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?