How to Send Flowers or Plants


Belonging to a garden club or plant exchange means you may have to send flowers or plants. Protecting the plant and packaging it properly will ensure your plant has the best possibility for a safe arrival and future growth. More than one plant can be sent in the same package but avoid overcrowding.

Step 1

Water the plants four or five days before sending, so they are well hydrated but not dripping wet.

Step 2

Fill a sturdy cardboard box with three or four inches of packing filler such as paper shred, plastic grocery bags or peanut foam.

Step 3

Prepare the plants for shipping. Remove as much soil as possible from the roots of the plant. Wrap the roots in wet paper towels. Wrap the paper towels in plastic food wrap being careful not to let the plastic wrap touch the stems. Seal the plastic wrap with tape.

Step 4

Package the plants. Place each plant on several layers of newspaper. Roll the newspaper up around the plant and plastic-wrapped roots so it's completely encased in the newspaper. Fold the ends over the leaves and root ends. Seal with tape. Label the plant by writing on the newspaper.

Step 5

Place the plants into the box on top of the packing filler. Place filler between each newspaper-wrapped plant and between the plants, sides and top of the box. The filler not only protects the plants, it insulates them from the cold.

Step 6

Send overnight delivery or two to three day delivery.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't let the plastic wrap touch the leaves or they may rot in transit. Plants will last three or four days in transit. Parcel post takes up to two weeks for delivery. Always use overnight or two or three day delivery for live plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tape
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper
  • Packing filler (paper shreds work well)


  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden;" Courtier et al; 2003
  • The Garden Magazine: How to Pack Plants for Shipping

Who Can Help

  • How to Pack Plants
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Dee Power holds an MBA. She is the co-author of "Attracting Capital from Angels," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "The Making of a Bestseller," the novel "Over Time," and several screenplays. She contributes to several Web sites and is a regular columnist for