How to Ship Flowers, Herbs & Plants

Shipping Flowers

Cut flower bouquets, bare-root plants and herbs may be shipped successfully; it’s imperative to control the shipping temperature as well as minimizing the chance of breakage. Follow the steps outlined below.

  • How to Ship Cut Flowers:
    1. Plan to pack in the morning and ship the same day.
    2. Select durable flowers with fairly tight buds and foliage that won’t easily bruise or break.
    3. Strip the foliage as appropriate and give each stem a fresh cut.
    4. Hydrate by placing flowers and foliage in clean buckets with clean water for a few hours. If shipping bunches of the same variety, bunch them together and tie the stems with twine.
    5. Wrap damp paper towels (or other substrate that will keep the flowers hydrated) around the cut ends.
    6. Place the wrapped ends in a plastic bag and loosely fold the bag around the stems to keep the towels secure.
    7. Put the prepared flowers into an InsulTote pouch; this foil bubble cushion will help protect the flowers from breakage as well as maintain a constant temperature for more than 24 hours (we recommend freezing the pouches overnight before using).
    8. Choose a box large enough to accommodate the extra packaging needed to cushion and protect the flowers.
    9. Pad the box with InsulTote box liners and place the wrapped flowers so they are protected on all sides, top and bottom.
    10. Add packing peanuts or other filler to completely stuff the box.
    11. Ship the same day the flowers were packed and in the most expedient manner; overnight if possible. Plan to ship early in the week to avoid your package being stranded in transit over the weekend.
    12. Alert the recipient that the shipment is on its way.
  • How to Ship Fresh Herbs:
    1. Plan to pick and pack in the morning and ship the same day.
    2. Wrap damp paper towels (or other substrate that will keep the herbs hydrated) around the cut ends.
    3. Place the wrapped ends in a plastic bag and loosely fold the bag around the stems to keep the towels secure.
    4. Put the prepared herbs into an InsulTote pouch; this foil bubble cushion will help protect the herbss from breakage as well as maintain a constant temperature for more than 24 hours (we recommend freezing the pouches overnight before using).
    5. Choose a box large enough to accommodate the extra packaging needed to cushion and protect the herbs.
    6. Pad the box with InsulTote liners and place the wrapped herbs so they are protected on all sides, top and bottom.
    7. Add packing peanuts or other filler to completely stuff the box.
    8. Ship the same day the herbs were packed and in the most expedient manner; overnight if possible.
    9. Alert the recipient that the shipment is on its way.
  • How to Ship Bare-Root Plants:
    1. Plan to pack in the morning and ship the same day.
    2. Hydrate by placing bare-root plants in clean buckets with clean water for a few hours.
    3. Wrap damp paper towels (or other substrate that will keep the plants hydrated) around the roots.
    4. Place the entire plant in a waterproof bag and loosely fold the bag around the plant to keep the towels secure.
    5. Choose a box large enough to accommodate the extra packaging needed to cushion and protect the plants.
    6. Pad the box with InsulTote liners and place the wrapped plants so they are protected on all sides, top and bottom.
    7. Add packing peanuts or other filler to completely stuff the box.
    8. Ship the same day the plants were packed and in the most expedient manner; overnight if possible or 2-3 day shipping if the variety of plant being shipped is sturdy.
    9. Alert the recipient that the shipment is on its way.

Know the laws regarding interstate shipments. Contact the Department of Agriculture in the state(s) where you plan to ship. Look online for the specific state; most websites will also list a help line. Your local post office is a source of information as well. Ignore this step and risk paying large fines for shipping prohibited produce, plants and other items!


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