Sending Seeds
Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:35:14 PDT
You can have a bundle of assorted Priority boxes delivered with your mail. 
The demand for boxes is so high that the post offices have trouble keep them 
in stock.
All priority boxes are free regardless of where you obtain them.  As long as 
the are sealed properly (straight) they are the least likely of any boxes to 
get damaged much better then padded envelopes.  The danger zone is 1/4" 
where something a bit over 1/4" or  uneven may go under the 1/4" cullers if 
there is stickiness exposed.
Frank Cooper

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jane McGary
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2013 4:46 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Sending Seeds

Speaking of small cardboard boxes, I was very frustrated at being
unable to find any at nearby Post Office branches and having the USPS
website malfunction on me, so I went to an Office Depot to buy boxes
and discovered they have STACKS of USPS Priority Mail boxes there,
for free, because they ship them from their shipping desk. So if your
PO is going under as so many are, head for Office Depot.

The smallest Priority boxes are fiendish to assemble but are perfect
for mailing seeds or a few bulbs.

WHen I did the NARGS Seed Exchange intake phase for three years, I
saw every possible form of seed packaging and mailing device. The
most crucial points are (a) tape seed envelopes shut, do not depend
on their glue; and (b) be aware that some seeds, such as Paeonia, are
very moist and will mold in plastic, cause paper envelopes to fall
apart, and excessively moisten other kinds of seeds in the parcel. I
usually ended up with a good amount of loose seed that fell out of
the mailing envelopes or boxes when I emptied them. I dared not plant
it, though; it went into the burn barrel along with the noxious weed
seed that some donors thought were interesting "wildflowers."

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

A> Most here know what I am about to say in this paragraph. Dell has more
> > experience
> > shipping fleshy seed and small bulbs than most of us. He often uses 
> > small
> > cardboard
> > boxes. Inside he uses foam peanuts and paper for cushioning. For hard 
> > dry
> > seed Dell uses
> > padded envelopes.

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