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    Shipping Nepenthes Around X-mas

    So this is been a long time in the making, and something I've taken too long to do. But I need to mail my N. bicalcarata to Colorado. I should have a month ago, but what with finals, student government, a job, new shipments of plants arriving, Christmas, and a thousand excuses excluding my connection to the plant:



    I'm looking to mail my N. bicalcarata tomorrow. The box is ready, large enough to fit the plant, and it is insulated with two inch foam on all surfaces. I've created a cardboard frame that will hold the root-wad. I've carved grooves that it fits in within the foam and taped it amongst those grooves. It appears to be quite stable. I've sealed all the crevices of foam with tape. I purchased some 72 hour heat packs and I intend to line the box with newspaper/packing material, and insert these packs throughout the packing material. Other than that I will of course wrap the plant from head to toe in a humidity bag of some kind. And attach it thoroughly to the root-wad base.



    I have a few concerns. I have mailed only one plant before and it suffered some mild damage on route. I did not pack it as extensively as I plan to pack this plant.

    1.) Tomorrow is Dec. 20th, only five days from Christmas. Is this or is this not a terrible terrible idea to try shipping a live Nepenthes at this time of year?

    2.) I plan on sealing the box up pretty good. What are the chances of temperature damage either hot or cold? Have I waited to long in the season to ship a lowlander like this? Or is it possible to over heat it with the packs, or is it possible that it will be grossly under heated?

    3.) Those of you that are experienced with shipping large Nepenthes, what do you think of my plan, anything else I should do?

    4.) Do it now? Or wait til after Christmas?

    5.) Or am I just being ridiculous?
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

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    No worries if your shipping it priority. It'll arrive in 3 days, rather than 2 though. That's the downfall of Christmas shipping. Be sure to pack the box full of packing peanuts or newspaper for extra insulation. And wrap the entire plant in newspaper to help protect the leaves and growth point from breakage.

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    Thanks mass, So you think even though it's christmas it wont run into any hiccups in the mail?
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

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    Only hiccup you should see is the one day delay.. but get tracking/confirmation just to be safe.

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    Not sure what the rules and exclusions are, but if it's a decent sized bical, you might consider taking some photos for documentation and buying insurance on it. Either way, use packing peanuts rather than newspaper. Newspaper works for lightweight things but if it gets compacted it loses a lot of it's cushioning power. And if it gets wet, game over. Packing peanuts are a much safer bet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    Not sure what the rules and exclusions are, but if it's a decent sized bical, you might consider taking some photos for documentation and buying insurance on it.
    I thought this came up previously iirc - I don't believe USPS will ensure plants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    Packing peanuts are a much safer bet.
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    Agreed.. but not everyone has access to them.

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    You should probably insure the package as well. The only time I've had serious problems with Priority Mail has been in the weeks around Xmas.

    It's expensive, but you can also spring for Express Mail and it will arrive overnight. Unlike Priority Mail, Express Mail is actually guaranteed to arrive within a given time, and you have a lot more recourse if something does go wrong.

    Your setup looks pretty awesome, by the way. I don't ship very many lowland plants, but with that much foam and some heat-packs, I think the temperature should stay stable.

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