I'm the editor of Drummondii, the quarterly NASC newsletter. I'm working on an article for the upcoming edition outlining best practices when it comes to shipping Sarracenia in the mail (legalities included). To ensure that the content reflects the experiences of more than just a few growers, I thought I'd survey all of you and see what your experiences have been. If you'd like to help me out, copy and paste the following set of questions into a PM or email and fill in your answers. Keep in mind that I'm looking for answers that reflect your experiences shipping AND receiving plants. If you read something in a book but haven't tried and tested it, I don't want to hear it. Otherwise, I'd love to hear from you!
1. What is the best season for shipping Sarracenia, and which seasons should be avoided?
2. How much, if at all, should pitchers be trimmed prior to shipping?
3. When (if ever) should bare-rooting be avoided?
4. What do you use to keep the root ball moist? (sphagnum, paper towels, etc., all in a plastic/ziplock bag?)
5. How much of what insulation do you prefer?
6. What has been the most common cause of shipping failure for you (including shipments you've received)?
7. What do you ship with? Priority mail always, or only in extreme seasons?
8. Do you have any other suggestions or advice for shipping Sarracenia?