I asked crestedchik to do an experiment with me. I asked her to trade cuttings with me, but I asked if she wouldn't send mine priority, but simply first class. I was willing to take a risk. She took a nice cutting and put it in moss (she used damp spanish moss) and put it in a baggie with leaves out, just like most of us usually mail. She put it in an envelope with cardboard to keep it from getting broken, and it's here and it looks just like it has been sent priority!!! I'm so very tickled!!! Now, I would never send anyone cuttings like this unless they were in agreement, but she could have (and offered to) replaced it and still come out cheaper. But I had to let you now that it worked!!!!!!!
Now, if anyone else is willing to send me cuttings so I can see just how many times this works, just let me know :) LOL!!
Thank you Karyn, and I'm going to try and keep the spanish moss alive. Maybe we can trade again, and you'll get it back.
It was 3 days from New York to Georgia.Thats pretty darn good.I shipped 2 peacocks from here to Virginia ,Postal Express ,$30.00 postage and it took 2 days.But in those same 2 days I had also shipped some hatching eggs to Texas they got there in 2 days too.But they went Priority.Its all a gamble
Hey maybe we could start using the moss that grows on sunny side off trees. I was watching a gardening program a while back and it told how to propagate this. You gather a small amount and put some water in a mixer and mix it up and then take the water to a shady place and pour it out. This is not a joke. Jim
PS I know I have been spending to much time at Mcdonalds and In front of the t.v.
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I tried this too, last week, but with some rooted cuttings. They actually arrived abaout as fasy as priority, and never wilted. When straight into the ground and are happy as clams, both people say. One pack was mailed one the 16th, arrived on the 17th!
First Class mail IS priority. You can only send under 1 pound first class - then it has to be priority because of the weight. tiG it's supposed to always be that way... I know it's not but it should be. If you send a large padded envelope (or a small under 1lbs. box) first class it gets treated the same as priority mail and worked right in with the priority mail.
Poppysue, do you mail first class or priority? Cause there is such a huge difference in price!!! I know that first class used to be priority, but I'm wondering if the distribution centers still treat them the same. The PO makes most of their money on priority, and I wish I knew someone that works in distribution to get the story.
The last time I mailed at the P.O. I told the clerk I would bring her a Brugmansia the next time some rooted. I might have one that is about rooted and ready for this lady. I will ask her how to find this information if she doesn't know. Jim
i had rooted brugs sit at the PO from Sunday to the next Saturday. all plants are okay! (the clerk told me when she handed it to me it had logged in on 7/8). i was in worse shape than the plants, couldn't believe they let it sit there with me in every day asking if the packages were out yet!
I think the woody ones would certainly do much better than thin green ones, and would never send first class if my trader didn't want me to. I was just so curious, that I was willing to wind up with nothing just to find out:)
I always send priority or global priority. I have recieved Brugmansia from England sent regular mail before though that arrived in 2 weeks or so just fine. You can send cuttings wrapped in wet paper towels in the states, but it has been my experience that if the cuttings are going to spend an inordinate amount of time in boxes before they arrive it is best to send in perlite that has been soaked in water for several hours and then drained. Of course the leaves are best pulled off as well. Ahh, and always make sure the cutting has at least one or two nodes before you ship it...
I mail live plants priority unless they are dormant roots or bulbs. I think most traders expect you to mail their plants Priority mail. If the package is delayed for whatever reason I think the trader on the receiving end would be upset to find it was mailed first class. Regardless if the estimated delivery time is the same as a priority package.