How to Send Perennial Plants


Sending perennial plants in the mail is not hard with a few simple techniques to protect the plants for the weather. Both bare-root perennials and potted plants do well when properly packaged for mailing. The cost of shipping perennials differs with the chosen shipping method. The shipping method also addresses the considerations of heat and cold exposure for the plant.

Step 1

Choose a box big enough for the plant to fit in without crowding the top. For a potted plant, make certain the pot and plant both fit snugly without putting a stressful bend on the plant. Line the box with plastic or waxed paper to avoid any leaking during shipping.

Step 2

Add several layers of wet newspaper or sphagnum moss around the top of the pot containing the plant. This added layer of moisture helps keep the plant from drying out during shipping.

Step 3

Wrap the entire perennial plant with damp newspaper and secure with a string. Cover the pot of a potted plant with plastic film or place the entire pot into a baggie. This protects the pot from the sticky residue which may be left by the tape. Wrap the entire plant and pot in plastic wrap or waxed paper to retain the moisture in the packaging.

Step 4

Place the potted plant into the shipping box and secure the pot to the bottom of the box with duct tape. Make certain to go across the top of the pot and bring the tape down to the bottom of the box. During shipping, the box will be turned in many different directions. The object is to secure the pot to the box so it does not dislodge and damage the plant.

Step 5

Deliver the boxed perennial plant to the post office or shipping company as close to mail pickup times as possible to avoid the plant sitting for long hours awaiting the truck. Choose the quickest shipping method capable for the budget allowed.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers (not glossy)
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Waxed paper
  • Plastic wrap or sandwich baggies
  • Cellophane tape
  • Duct tape
  • Shipping box


  • USPS: Packaging Requirements for Mailable Plants
  • USPS: Prohibitions and Restrictions on Mailing Animals, Plants, and Related Matter
  • USDA: Shipping Plants
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Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently, Richards has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.