How to Send a Plant Care Package & Why You Should Try It

This is a joint blog post that will be featured on both Joi-Knows-How.com and TheHousePlantMomma.com. As there are two voices, we have included our names to show who is speaking. We both thank you for reading and hope you enjoy our post!

Allison: Every once in a while the universe places someone very special in your path. It is never happenstance, but it might feel that way. However, when you meet that person, you can tell right away that they are going to have a positive impact on your life.

That’s how it was when I met Joi of Joi-Knows-How.com.We both began our blogging adventure last summer (2017), and connected via Instagram. Right away, we could tell that while we had many differences, we had a lot in common – specifically, our hearts and our love for plants. We instantly hit it off!

How to Send Plant Clippings in the Mail

Joi: I wish I could remember the exact post where I first discovered Allison on Instagram. I found her feed to be so inspiring and as a fellow plant-lover, it took no time at all for us to connect. We quickly began liking and commenting on each other’s posts and having side chats where we learned more about one another. I suppose it was only a matter of time before our digital friendship would turn into something more tangible. You know that saying “plant people are the best people”? One of the reasons I know that to be true is because of kindness and genuine friendship I have found in Allison.

Allison: After a few months of getting to know each other, Joi and I decided it would be fun to send each other a “plant care package.” This package was destined to be full of plant-related goodies, a handwritten note, and best of all – some plant clippings from our own plant babies.

How To Send Plant Clippings in the Mail

I had so much fun taking cuttings from my small (at that time!) plant collection, watching them propagate in water, just waiting for them to be ready to send to Joi. I also had a blast collecting goodies to add to Joi’s package. It seemed like everywhere I went, I kept seeing little plant-related things I want to add – I had to reign myself in!

Finally, it was time to send the box! With excitement, I took Joi’s box to UPS, and with fingers crossed that everything would arrive in perfect shape, sent the box off. I was going to try to surprise Joi with her package, but as soon as I sent it, I texted her that she should be expecting a box within a few days. I counted down until the expected delivery day, and was thrilled when I got the text that the package had arrived!

How to Send a Plant Care Package in the Mail

Joi: “Just shipped your package!” Imagine my excitement when I received this text from Allison! A few days later a box was waiting for me on my doorstep. I braced myself, grabbed my phone (one must document these things!), and opened my box. I moved aside some tissue paper to reveal several clippings, starter plants, a vintage plant book, plant sticky tabs, and several other goodies. The best part though? Allison’s handwritten notes.

How to Send a Plant Care Package & Why You Should Try It
Note cards I made for Joi

Seeing the thought and effort Allison put into making these notes for me (she even did the watercolor technique on the paper herself) moved me to tears. I immediately sent Allison a long text expressing my gratitude and proceeded to carefully remove the clippings from the package and placed them in water so that that they could continue to grow. The notes still hang up on the wall in my office next to my desk.

Although I had received Allison’s package, I was not finished getting hers together. I had this grand idea of decorating a shoe box with some botanical paper and adding a giant paper Monstera leaf on top. It came out even cuter than I imagined it would!

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The box Joi decorated to send to me – isn’t it adorable?!

While I was waiting on my clippings to root, I visited the dollar store (and the dollar section at Target) to find some cute stationary to add. For my own handmade touch, I made Allison a set of cactus greeting cards. Because Allison’s package to me had been so thoughtful, I wanted to be sure that I showed my appreciation in the package I sent in return. Putting all the clippings together to ship was a very simple process (we’ll tell you how to do that in a moment), and the payoff of returning the feeling of happiness she had brought to me was priceless.

How to Send a Plant Care Package & Why You Should Try It
Clippings growing in water before being sent

Allison: When my package from Joi arrived, I was over-the-moon thrilled! All of her hard work to make the outside of the box beautiful did not go unnoticed, and made the arrival of the package that much more exciting! I carefully went through each item Joi had included – each leaf clipping and succulent leaf, stationary item, and the amazing handmade greeting cards – with a smile on my face. However, the item that touched me most was the narcissus bulb that Joi included. Several weeks before she sent my box, she had seen a post on my IG feed of some gorgeous narcissus blooms that I had spotted at my local nursery. With this in mind, she bought me my very own bulb so that I could add this beauty to my home! This attention to detail and level of thoughtfulness truly touched me, and made our plant exchange just THAT much more special!

Exchanging plant clippings with friends can be a fun way to expand your own plant collection. However, my favorite part of exchanging clippings this is the sentimental value that each new plant takes. I love looking around my home and seeing special plants that have traveled from afar to join my plant family.

How to Send Plant Clippings in the Mail
A few of the clippings Joi sent in my care package, thriving in their new home.
How to Send Plant Clippings in the Mail
Clippings that I sent to Joi, sharing a pot and living happily on her nightstand.

Now that we’ve shared the joys of sending a plant care package, let’s talk about how you can send one of your own.

HOW TO SEND A PLANT CARE PACKAGE

1. Gather Clippings

How to Send Plant Clippings in the Mail

The first step in sending a plant care package is to gather clippings from plants that you would like to share with friends. We would suggest taking clippings from plants that are hardier, as sometimes the more delicate plants (especially ones with very specific needs for light and water) do not survive the journey to a new home.

Once you have gathered your clippings, put them into water to begin growing roots. (If you are unfamiliar with water propagation, check out Allison’s blog here.)

Why You Should Try Water Propagation | Joi-Knows-How.com

Plants propagate at different rates, so if you feel as if it’s taking forever, don’t be discouraged. More hardy varieties (Pothos, Spider Plant, as well as many succulents) will root quickly, while those that are less hardy (String of Hearts, Hoya) may take longer. Until your plant cutting is completely dead, do not lose heart! Roots are very likely to appear if you’re patient.

How to Send Plant Clippings in the Mail

2. Package Your Clippings

Before packing your clippings, you’ll need to make sure they are ready to send. How do you know when your clippings are ready? Look for well-established roots and foliage that looks healthy and strong. If your roots have not yet developed, there’s a good chance that the plant will not survive the trip or will not be able to survive once placed in soil. Also, if you plant is struggling in water, the shock of being transported could be too much, and your plant may not make it. We suggest placing multiple clippings in water to increase the chances of having at least one with strong healthy roots that will be ready to send.

When packaging up your plant clippings keep in mind these important elements:

  • Do everything you can to keep your plants moist, but not wet. For plants that are taken out of water propagation to send, a great technique to ensure that they remain moist is to wrap the roots in a wet paper towel and then wrap the paper towel in a piece of saran wrap or a Ziplock baggie. Secure the plastic around the base of the plant (with enough room that you aren’t damaging the roots themselves) with a small rubber band or a twisty-tie, or simply zip the bag up around the stem.

How to Send Plant Clippings in the Mail

How to Send Plant Clippings in the Mail

Ship out your plant packages as soon as they have been prepared; you don’t want to waste any precious moisture by delaying your shipment.

Once you have put your moistened plants into bags and into a box, be sure to use soft packing matter – crumpled up tissue paper or newspaper works great – to ensure that your plants don’t shift in transit. On the other hand, don’t pack your plants so tightly that the leaves could be damaged. Think of it as creating a nice, soft pillow around your plants, rather than wrapping them tightly.

3. Add Some Plant Swag

How to Send a Plant Care Package in the Mail

One of the best parts of sending a plant care package is finding fun little add-ins. Plants are super trending right now, and it’s easy to find awesome little plant-related items to include with your cuttings. The Target Dollar Spot, Dollar/$.99 Store, etc. are even great places to look! Being thoughtful and finding fun little gifts doesn’t have to break the bank.

Celestial Monstera Enamel Pin
Celestial Monstera pin by @apartmentbotanist

If you want to include something that costs a little more, there are many unique plant-related gifts available, especially on Etsy. Hemleva and the Apartment Botanist have beautiful plant themed enamel pins. Handheld and Co. sells lovely botanical-themed note cards and adorable pins and patches! Joi just launched her Etsy shop, full of gorgeous botanical photography prints.

Botanical Art Prints available via Etsy
Joi’s Botanical gorgeous prints available via Etsy.

4. Include a Personal Touch

Don’t forget to add a personal touch to your package with the addition of a handwritten note! This practice is a forgotten art in today’s world, but this simple gesture can be so fun and meaningful. Both of us have been working on our own hand-lettering techniques, so we have used packages as an opportunity to practice!

How to Send a Plant Care Package In the Mail & Why You Should

5. Ship Your Package

Here in the US, there are two main options for shipping: either the United States Postal Service (USPS) or UPS. Tracking is available through both services, and pricing is very competitive.

Allison: The only upper hand that UPS has over USPS is that in certain parts of the States (for example, where I live in Central Ohio) the USPS has a terrible reputation for meeting their delivery dates. I bought a plant from someone in Florida, who mailed me the plant via USPS. While the Post Office said the plant had been delivered to me, it never arrived. It took over a week for my order to arrive. Amazingly, the plants have survived and are in good condition, but depending on the hardiness of what you are shipping, this wouldn’t always be the case.

How to Send a Plant Care Package

Joi: Also be mindful of what you choose to package your items in. Remember that super cute box that I decorated for Allison’s package? Welp, it didn’t fit into a flat rate box and I ended up paying way more than intended to send it out! I had to use a bigger box and then purchase a second box to put in to fill up the empty space, which could have been avoided if I used a smaller box. Instead of decorating a shoe box that is difficult to ship, consider reusing an Amazon box or purchase a flat rate box to fill so that you don’t run into major fees.

6. When Your Package Arrives

As soon as your package arrives, OPEN IT! (As if you’d do anything else – HA!)

But seriously, you will want to get your cuttings out of the box and into sunlight/water as soon as possible. We, personally, recommend putting them back into water for a week or so to get them acclimated to their new climate and humidity conditions. You can always put rooted plants directly into soil, but keep in mind this might cause them more shock.

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Allison: My favorite part of the whole plant care package process is waiting in eager anticipation for my package to arrive at its destination. Finding meaningful gifts for friends, and knowing that they are going to LOVE what I sent, is the best feeling ever!

Joi: Making meaningful connections via platforms like Instagram is becoming more and more common. In the plant community, people tend to be so warm and friendly. Connecting with a fellow plant-lover by sending a plant care package is a unique and fun way to make even stronger connections. You really ought to try it!

How to Send a Plant Care Package & Why You Should Try It

Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@joi.knows.how and @the.houseplant.momma) because we will be hosting an AMAZING giveaway – starting next Monday, July 16! – to celebrate this blog post. You won’t want to miss it!

Thank you so much for reading our post, we hope you enjoyed it! Please feel free to comment with any further questions. Are you thinking of sending a plant care package of your own? We would love to hear all about it!

Until next time,

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156 Replies to “How to Send a Plant Care Package & Why You Should Try It”

    1. Great information and such a nice idea. Sharing and caring – We need more of that in our world – IG : dianetaylor3711

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  1. I love how plants can bring people closer.

    Great tips on packing cuttings! I’ve been wondering what’s the best way to do this. Thanks!

    @jekasaurus

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  2. I would be beside myself if I ever received a package like this!! Going to do a small giveaway on my own page soon and will definitely be referring back to this blog! Thank you 😊 💚

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  3. I love this idea!! I always have plants and some plant swag ready to go for my friends when they visit! Now I will have to send them some!!

    @hmlattem

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  4. This is so helpful! My friend and I love to swap plant cuttings and now I could send some to my family who live states away!

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  5. This is so helpful. I’ve always been weary of sending plant mail to anyone because I’ve never been sure of a good way to package plants! Thank you for this!
    I also loved hearing your story! 🙂

    @r.a.craig

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  6. Love this! The wet paper towels/zip lock baggie is a great trick! I live across the country from most of my plant friends, this is a good idea that I might have to try!! Thanks for running such a cool contest.

    @peaksnpups

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  7. This is such a great idea!! I really appreciate all the tips so I don’t mess it up when I give it a try. Thank you for all the information and for hosting such a great giveaway!
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  8. This is a great read through! What a lovely way to add some life to a friend or family members day. 🙂 please keep up the great work with all of your postings!

    @nixsullivan

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  9. Definitely life has its little wonders!! Would absolutely love to win this giveaway!!! The plant community rocks!!! 💚🌿🌵 my IG account is @plantsingoldpots

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  10. I love this blog so much! Being away from home for the first summer ever this is perfect help me to send family members little reminders of me a gifts! Thank you for sharing this great advice!
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  11. I love this blog!! I’m a new plant dad and after reading a bit I’m ready for some grand babies hahaha. Thank you so much! Insta: justjav843

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    1. If you have any questions about propagation (and making those plant grand babies), be sure to check out my propagation blog referenced in this one. I think you’d find it helpful! Thanks for commenting – we’ll be sure you get your 10 extra entries in the giveaway!

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  12. Love this post! As a new shipper of plants, I get so nervous about putting it in the mail and hoping it gets to it’s new home safely so the tips are greatly appreciated. And looking at this care packages you two put together, plant people really are the best people!
    @myhappyhouseplant

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  13. I’ve been a following you on Instagram for awhile but never checked out your blog. I’m so excited to explore some more. Using the tips that you’ve provided I plan to send my mom some clippings. Thanks for offering this awesome giveaway!

    @allielbritt

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  14. Amazing blog🌱🌱🌱 I’ve never won anything in my life so 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤗 Thank you ig explore feed for blessing me with new plant ig’s to follow and a chance to enter this beautiful giveaway✨

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  15. I love your blog and happy you guys are doing this giveaway 💕💕 thank you for a chance to win!!

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  16. Loving this, was recently searching on the proper way to send clippings and or travel with them. (Like when I steal clippings from my mom haha)

    @itslelie

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  17. I’m not seeing my first comment so if it’s actually there please excuse my repost lol. I really enjoyed reading this and love it! The world needs more caring and sharing!
    – IG: dianetaylor3711

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  18. Love these tips! I’ve only ever plant swapped locally but I’m think some of my farther away friends will be receiving happy mail soon! 🌱❤️

    @backyardhomesteadmomma

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  19. This post resonates in my soul. Right now my sister is my only plant friend. I sent her a ruby rubber plant by surprise recently and it happened to get to her when she was having a really bad day. Of course it made her feel tons better immediately. We’ve been talking for the past few weeks about how awesome it would be to make meaningful connections with other plant lovers on IG. People that know your actual name and not just your handle! Lol. It’s easy to feel like you’re on the fringes, some connections that have the possibility to morph into friendships would be so welcome. The online world is such often such an unkind place. I’m glad there’s a tiny green segment of it that focuses on those shared things that connect us. I hope I find my ‘Joi’ soon!! (The bug post helped BTW. Thanks!! Less fungus gnats. Winning…) @shwelds

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    1. You made my morning reading this! I am so glad that the post resonated with you! It is hard to find meaningful friendships online, but there are definitely other people out there looking for the same thing! Thank you so much for reading! (And I’ll be sure you get the extra entries for commenting!)

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    1. Joi made me some AMAZING little cactus note cards out of paint chips! I hope she’ll do a tutorial of them soon on her blog. They’re not too hard, but the are super cute! 🙂 Thanks for the comment, and I’ll be sure you get the extra entires!

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  20. Do you recommend mailing plant cuttings that have not rooted yet? Are they more likely to die in the shipping process?

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    1. That’s a great question. I would not recommend mailing unrooted cuttings. They aren’t as hardy and might not survive. Some of your more hardy varieties might, but your chances aren’t as good.

      Thanks for the comment, and I’ll be sure you get your extra giveaway entries!

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  21. Well this is amazing! I just spent so much time looking for info on how to better grow houseplants. I was looking at places online to buy cuttings and make this a successful experience. I have a few different vines growing aorund my house that seem to be making it but I have killed everything else! I had this little palm tree looking thing, and a beautiful deep green plant that I LOVED and succulents and they all died. My grandparents said they can’t believe I killed unkillable plants.

    But I’ve read time and again of the amazing benefits houseplants have on occupants inlcuding cleaner air. This post is perfect and so informative. My goal is to get a dwarf Meyer lemon tree but I want to prove I can keep things alive first. Thanks for all this great info

    @perlocutoryMe

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    1. I’m so glad you found this post helpful! I have a lot of other posts about how to successfully grow houseplants, if you’re interested in checking them out!

      Also, one of our giveaway sponsors sells lemon trees (it’s @viacitrus), so when the time comes, be sure to check them out!! (And speaking of the giveaway, I’ll be sure you get your extra entries for commenting!)

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  22. What a wholesome post! I want to try this but I’m waiting on my new succulent babies to get a little bigger! Still, great reference! 🙂 IG: habanerohottie

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  23. Always wanted to contribute to a community of clippings. The read is easy and thourough! I loved the pictures, and the heartwarming flow. Thank you for the info ❤️ 🌱 ✉️

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