The most asked question from my website this time of year is ‘How will I be protecting hoyas from the Weather during winter times of shipping?’ My response is ‘With the aid of a 72 hour Heat Pack and insulating boxes.” There have been no casualties yet this 2014-2015 cold season. The only weekends I refrained from sending out the boxes on Saturday morning, due to cold temperatures, are the Holiday weekends. The reason behind that decision is the 72 hours will have expired while still in transit.
Hoya plants are watered the Wednesday prior to shipping so they have had the chance to dry out to protect the roots from freezing. The dry mixx is contained by carefully placing packing peanuts in a puzzle-like design on the surface and secured with masking tape. The second step is to roll the hoya pot with the plant into a funnel shape with tissue paper. This creates a space to further insulate the plant with Styrofoam peanuts and also support the vine.
With that accomplished, I wrap the newly activated 72 Hour Heat Pack in a half sheet of tissue and carefully place it on the bottom of the box. The goal is to position this pack near where the roots of the plant will be but keeping the foliage shielded from the direct heat since this will burn the leaves for sure. On top of the pack goes a sheet of insulting material whether it be foam or bubble wrap or simply some paper.
If possible I also line the sides with insulation and then enclose the top with the same. The inner protection must be warm but not air tight so that the plant is overwhelmed with heat.
This method along with the inner packing peanuts between the plants has proven to be very easy to accomplished and since most of my materials are recycled it is also cost effective. Now that you have knowledge of how I protect your order form the outside temperatures rest assure that your hoyas will arrive in about the same condition they left SRQHoyas PA. Of course dehydration can occur but nothing a few hours of hydrating will not cure.