Can you give me any tips on how the plant was packed? I've only sent smaller plantlets, with the leaves gently wrapped in a paper cone, but I have a couple of somewhat larger plants to send out soon. I'm not sure what might be the best way to protect the leaves from breakage.
Edited because I can't believe I forgot to say, WOW!!! What a beauty!
critterO - one tip I often mention for packing larger plants is that it often helps to tape or tie the pot down to one side, to prevent the plant from shifting in the box. Other than that, I tape the soil down with a small sheet of plastic, then wad a generous amount of crumpled shredded newspaper around the neck (if the plant has a neck or stem at all). The leaves, as you probably know, can be gently lifted upwards - wrap a piece of paper around the plant (like a cone, I guess) and then gradually pull it tighter. There should have been enough shredded paper to cushion the base of the leaves. Then I add a bit more packing to the crown (newspaper or styro) and tape the top of newspaper cone.
Actually, it is possible to totally do without the newspaper cone if the soil is taped down and the pot secured to one side. Simply fill the box with crumpled shredded newspaper or styro.
I often wrap the pot in plastic, but I avoid plastic near the leaves (leads to mush).
Anyway, this is how I do it. I try to pack my boxes so that they can be thrown into the back of a truck and down the stairs and still arrive pretty much intact. (They are probably a pain to unpack though.)
I think it must be the new fun random threads of interest Dave has added as a feature...Pretty cool..???
It selects random threads an adds them to the bottom of the thread pages for us to see..kinda like a look back in history?except it doesn't have any rhyme or reason to how it pics the thread.
Yeah, I finally noticed that ... after linking to one and beginning reading ... all of a sudden I saw the date of 2003!! But, Hey ... that's okay with me since I didn't join DG until last October, it's all new and fun for me to read and see the pic's people posted back then! It is fun!