Shipping plant cuttings can be a challenge, but with the right packaging method, it is possible to ensure that they arrive in perfect condition. In this article, we will discuss a proven method for packaging and shipping cuttings without damaging them. This method is suitable for domestic shipping and should not be used for international shipping, where additional anti-scent measures are required.
To package cuttings for shipping, you will need the following items:
- 20 oz. plastic bottle, cut in half (use the end with the cap)
- Cloning solution (e.g., Olivia's)
- Rubbing alcohol (for sterilization)
- Toilet paper
- Masking tape
- Razor blade
- Thin piece of cardboard
- Plastic baggie
- Donor plant (mother)
Step-by-Step Packaging Process
Follow these steps to securely package your plant cuttings for shipping:
Step 1: Prepare the Cuttings
Re-cut your cuttings underwater, using a 45-degree angle cut. Soak a piece of toilet paper in the cloning solution and wring it out until it's wet, but not dripping. Remove the cuttings from the water and place the cut ends together. Wrap the toilet paper around the cut ends of the cuttings.
Step 2: Insert Cuttings into the Bottle
Place the cuttings in the open end of the plastic bottle and push through until the toilet paper comes out the cap end of the bottle. Wrap the toilet paper in newspaper.
Step 3: Secure the Newspaper with a Baggie
Cut the corner off a plastic baggie and wrap it around the newspaper to prevent it from drying out during transit. Secure the baggie with a rubber band.
Step 4: Seal the Cap End with Tape
Wrap the entire cap end in masking tape, securing it to the neck of the bottle.
Step 5: Secure the Open End
Place a piece of masking tape completely around the open end of the bottle. Cut the tape in 4 or 5 places to help secure the top. Lightly mist the cuttings and place the thin piece of cardboard on the open end of the bottle. Secure with the masking tape that is already in place on the bottle.
Step 6: Package in a Ziploc Baggie
Place the entire bottle in a Ziploc baggie.
Step 7: Wrap and Ship
Wrap the entire bottle in bubble wrap, place it in a shipping box, close and tape it, label the package with a fictitious name, and send it through your local post office. When the package is received, re-cut the cuttings and clone as normal.
Additional Measures for International Shipping
For international shipping, additional anti-scent measures are necessary. Multiple layers of oven bags can help contain the scent, but they must be combined with other precautions, such as wearing gloves and not touching anything related to marijuana with the gloves as you place bagged items into additional layers of oven bags. Changing gloves and not touching cuttings with the same gloves worn to bag the items is crucial to prevent scent contamination.
The method described in this article is an effective way to package and ship plant cuttings domestically, ensuring they arrive in perfect condition. However, for international shipping, more advanced anti-scent measures must be taken to avoid detection by customs. Sharing plant cuttings can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience when done correctly, and this method can help make that process easier.