Tropical plants can pose a challenge to ship for the simple fact that they are perishable and living things. Anyone looking to transport hundreds or even thousands of plants and trees in one truckload would need to take many factors into consideration. Luckily, Gosha Greens has spent years learning and perfecting the logistics of tropical plant shipping, and we are eager to pass our tips along to you!

First, below are the factors to consider when transporting tropical plants and trees:

Light
Plants can usually last four to six days in the dark. However, they may still lose some leaves from the lack of sunlight, so when they are delivered, be sure to not overwater them because fewer leaves mean less evaporation.

Water
Some plants can stay healthy for weeks without water, but that is contingent upon them being kept in the dark as discussed above. Again, no light means no evaporation.

Roots stress
If the plants being shipped are potted, we recommend one to two weeks away from direct sunlight before repotting or installation. This gives the root system time to recover from the stress of travel after a long journey. In our experience, plants and trees can take a certain amount of stress without serious damage.

Physical damage
If the right stacking techniques and precautions are taken, physical damage does not happen often in the transportation of our tropical plants and trees. However, accidents can happen out of anyone’s control. In case of serious damage, Gosha Greens would replace any plants critically injured during the transportation and/or delivery of our orders.

With that being said, we pride ourself on our stacking techniques for all deliveries. We tend to stick with three basic methods for loading our trucks with tropical plants and trees:

  1. Single stack: pots side by side on one level
  2. Double stack: one pot on top of another pot
  3. California stack: double stacking with many rows (three to four lines)

Single stacks are best for delicate, flowering plants as to not crush them by placing anything on top of them. But to maximize track space, double and California stacking is best. The juniper parsoni plant is an excellent example of a plant that can be stacked to make the most of the space. When stacking tropical plants and trees for transportation, experience and precision are key for the success of the delivery while minimizing stress and damage to the material. When all of this is kept in mind, Gosha Greens has found that both plants and customers are happy and satisfied.