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Mailing cuttings with initials/roots

Posted by tandrew31 7 (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 4, 10 at 13:37

Has anyone had experience in mailing cuttings
with initials or tiny roots?If so what methods
are used and weather problems?I have
read several times on this forum that members
have received cuttings in the mail that had
already started rooting in route.Just wondering
if mailing cuttings in this stage is practical
or not.

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RE: Mailing cuttings with initials/roots

Lets find out first hand, you can send me some rooted cuttings! I'd be happy to experiment with you. I'll be your guinea pig.haha

Little John

RE: Mailing cuttings with initials/roots

I have never done that in a winter time.
If I had to, I would probably wait for
a safe minimum approx 40*F tansit temp.

You can always ship it later as a rooted
stater specimen, with some more care & cost...

RE: Mailing cuttings with initials/roots

Cuttings with initials can be shipped in almost any preference is to ship in bubble wrap envelopes. Cuttings with tiny roots can be shipped successfully if they are protected inside of a shipping box. Changes in temperature along the way can affect liquid moisture levels inside of the bag of cuttings. Liquid moisture can easily damage those emerging roots so make doubly sure that a barely damp towel is used to wrap the cuttings. Also, it is helpful when shipping cuttings with roots during the winter months to also wrap the moist paper towel that is covering the cuttings with a couple layers of bubble (small bubbles) wrap to provide more thermal insulation. After wrapping, put them in a sealed Ziploc bag. You can also use Styrofoam peanuts to provide additional thermal insulation.


RE: Mailing cuttings with initials/roots

Thanks for the info everyone.This is a great forum
and a resource that I have learned much from.I depend
greatly on all of your experience and know how to help
me enjoy my new found interest in figs.Also I want to thank
all of you (I want mention names)that have provided me
with cuttings at little or no cost to get me started.I hope I can do the same someday for newcomers.Thanks again

RE: Mailing cuttings with initials/roots

Last summer I shipped one air-layered precious fig
specimen (still in the rooter-pot-bulk + SM in plastic bag)
to a fig-friend in LI,NY. Was done USPS Prioty Mail.
For such a short nearby zone, from past experience,
it normally should have been a-next-day-delivery.
However, due to some usps 'mishap'; it took
11 days to deliver. The fig specimen did survive;
and as a mattet of fact, the receiving person did
mention that the roots were 'trying' to grow out
of the box! Go figure! Again this was warm summer.

RE: Mailing cuttings with initials/roots

I sent some cuttings to a fig friend in NY a week or two ago, and one of them already had a couple of 1/8" roots started. Pretty sure they made it there OK, about 48 hours later, probably ready to go directly into a cup.

I've gotten several cuttings with initials or with full-blown roots, almost all from the arctic north (PA, NY, CT) during snowstorms with no ill effects.

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