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How to Ship Plant Bulbs

Ship Plant BulbsIn gardening, bulbs are plants with short stem with fleshy leaves or leaf bases that function as food storage organs during dormancy. These plants, which include tulips and lilies, can be propagated using their bulbs. The bulbs also provide a safe method of transporting these plants.

However, bulbs, just like any other planting material, must be properly packed prior to shipping to ensure that they are not damaged during transit. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship bulbs.

Only ship dry bulbs. Place bulbs in a sunny area until they are completely dry. Clean the bulbs by removing any dust and dirt. Wipe the bulbs gently with dry cloth. Never wash the bulbs with water. Moisture can cause the bulbs to rot.

Inspect the tulip bulbs before packing. Removed any rotting bulbs as these can damage the good ones as well.

Wrap each bulb in several layers of newspaper and tape to secure. Place the bulbs inside a Ziploc bag to protect it from moisture in case the package is exposed to rain or water. Arrange the bagged bulbs in a box with a layer of dried moss or crumpled newspaper on the bottom. Add more fillers on the side of the box and in between bulbs until the package is full to the brim. Make sure that the bulbs are not moving inside the box before sealing it close.

Address and label the package and take to the post office or shipping company.

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