Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

How to Ship Real Flowers

A backyard cutting garden can produce large amounts of beautiful flowers every year, and proud gardeners may want to share blooms with family and friends--even if they live far away. You can ship fresh flowers by mail and have them arrive intact on the other side of the country--if you package them well and provide a way to keep them moist.

Pick your flowers early on the same day that you plan to ship them. Choose flowers that are just barely open or still in bud. Many flowers, including lilies, gladiolus, narcissus and tulips, will open up after they are picked. If necessary, immediately place the flowers in water in a cool, dark place, while you prepare the shipping box.

Bundle the stems of the flowers together with twine or rubber bands. Arrange the flowers so that they will move as little as possible.

  • A backyard cutting garden can produce large amounts of beautiful flowers every year, and proud gardeners may want to share blooms with family and friends--even if they live far away.
  • Arrange the flowers so that they will move as little as possible.

Dampen several sheets of paper towels and wrap them around the cut ends of the flowers, then place the stems inside a plastic bag. Wrap the bag loosely around the flower stems, but do not tie it tightly or the cut ends may begin to rot in transit.

Wrap several large sheets of newspaper loosely around the bundle of flowers. This will add some padding and will also help hold the flowers in place.

Place the flowers in a heavy, sturdy cardboard box and pack crumpled newspaper or packing peanuts around all sides of the bouquet. Do not use biodegradable cornstarch peanuts, since the moisture may cause them to "melt" into the flowers or the box.

Tape up the box securely and label it with recipient's name and address.

  • Dampen several sheets of paper towels and wrap them around the cut ends of the flowers, then place the stems inside a plastic bag.
  • Wrap the bag loosely around the flower stems, but do not tie it tightly or the cut ends may begin to rot in transit.

Mail your flowers as early in the day as possible so that they will ship out right away. Use overnight or two-day shipping.

Alert the recipients that they have a package on the way that will need immediate attention. Cut flowers should be unpacked as soon as they arrive, and the stems should be recut and placed in a vase of cold water.

Tip

Use a cardboard box that will provide several inches of space around the bouquet. Florists may be willing to sell or give away boxes specifically designed for shipping cut flowers.

Warning

Do not use dry ice or freezer blocks when shipping cut flowers. The heavy weight may shift in transit and damage the blossoms.

Related Articles

How to Dry Flowers With Hairspray
How to Dry Flowers With Hairspray
How to Send Fresh Flowers in the Mail
How to Send Fresh Flowers in the Mail
Methods to Preserve Fresh Flowers
Methods to Preserve Fresh Flowers
How to Preserve Dried Flowers
How to Preserve Dried Flowers
How to Preserve Flowers With Clorox
How to Preserve Flowers With Clorox
How to Keep Corsages Fresh
How to Keep Corsages Fresh
How to Dry & Save Frangipani Flowers
How to Dry & Save Frangipani Flowers
How to Use Sugar & Vinegar to Preserve Cut Flowers
How to Use Sugar & Vinegar to Preserve Cut Flowers
How to Refrigerate Flowers
How to Refrigerate Flowers
How Do You Submerge Flowers in Water?
How Do You Submerge Flowers in Water?
How to Dry Flowers in the Oven
How to Dry Flowers in the Oven
How to Use Dried Flowers with Scrapbooking
How to Use Dried Flowers with Scrapbooking
Do Geraniums Need Full Sun All Day?
Do Geraniums Need Full Sun All Day?
How to Use Cranberries in Floral Centerpieces
How to Use Cranberries in Floral Centerpieces
Garden Guides
×