Drying Succulents for Shipping
Totally dried, dredged in Diatomaceous Earth
I have a question about drying succulents for shipping.
I understand the packaging, using a few layers of newspapers, and also using the heavy boxes (like the ones used to ship wine), but I'm confused about the drying succulents for shipping part.
Do you simply not water them for a week, until the soil is very dry?
Is there a specific time that you have to dry the succulents before shipping?
How do you tell when they are 'Ready to be Shipped'?
I've learned (from this site), that if you don't dry them, they will try to grow during shipment, and become leggy and discolored.
This all makes total sense, but the succulents, being quite a different animal then most plants, don't require much watering to begin with!
I'm used to getting plants shipped to me with their roots surrounded with peat or moss, then stuffed in little plastic bags to conserve moisture. These plants if they dry out, simply die!
Drying the succulents before shipping is all new to me!
I would also like to know what you use for the planting medium when shipping.
Thanks for all your help!
If you can use this great, if my questions are answered elsewhere on the site, let me know (I'm thinking maybe I would like to try and sell some of these, as I do sell perennials) (at my house ) now.
I did get some really cool looking ones over the summer, and I love the look of them.
I'm thinking-retirement-in a few years, why not get some of these growing, and see what it turns into!