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I don't ship plants in newspaper. I put them in a
fish bag (with no free water). I tie them off with a
rubber band, such that there is a lot of air in the
As long as the bag isn't crushed, the plants won't be
100% humidity in the bag will keep the plants in great
shape (standing water can hurt plants, IME, and Gary
Lange's experience :) ). Plus they then are cheaper
to mail, because they weigh less.
Three days in this weather with glosso (not a
particularly soft-leaved plant) should not have
affected it. You probably got mediocre plants that
were packed in a less-than-ideal fashion, in my
The problem with my method is that it isn't space
effective. If you want to send a lot of plants, you
can't afford to have air taking up space. So then
they squash them all together, like sardines. You get
what you pay for.
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