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Packing up orchids: How long can they be in the dark?

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    Default Packing up orchids: How long can they be in the dark?

    I'm driving out a load of orchids and other plants to OH this weekend (leaving on Sat.). I would like to get a head start on wrapping and packing them in boxes, but was curious as to whether or not anyone knew how long they could be packed without suffering/being stressed by lack of light. Obviously, three days isn't bad or we would never get orchids shipped.....

    I just don't want to leave everything until Friday......ICK. TIA, Lisa

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    Hi Lisa and Luna,

    I've had no problem with plants in the shower for a week while I've been away. That way, whoever's feeding my cats can just turn the shower on for a few minutes without having to fuss more over watering.

    Hope that helps.

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    Hi , When we moved from Ca. to Mo. , I did not really pack them , they were set in boxes with newspaper packed around them , and kept shaded, that is the main thing , there were about 60 plants of all kinds . no losses . I think packing them on Thur. would be fine , I have recieved plants that were in the mail for 10 days and were fine . Beware of heat/Sun Gin

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    That right! Temp will kill a lot faster than darkness!

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    I know. That's why they are being boxed and wrapped in newspaper...also that way I can stack them as I have to take them all this trip and I only have a mini van....and I have other plants too. Thanks.

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    HI! Lisa & Luna! I have no experience taking a road trip with my plants, just wanted to say hey. Is Luna going with you to guard the plants when you have to make a pit stop?

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    Luna would give them away...especially the Catts.

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    Luna's not into floof? (can't see why...sort of rhymes with woof.)

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    actuallly...Luna loves one cat, tolerates another here...and would gladly eat small dogs for breakfast...

    She's only seen one floof... Pot. Burana Beauty "Burana" . Only danged Catt I have brought to sucessfull bloom.....I have a habit of getting them to go into sheath, then changing something and rotting/blasting the buds. Hey, at least I can get them THAT far.....I'm waiting for Mari's Song to finally come along and do her thing...I got a seedling, and I think it is now BS.

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    If my catt bud actually opens, I'll share my secrets for success with you (namely, punting the orchid around the living room...)

    My catts haven't been great bloomers either. Great leaf and root growth, but slow to show their stuff.

    Julie

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