Shipping delicate items such as plants requires a proper preparation to make sure you are doing it correctly. To help you out, we have compiled an easy step-by-step guide on how to pack succulents for shipping. Read the packing tips prepared by our logistics experts and discover the best way to ship succulents and cacti so they arrive safely at their destination.
Succulents and cacti are some of the best plants for shipping because they are sturdy and can withstand long periods without water. Even so, there are still some things you should have in mind before booking a courier service for shipping your succulents:
HOW TO PACK
There are two main ways of packing succulents and cacti for shipping: bare-root or in pots (or containers). Below you will find the packing instructions for each.
Shipping bare-root succulents is one of the most convenient ways of sending your plants by mail or courier. Follow the steps below for packing your bare-foot succulent for shipping:
Some succulents and cacti aren’t suitable for bare-foot shipping, so you cannot remove them from the soil. Here are the guidelines for packing succulents for shipping in pots/containers.
The main difference between shipping succulents and cactus is that the latter is often harder to pack, due to its different shapes and spikes. To ensure your cactus will be safe during transit, you may need to add several layers of tissue paper around it, and an outer layer of a sturdy cushioning material such as newspaper or cardboard.
When sending a cactus to someone, you can also choose between bare-root or potted shipping, even though the second option is the most used for this type of plant.
Plants are natural living organisms, which is why their transport is heavily controlled by the authorities. If you wish to ship succulents and cactus domestically or internationally, the first step is to ensure you have all the required certificates for doing so. Check the shipping regulations imposed by the origin and destination countries and follow their guidelines.
Different places will have different regulations. For example, when shipping succulents across the country in the USA, you will have to comply to the rules imposed by the different states, since they are established independently. However, shipping succulents and cacti within the EU is usually possible if the plant is grown and transported inside the member countries. Please assess your situation individually, and feel free to contact us if you need any extra assistance.
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