Seed Trading forum: How to mail seeds safely

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Imagestarlight1153
Aug 26, 2015 3:44 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Nobody likes to make a seed trade and receive broken or chipped seeds. For those folks making smaller trades that don't have bubbler envies or want to go through the expense of them and the postage for them, here is another way that I use successfully.

This does not work for bigger seeds like beans and squash or lumpy ones, but things like tomatoes, peppers, salvias or any small seed.

1. Put your seed in your baggy. The ones from walmart that are like 100 for a buck are the best. Think they like 2" x 3". Put your label inside.

2. Get you a 3 x 5 card if you use normal, standard size envelopes. Get two cards if you use them big long envelopes and tape them together to fit the length of the big envie.

3. Take your baggy seeds and lay them one on top of the other, with the closed parts just laying right below each other down the length of the card IN THE CENTER of it. Generally I can get 6 or 7 seed packets to all line down the card.

4. Next take you a piece of tape and run it all down the center of the packet of the seeds and over a bit on both ends of the card on the back side of the card. When you pick up your card, all your seed packets stay in place.

5. Take a piece of paper towel and cut it in half. Take your card, lay it at bottom of paper toel and wrap it around card and seeds and put a piece of tape to hold paper towel.

6. You now have a bunch of seeds ready to go into your envelop. The po runs envies through so that they get stamp and scan marks on top and bottom and loose seed packets will naturally fall to bottom of envie and get crushed. This method keeps that from happening.

They can run the seeds through and the machine doesn't touch the seeds in the middle. You might want to check, but doing this, unless you got a real fat envie, you will only need one stamp to mail.

Your seeds arrive nice and neat and all in one piece. Saves having to use bubblers all the time which gets to be expensive.

Hope that helps some of you.

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