Shipping cut flowers or flower bouquets
Many people like to send a bouquet as a nice gesture of a thank you. Having fresh flowers on your dining table is something that brightens up any house. However, cut flowers are very delicate objects and need to be treated with the utmost care. This goes both for taking them home with you from the florist’s shop and for sending them with a courier. And although it is possible to send your fresh cut flowers via courier, there are certain restrictions related to their transportation. Therefore, we have provided some helpful shipping and packaging guidelines for cut flowers and flower bouquets.
Due to Eurosender’s door-to-door shipping services, shipping has gotten more convenient. We will organise your shipment and take over the communication with the logistics companies.
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After the order is done, you need to prepare the flowers for shipment.
- First, you need to prepare your flowers for transportation. This needs to be done properly either before sending plants via courier or before shipping the flowers to another location. For that purpose, we have prepared some packaging guidelines for fresh cut flowers and bouquets. Check them and secure your shipment properly.
- Before shipping flowers, you need to nest them in the box while packaging. Afterwards, take its dimensions and insert them into the Shipment Size Checker. This tool will help you determine which type of shipping services suits you best.
- Take into consideration that you might need extra packaging materials when a vase is included. If the vase is fragile, additional packaging is necessary to cushion and protect the vase from damaging during the shipping. This vase should be empty of water. Various items are prohibited to ship via courier, one of these is water. Water may leak during shipment and cause product damage.
- Most flowers need to be treated delicately, which is why it is recommended to use a pallet when you are sending several packages with flowers in one order. Using a pallet significantly enhances the safety of your items during transportation. If you are not sure what shipping option is the most suitable for you, contact our logistics experts for detailed information on the case.
- It is very easy to book shipping services on our platform and the entire ordering process will take less than 5 minutes. It is very important to provide exact shipment details and correct personal information.
- Place an order at least 2 business days before the expected pick-up date.
- Another benefit is that Eurosender insures each shipment for up to €200 automatically. Given that plants and flowers are on the list of restricted items, you need to check the items that are not covered by shipping insurance. It means that sending potted plants via courier is at your own risk.
When following the right guidelines, it is possible to ship cut flowers and flower bouquets. In case you need any more information and details, our customer support agents will gladly assist you. Moreover, they will provide an instant delivery quote for your shipment.
Interested in sending potted plants as well? Visit our page with specific packaging guidelines for this kind of shipment here.
Materials you need to pack flowers for shipping
As flowers are delicate and fragile items, you have to take the appropriate packaging materials to protect them during transit. Here you find the list of materials you will need to prepare your flowers for transportation.
- Paper towels – take moist paper towels to cover the stems of the flowers;
- Bubble wrap – it is essential to cover fragile and delicate parts and items;
- Packing peanuts – for the internal cushioning of the box;
- Cable ties – secure the stems of the flowers to prevent movement inside the shipping carton;
- Cardboard scrap – separate the flowers from the vase and the edges of the shipping carton;
- Plastic bag – it is needed to cover the stems of the flowers;
- Cling film – for covering and protecting the flowers;
- Cardboard boxes – you need to take at least two of them for packing flowers;
- Adhesive tape – for fixing the items and sealing the box;
- Pallet – when you decide to send several bouquets, it is better to take a pallet and secure the boxes of it.
You can take used packing materials if they are sturdy and without scratches or damages. However, you can purchase some new ones in the hardware or stationery stores in your area.
Packaging guidelines for cut flowers and flower bouquets
If you consider sending flowers via courier, it is necessary to prepare them for transportation. Follow the guidelines below to pack your flowers appropriately. That way, the risks of damage are minimized so that your package will be delivered safe and unscathed.
- Make sure your flowers have had enough water. Your flowers need to be properly hydrated before transportation to prevent them from ceasing blossoming.
- Prepare flowers for transportation. If you are sending flowers via courier, you need to remove the flowers out of a vase and pack up the stems first. If you decided to ship a vase with the flowers, cover the vase with bubble wrap, put several pieces of cardboard scrap around it, and secure properly.
- Secure the stems of the flowers. Use cable ties or bands to prevent the arrangement from shifting during shipment. Put cardboard scraps around the flowers to prevent them from damaging.
- Protect the end of the stems. Take several moist paper towels to put around the cut end of the stems. That way, you will ensure appropriate hydration of the plant during transit. Additionally, cover the end of the stems with bubble wrap and a collar of cardboard. Place them in a plastic bag and fix it with adhesive tape. Put some cardboard scrap around to prevent it from potential damaging.
- 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.
- Put the flowers in a box. Put your flowers tied to some cardboard inside a box. Add some packing peanuts. They will restrict the movement of the flowers around the box and minimize the chance of damage.
- Seal the box. When you are sure that the items do not move around the box, you can seal the box and secure its seams with adhesive tape.
- Put a label. Consider labelling a box with “Fragile” or “Perishable”. However, note that such a warning cannot guarantee that a package will be treated as such and should not substitute proper packaging.
- Prepare a pallet. As you know, shipping flowers on the pallet is rather safe. If you decide to ship several packages with flowers via courier, it makes sense to use a pallet.
Is it possible to export flowers abroad?
When it comes to the delivery of flowers to another country, this is a rather delicate matter. Flowers are fragile and will wither when not taken good and regular care of. Therefore, it is not recommended to ship the flowers to a place that needs more than 30 hours of transit time. It is also necessary to check official requirements and regulations related to international plant and flower transportation. Being aware of the legislative procedure will help you to avoid any unpleasant or unwanted situations, especially on the customs control.
Small quantities could be transported for non-industrial, non-commercial or scientific purposes. If you need more information about shipping with courier services, contact our experienced logistics experts.
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.