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shipping chives?

Posted by Narnian z5 IL (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 18, 05 at 14:56

Hey everyone. I want to send a big chunk of chives to my dad in New Mexico. I did a search online to see if I could figure out which would be the best way to send them. In the process I stumbled upon miscellaneous posts claiming that you shouldn't send plants in any soil due to government regulations. Also it seems that some people say to keep your plants moist and others recommend sending in dry soil (again, I just read that you're not supposed to send soil). The chives are not anywhere close to going dormant so I really have reservations about dry soil or bare root shipping. And one last question: it's still pretty hot in the southwest this time of year. Should I stall my chive digging on into the fall or can they deal with a couple of days of heat in transit? I'm really wavering here, so any light you can shed on my confusion is greatly appreciated.

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RE: shipping chives?

Chives are tough plants. I often weed them and throw them in the compost or weed pile and they still grow. You could dig your chives, wash the soil off, wrap the root ball with damp paper towels, surround the wrapped root ball tightly with plastic, wrap the entire plant in newspaper, and ship priority mail. Ask your Dad to plant the chives upon delivery and water often until the weather cools.


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