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Darn good question that and one I was asked today by an overseas customer. The answer is really simple too. Avoid potted plants wherever possible. Why?
Some of them just don’t travel well. Sure they can do 4-5 days in a box no problem but some plants take MUCH longer to arrive to overseas destinations. Take Greece for example – sometimes it takes 3 weeks for parcels to arrive there! Crazy heh…
So the plants that I recommend for overseas shipping are Tropica 1-2-Grow! Not only are the light in weight so they’re cheaper to send, but they also survive for much longer periods in a box. And yes, they were fine for 3 weeks in a box (it was nice and cool though).
Only joking but I did lose money. What am I talking about? Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants. Now I’ve been tweeting about this and a good friend of mine who runs APFUK knows about this too (check out his excellent website). But I wanted to share the love as they say and pass on this information. I’m probably helping out my rivals here but what goes around comes around…
If you receive your 1-2-Grow! plants and you’re not ready to plant them, you might be wondering what you can do with them to keep them fresh. I wasn’t sure and just left them on the shelf with some other dry goods. Some of them were perfect and stayed in great shape. Others didn’t do very well which was slightly depressing (especially in the heat). You see if plants are not in 100% health, they’re not sent. So yes we do lose money and I did lose a few bob on the 1-2-Grow! plants. Rather than just take the loss, I had to find out more. A short email to Claus at Tropica and he suggested I should put them in the fridge. Cool heh.
So that’s what we do. My loss rate on them has dramatically gone down. One species in particular doesn’t seem too keen on it but the rest are A OK. So next time you’re wondering what shall I do with my Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants, stick em in the fridge.
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