Did She Ship a Plant?

Whitney Anderson

YES! She sure did!! She is ME. And I’m gonna share with you just how I did it!

Disclaimer: I am not a plant expert, nor am I a plant shipping expert. Just a woman having fun and sharing plants with distant friends!

Why did I ship a plant?

OK, I am well aware that plants are pretty easy to come by. You can purchase them in home improvement stores, grocery stores, health food stores, etc. So why the heck did I want to ship a plant over 2000 miles away? The answer is simple! It’s the thought that counts! I was brainstorming while putting together a little care package for my friend Caleisha. I wanted to include items that I knew she liked, and items that would be unique. Among the other trinkets and things I packed up for her, I was still missing something. Then the thought came! I knew that she is a serious plant lover, so why not include an adorable mini succulent? I picked a succulent out of the bunch along with a sweet mini planter, and one for me too so we can be twinsies!


How did I ship it?

I hopped on YouTube, my favorite resource for “How-To” videos. I found a video that explained the best way to ship succulents. Lots of tissue paper, a portion of an egg carton (or the whole thing if you are shipping multiple pants, and then more tissue paper! Here are the steps I took for her succulent.

  1. Lay out some tissue paper to contain the mess, or step outside!
  2. Cut out the amount you need for your little succulents, including the same amount from the top of the egg carton.

*For one small succulent, I used two egg wells worth of egg carton. One section for the plant, the other section to rest the roots.

  1. Place a small amount of tissue paper in each of the egg wells.
  2. Gently remove the soil surrounding the succulent. Be mindful of the succulent’s root system!
  3. Rest the succulent on one well, and the roots can lay over into the next well.
  4. Place a crumbled layer of tissue paper over the succulent.
  5. Place the egg carton top on top of the tissue paper. Succulent is now sandwiched in the middle.
  6. Wrap the entire “sandwich” with tissue paper.
  7. Make sure this does not bounce around in your shipping box by filling the box to capacity with either other items, or your choice of packaging filler.

*Added bonus: include the plant type and care instructions in a note if your recipient is a novice plant owner.

The succulents!

Separated the succulents from their soil.

Succulent resting in the egg wells, on top of tissue paper.

The succulent sandwich!

My friend received her plant safely, and only one petal fell off during shipment. I'd say I did pretty good for my first time shipping something that's ALIVE!

Best news is, she looked up the care tips for this variety of succulent, and they’re basically the lowest maintenance plant you can find. They’re called Sedum Treleasei.

See photos below of each of our little succulents in their adorable pots!


Caleisha’s  succulent, aerial view.
My succulents, aerial view.
Caleisha’s succulent, side view.
My succulents, side view.
Caleisha’s succulent, full view.
My succulents, full view. 

If you get the urge to ship a plant, let me know how it goes! Best way to reach me is via Instagram.

My friend Caleisha has a YouTube channel called Quirky Monday, be sure to check her videos out!

Thank you for reading!!


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