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Moving: yippee and yikes!

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    Default Moving: yippee and yikes!

    Hi friends! Ive unfortunately not had the opportunity to be as engaged in the forum as I would like...and I miss it! We are moving back "home". Three years in Northern CA has been lovely(sorta), but the Gulf Coast of Florida will be home in the next two months and I am just thrilled! However, I am quite anxious about moving my collection. So far, it seems that driving them with us cross country is the "best" option. It should take a few days at best. It has been suggested that I box the orchids as for shipping and make some sort of cool chamber for them using insulated dry ice. Sounds tricky and possibly detrimental to the plants. Any ideas that don't involve using a shipping service? I have a few concerns about going that route as well.
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    how big is the collection?

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    It's not large...I've been whittling it down to plants that are either expensive, difficult to replace, or have sentimental value. I am looking at moving around twenty. I have quite a few mounted plants that I am particularly attached to.
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    I would pack them in boxes that would be in the car with me. Just park in shade.

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    Plants should pack well. I am sure your collection has various sizes. I once moved a whole collection 2 day express by individually wrapping each plant carefully in newspaper. However, I removed the bigger plants from their clay pots and repotted when I arrived. If anything has a bloom and you want to keep them try to find ethylene gas absorbing tablets

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    We are towing our car behind a moving truck. The desert will be awfully hot to put them in cargo without a way to cool them. There doesn't appear to be enough space in the cab. Shipping is a very iffy possibility. I know that CA requires agricultural stamps on plant shipments even from one city to the next...
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    You may have problems taking plants into Arizona--as I remember there was a checkpoint and they asked about any plant material--this was years ago, don't know if it still applies. Another thought maybe schedule your trip during a cool spell or travel at night through the desert. Or go farther north and circumvent the desert.

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