 PM CST
The biggest thing you want to avoid is sending a box of mush so don't use plastic or baggies and send your cuttings before it gets too cold. Start by giving the donor plants a good drink of water.

The next day, harvest your cuttings and pack. Loosely wrap each cutting individually in newspaper. Fit them into a box with crumpled newspaper around the edges, top and bottom. Leave lots of air space but, when you shake the box, it should not rattle or shift.

If done properly, you should not have any breakage. Good luck!
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Oct 9, 2017 8:08 PM CST

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Try to use the smallest box that will work, and/or fill the space in between the plants with newspaper or something similar. Less rattling that way. If you want to keep individual rosettes intact, you can also use newspaper (2-3 layers at once maybe) to package each one, maybe with some paper towel inside if you're going for the deluxe treatment. If your individual newspaper packages have some square corners (as opposed to being ball shaped or conforming perfectly to the plant) then those corners will help absorb impacts. Most of the plants on your list can be grown from leaves (yes, I know this is not ideal) so it's not the end of the world if some break up a little. Smiling

Just saw Daisy's post... yes, definitely wait until a day or two (I prefer 2 days) after watering so the plants are maximally pumped up when you take the cuttings.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 9, 2017 8:18 PM CST
I have used those toilet tissue cardboard holders/ paper towel cardboard holders, putting the cuttings inside and plugging both ends with crumpled paper. That way it will not toss around needlessly in the box I use for shipping. But it all depends on the size of your cuttings.

Or I use a bedding of shredded paper, lay them on top of it and add more shredded paper or crumpled paper to make the empty spaces full and lesser tossing of contents.
Name: Paula
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Turbosaurus
Oct 9, 2017 11:46 PM CST
Thanks guys, you've given me a lot of good ideas.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 12, 2017 7:35 AM CST
In addition to the great ideas above, I've also used smaller boxes to pack inside a bigger box, like from various foods, an individual serving box of cereal, box the micro popcorn bags came in, stuff like that.

Succulents are a blast to share/trade via mail in a box because they are able to travel that way so easily!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 12, 2017 8:56 AM CST
It does seem like the cacti and succulents travel better than any other plants. I've received and sent many boxes and they have all arrived in perfect condition. Once, a box sat in the post office for a week, and the plants were still fine.
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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Oct 15, 2017 9:25 AM CST
Luckily my dogs decided to help and ripped the eggcrate foam stuffing from one of their dog beds into a billion tiny pieces just in time- I think its the best packing job I ever did, lol.
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plantmanager
Oct 15, 2017 9:32 AM CST
They wanted to help you! My Rigel is a big helper too.

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 15, 2017 9:46 AM CST
Love the glass-half-full attitude!
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The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
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Name: aud/odd
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Oct 15, 2017 4:48 PM CST
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Name: Lucille
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Lucillle
Oct 17, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Turbosaurus,
I just got my box of cuttings, thank you!!!! Thank You!
Hurray!
Thank you for your generosity and the variety you sent! And I lolled when I saw the shreds of dog bed foam padding my succulents (good job, dogs nodding )
A couple days ago my daughter in law sent two succulents over with my son when he brought the grand baby for a visit, between those and the box of cuttings and what I have bought there is now No More Room!
I put the box with the shreds in my closet and when some of my plants get bigger, maybe in the spring, will send some different ones back to you packed in the same box (good job, dogs nodding ).
Thank you!!!
Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Oct 18, 2017 9:26 PM CST
Well Lucille, now that I made room (HA!),
I bought myself a black rose Aeonium; arboreum โ€˜Zwartkopf

Its not in the greatest shape- but there are three rosettes in the pot and that's what matters! They have pride-of-place under an LED
and Yes, thanks to Baja C. I refrained from watering it ...

Kudos all around Hurray! ! Maybe next summer I'll have something fancy to share.

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