Sending plants by post
by Herman Mylemans
The method that I use is:
- The plants are on bare roots in a moistured spagnum (not too wet), then I wrap some plastic around the roots, I put a name on its label and everything is held together with some tape (the plants look like a cigar)
- A lot of plants can be put together in a small box and as it only weighs very little, some pieces of paper can fill up the spaces.
- At the left handside of the box I write: "Botanical exchange no commercial value" or in French "Echantillons botanique, sans valeur commerciale" or in German "Botanische Austausch, kein kommercielle Wert"
- However, this is only possible for countries where I don’t need a certificate.
- I close the box with tape and send it as a letter; it costs a bit more, but it is quicker and safer.
- Time of the year: autumn or spring when there is no frost and the plants are more or less dormant. No sending around New Year; the postmen are too busy delivering New Year’s cards. Send the plants on Mondays or Tuesdays so they surely reach destination the same week.