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« on: October 12, 2010 03:37:07 PM »

I want to mail my boyfriend and my brother both a terrarium and they are away at college.
I'm thinking the best way to do it is to package the individual components in plastic bags and they can assemble them themselves with my crafty directions of course.  
(They are roommates (only a tiny bit awkward haha) so I only have one box to worry about.)
I know the jars will be fine, the stones, and probably the charcoal will be fine in bags.
Mailing takes two days (say I send it on Monday, it gets there Wednesday afternoon every time without fail).
But what about the moss and the soil? I think moss and soil should be fine in a plastic bag since thats the way you buy them at a store yes? But I don't want to suffocate them! Poor moss.. And anyways, I believe that moss and soil bags might have air holes in them at the store.
I know that plants will most likely die being in a dark box for two days that is thrown around at the post office so I think they can pick their own and add them.  They live in Southern California so it's not like they don't have selection!  Cheesy

Would moss and soil be okay to mail I guess is my question? (hmm.. oddly phrased sentence)

Also if you have any other ideas to include in my hopefully mailable terrarium (some possibly mailable plants perhaps?), please include them!!

Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2010 12:41:31 PM »

I think that if it only takes two days in the mail (and if they unpack them straight away) you should be fine. When we moved my moms rose was in a plastic bag in a shipping container for four weeks and it survived without any major damage. So two days for a carefree plant as moss should be fine. Moss can endure darkness without problem and if you're worried it will dry out just pack them in plastic bags.
This is the way I would go about it: take a plastic bag that can hold twice that amount of moss you want to send. Put some damp toiletpaper/kitchenpaper of cottonballs in the bag. Put in your moss. Close bag locking in air so the bag is like a balloon.
Another suggestion for plants could be airplants and succulents. I mailed succulent shoots to a friend once. I just wrapped the roots in a damp kitchentowel (paper) and wrapped a plastic bag around that. no problem.
Good luck!
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