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I wouldn't let them sit for too long. I would suppose a 5-10 days since the last time the plants were exposed to light would be the max before you could have considerable losses. But then, my plants are almost always here in 2-3 days and I have them delivered to my house where I'm always here to receive them (I work 4 pm til 4 am so I'm always home during PO delivery hours) so I have no experience with plants sitting locked up at the post office. I have a PO box too but only use it for business mail on the magazine (promotional review CDs, letters, etc) I know that the people at my post office keep the building very warm in autumn/winter and I'd hate to have live plants sitting there for very long!
I had a N ampullaria and N gracilis stuck in the mail for almost a month(the anthrax scare), and they survived. I think it depends on how well they are packaged; If they don't dry up too quickly I think that they'll survive for a week.
I agree it really depends considerably on the plants, how they were packed and temperatures they are stored at. Generally speaking 7 days from the time they are packed in the box is about the max before you start to see ill effects.
well the problem is that i do not get home delivery and all the mail has to be picked up at the local post office. it is now 9
0am and they are just opening up the bay doors so i will be back in a few and tell ya how they are. the plants are not imported so i do beleave that they will be ok.
the longest i have had plants in the mail is 9 days and with ill effect w/ most of them
nathaniel, it was
1 n. truncata
4 n. ampullaria
1 s.rubra gulfensis x leuco. x psittacina
the n. ampullaria cuttings are in a little bit of shock but, the truncata and sarr.are just fine. i think it would take a lot to
shock that little beast.
The only problem I ever had with shipping was with my N. ampullaria which was packaged horribly and arrived with the main growth point covered in a grey fungus and mostly dead. I was able to scavenge parts of the plant that were offset from the main stem that looked healthy. I now have two amps about 3" across from that plant but the other parts I tried to plant just got worse and had to be disposed of for fear of infecting the rest of my collection.