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Moving with plants - urgent advice needed

This is a discussion on Moving with plants - urgent advice needed within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Dear friends, I just got a new job - very last-minute - in Redlands, California; ...

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    Dear friends,

    I just got a new job - very last-minute - in Redlands, California; I am now in Buffalol, New York. I have to pack up and leave this place where I stayed for the past 6 years within 4 days.

    I wonder if you would have any advice on how to move the orchids - 6 of them, and other houseplants that I have. I will be flying there - not driving because it will take me at least 3 days across some of the worst terrains - so I am not sure how to carry plants onto the flight.

    Any advice welcome. If there is nothing I can do, then I will have to give them away - my babies for the past 6 years...

    Please help.

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    I would pack them up, and send them priority mail to your new address

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    No advice here, but what a challenge to move so far, so quickly! Good luck and we'll be sending good thoughts your way!

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    I hope you are happy about the move. Congrats on your new job.
    I too would send them via mail. Maybe 3 day mail, you never know if you'll get home on time.

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    USPS priority mail is the way to go. Be sure to pay the extra 1.50 to insure each package. The post office has different sized boxes that are free and a flat rate based on size not weight. If possible, put several plants (bare root) into one box and pack them very well to avoid damage. Then mail them to your new address. Since you are flying and know when you are going to be there to sign for the packages, it makes good since. Good luck with the move!

    Cheers!
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    BD is right - we all ship and receive plants via the mail. It works very well. Welcome to California. When you have settled in to your new place let us know where you are and we'll be glad to let you know of any orchid vendors near you!!

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    Congrats on the job change, and good luck with the move!

    Shipping 6 orchids is very manageable. Definitely ship bare root if the pots are clay or large. Less bulk and less weight. Just be sure to wrap the roots in damp sphag (not dripping wet) and newspaper. The newspaper will allow some air flow.

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    thanks so much for all your advice.

    I have been growing my orchids in s/h. I wonder if they can take bare root shipping considering they are used to much wetter conditions. There are two of them sprouting. I just hope they survive the shock.

    Anyone can tell me about the conditions in Redlands - it seems pretty dry..., here beside Lakes Erie and Ontario, and with so much rainfall this summer, it is very very humid...

    About USPS, what kind of boxes would you recommend, must it be kept upright all the time. Sorry if my questions do not make much sense because I am practically worried about every little thing - also I have not ordered plants from mail and always wondered how they work and pack... You are right to think I am crazy to move this quick this far, but jobs are not easy to come by, so I am not complaining.

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    IF you want to ship in pot you must tape the pot securely to the bottom of the box, and cover the media with newspaper and tape it down so the media won't fall out. There is no way the boxes will be shipped upright. Since s/h media is so heavy, I would recommend unpotting, wrapping the roots and sending bare root. The s/h media during shipping would undoubtedly crush the plants.

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    Your orchids might suffer a little set back, but not enough to really hurt them. Just put them back into S/H when you get to your new location.

    About packing: Fill the bottom of the box with those Styrofoam peanuts or other packing material. Next, with your orchids bare root and individually wrapped in newspaper and masking tape, lay each one into the box on top of the packing material. You can also tape all the newspapered orchids together to make for a more solid journey. I would also tape the newspaper to the inside of the box for extra security. Then fill the remaining spaces with packing peanuts or other packing material (shredded newspaper, etc). Be sure to fill in all the spaces. Tape the box up and take it to the post office before 12:00 noon so that it will go out the same day you bring it in. That should do it!

    Good luck!


    Cheers!
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