Prime Fresh Handling has years of experience in shipping fresh flowers and live plants. We specialize in providing the proper and specific care that each type of flower or planet will need. Our comprehensive flower shipping logistics company ships many different types of flowers, including long-stem roses, tropical flowers, fresh-cut flowers, and other live plants

Our experts have put their collective knowledge together to answer some commonly asked questions about orchid shipping. 

 

How to Ship Live Orchids

Shipping orchids correctly requires a special touch during the care process. There are many things that can damage an orchid throughout the process, from rough handling to extreme temperatures that are harmful to the flower. If a nursery rushes through the packing and shipping processes, this leads to absolute disaster and damage. 

In order to avoid this, it is important to trust a company like Prime Fresh to properly handle your plants. Here are the steps we take to ensure the safety of the live orchid plants:

  1. Examine the plant and make sure it is healthy and okay to be shipped. If the plant seems and feels a little dry, then give it a little bit of water to keep it moist during shipment.
  2. Stake the plant. The stakes protect both the leaves and flower spikes.
  3. Take shredded tissue, cotton padding, or wax paper as padding to prevent any injury. Wrap this around the plant to protect the whole thing.
  4. Next, we carefully wrap the plant in paper. If it is small enough, it will sometimes be put into a roll where several can fit. 
  5. The plant is now finally put into shipping boxes for orchids with more paper for added insulation and cushioning. 
  6. Finally, the box is taped up and sealed with a fragile sign so that everyone who handles it from this point forward knows to handle it with care. 

 

What Are Considered Harmful Temperatures for Orchids?

Since we are a global shipping company, we must pay attention to the weather along the entire route of transport for the orchid. During orchid shipping, if it will be traveling through cold temps, it is important to know how cold is too cold for these beautiful and delicate plants. 

Basically, you don’t want the orchid in temperatures any lower than 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This could lead to the water in the plant and the leaves freezing and causing cold damage. Cold damage is when the plant becomes squishy, brown, and lifeless-looking with blackened leaves and brown or black pits. This will become more noticeable as the orchid begins to warm up again.

 

What Do Orchids Symbolize?

As our professionals continue to further their knowledge, they have learned that the different colors of orchids symbolize different things:

 

Contact Prime Fresh Handing today to learn more about orchid shipping and the other industries we serve.