How to Package Flowers for Shipping

Sending cut flowers and bouquets

Whether you wish to send a bouquet of flowers to a loved one or send a flower arrangement for a special occasion, you should first make sure if it is possible to send fresh cut flowers by courier. Check our packaging guidelines for cut flowers and flower bouquets and restrictions on sending flowers in the mail internationally or domestically.

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*Please have in mind that some courier companies may include flowers in the list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


Packaging flowers for shipping

Send fresh flowers, flower arrangements and bouquets safely by following our step-by-step guidelines on how to package flowers for shipping:

  1. Ensure flowers are watered: Prior to packaging flowers for shipping, keep them in water to keep them fresh.
  2. Secure the stems: Using cable ties or rubber bands, wrap the stems to keep them together.
  3. Protect the stems: Wrap the cut ends of the flowers with moist paper towel to keep the flowers hydrated during transport. Then, add an additional layer of bubble wrap, place into a plastic bag and secure with tape.
  4. Protect the top of the flowers: Take some newspapers or cling film to cover the tops of the flowers so that they do not get crumpled.
  5. Place into box or crate: If possible, we recommend to use a wooden box or a sturdy cardboard box. Place the flowers into the box, onto a bed of cushioning (packing peanuts or newspaper), and cover any empty space with cushioning material to prevent movement.
  6. Seal and label: Seal the box with tape and mark it ‘This way up’ or ‘Fragile’ to minimise the risk of damage from mishandling during transport.


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Frequently asked questions about sending flowers
internationally and domestically

Can I ship flowers with every courier company?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship flowers internationally. For example, DHL, TNT and UPS will not ship packages that contain flowers within the content. Each courier has specific rules and requirements for different shipments and services, so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route. When booking Express or Regular plus shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options further.
Can you ship flowers in the mail, internationally or domestically?
If you wish to send flowers by post within Europe, you must first check if a phytosanitary certificate is required, as the European Union imposes strict regulations for plants and flowers. Likewise, if you are sending flowers internationally outside the EU, you should first check if the specific countries’ restrictions for importing fresh flowers and plants. Most countries have their own set of documents required in order for the shipment to pass customs, and may be subject to quarantine upon arrival. If you do wish to send flowers by mail, please be aware that flowers and plants are considered restricted by most courier companies, so individuals choose to do so at their own risk as insurance will not apply.
Is insurance included when sending plants and flowers by courier?
  • For individuals: Unfortunately, insurance does not apply for shipping prohibited and restricted items and individuals choose to do so at their own risk.
  • For businesses: Depending on the type of courier service, insurance options may be available when shipping flowers to customers. For more information about insurance options for shipping flowers, please contact our experts who will be happy to advise you.
Does Eurosender offer same-day delivery when sending bouquets and flower arrangements?
Yes, same-day collection and delivery options are available within Europe, depending on the route and time of booking, through the Express service. However, please be aware that sending fresh flowers and shipping plant cuttings is restricted by most courier companies. Individuals who choose to send fresh cut flowers do so at their own risk.
Can I choose refrigerated shipping when booking through Eurosender?
At the moment, Eurosender does not provide temperature-controlled transportation but we are currently working on making this service available to customers very soon. Customers who require temperature-controlled transport for shipping fresh flowers or anything else bear the responsibility for possible damages caused during transport.
If you are unsure which service is right for your shipment, please reach out to our experts who can advise you.
How to ship flowers to the UK after Brexit?
Most plants, including cut flowers, must have a phytosanitary certificate for importation and pass a physical health check at an inland place of destination. Do not forget that now the customs are obligatory for all the goods imported to the UK and thus the delivery time may be longer than usual. If you decide to ship flowers to Great Britain, make sure you provide good packaging and comply with the relevant plant health regulations.

Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping flowers. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship flowers, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.