Moving and NE

John Ingram
Wed, 25 Jun 2003 08:28:46 PDT
I do have some tips for you for packing. Since I do
pack so many things and ship them worldwide.
Any pots that are completely dormant and don't need
water can easily packed by taking newspaper, crunching
it up and smashing it on top of the soil really tight.
Then completely tape the paper onto the pot.
Despending on size, you may have to make several
strips across (3-4 on average). If they are evergreen
but dormant, simply wrap the "srcunched" paper around
the growing point to seal all the soil areas in, and
then tape as above.
If things do need water, scrunch the paper over the
soil as above but put the whole pot and paper into a
plastic bag (ziplock to trash bag size depending on
plant) and either tape teh outside of the bag or use a
large amount of rubber bands, they should hold. You
can also use tape on the outside of the bags but be
sure to completely encase the plastic in tape so that
it does not slip. 
Now then, the packing part. This is where it gets a
little sticky. All completely dormant pots can be
stacked and packed into a box and seal. Done. 
The evergreen/growing ones must either be put into a
single layer in a really strong box (so when it is
stacked it won't crush down) or else wrapped in
newspaper really tight and layered sideways in the
Good light cart sources, Cathy can answer you on that
one. I really can't remember. 
Witner storage, well, I would bring the iffy ones
inside to a basement. You could wrap the hardy stuff
in a corner or the garage next to the house. I would
recommend using bubble wrap for that and then toss a
nice thick blanket (or several) over them to keep them
warm. Also, consider you may need access to the pots
to give them soem occasional water for tose that will
need it. They get it outside in the ground so some in
pots is also neccesary.
Hope this helps you. If you have any questions about
what I explained, email me.


John Ingram in mostly gloomy but warm, L.A., CA. 
Not much blooming right now, just a few Crinums, a sinningia or two, and some fabulous Pelergoniums.

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