Urban Jungle Bloggers #18

JOELIX.com | Urban Jungle Bloggers - the Plant Swap

This month's Urban Jungle Bloggers topic is a special one. It hits right to the core of what UJB is all about: sharing, caring, giving, joy and… plants! Offer a plant to a friend!
If you know me offline you've probably at least once received one of my succulents babies. There's an entire family growing (or dying… they don't always survive!) around the world by now. They're a small practical gift too as they fit in my purse/suitcase and require minimal care. And yeah, I think they're pretty cute too 😉 Because I was selected to participate in The Plant Swap by Studio Meez, I thought this would be a nice opportunity to share a few tips of how to send baby plants and cuttings to fellow plant lovers.

JOELIX.com | Urban Jungle Bloggers - the Plant Swap

Sending small plants by snailmail is really easy. Depending on their size you can send them in an envelope which keeps the shipping costs low. I always wrap my babies in some wet tissue paper, which will let them survive for a few weeks on the road. I never put them in plastic because I don't want them to choke. Just a little ribbon and they are good to go:

JOELIX.com | Urban Jungle Bloggers - the Plant Swap

Also in the package: a tiny palm tree! This is a spontaneous one that popped up in a planter with another plant. I think a palm tree seed was mixed in the soil. If you want to know how to grow your own palm tree, it's easy if you follow my infographic. It's such a nice thing to do when you're on holiday somewhere sunny with palm trees. Just bring home some seeds and grow your own palm tree!

JOELIX.com | Urban Jungle Bloggers - the Plant Swap

In The Plant Swap you can send anything plant-related. These are some of the previous packages sent by other participants. I also included two packages of flower seeds, some IKEA radishes, a pack of delicious Nasturtium from HEMA, an aloë vera baby and a small green succulent, ready to be potted. And as usual when I send plants: I include a little letter with some simple plant instructions.

JOELIX.com | Urban Jungle Bloggers - the Plant Swap

JOELIX.com | Urban Jungle Bloggers - the Plant Swap

And voilà! This package is off to Belgium, I hope Karolien will enjoy it! Do you ever send plants via snailmail? Do you have any doubts? Unfortunately you can't send plants all around the world. For example Australia has very strict import restrictions. You can always try (but risk your package being destroyed at the border). And would you join a Plant Swap? What would you send? Or wish to receive?

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via our Facebook page. Want to join? Find out how on our website and use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!

For more "Offer a Plant to a Friend" ideas, check out the gallery!

And pstttt… this month is really all about giving: Igor and I will be giving away a secret plant-related gift to 2 of our readers, so leave a comment below 🙂

20 thoughts on “Urban Jungle Bloggers #18

  1. Oh I would love to receive a little succulent from you. I tried growing mine following your instructions but they just died :( I have to go get some new plants and I hope they do well.
    Thanks for all the tips.

  2. I've never send plant by mail but this is definitely a goof idea, I'd love to join a plant swap it woul de a good oppurtunity to receive some beautiful succulentes from all around the world!

  3. This is such a great ideia to offer. My father has lots of succulents and I am going to try your method to (hopefully) grow a few. Lovely photos.

  4. This is great. I remember when I received your succulent babies in the post. I was so excited. As you know mine didn't survive but I think I learned a lot from you and your instructions…

    Your parcel is gorgeous and I'm sure that Karolien will love it. She can also always look back at this post to see when her succulents, which no doubt will thrive, were tiny babies.

    And that palm tree… magnifique!

    Loved this month's challenge and I hope you like my Kokedamas:-)) xx

  5. The idea with the snailmail is fantastic!
    If there would be a monthly subscription box with offshoots of plants, I would subscribe:)
    A plant swap would also be a good idea. Maybe…
    I love the theme of UJB for this month. (My contribution also gone online.)
    By offering plants you can really make a lot of people happy.
    Green greetings,
    Leah

  6. Plant snail-mail! I've heard about swapping seed packets, but sending succulents through the mail is new to me. Who knew! Thanks for sharing, Judith.

  7. Oh Judith, I remember when I got a package from you containing green love! It is so thoughtful and a genuine gift that lasts a long time. Thank you for sharing what inspires you. Jocelyn xx

  8. Amazing! I never thought to post them, thanks for the tips! Our succulent babies are growing right now I am so excited to see the roots take plant shape :)

  9. Aaaah Judith! I can't stop falling in love with your idea and your lovely package <3 Those tiny succulent babies are more than cute! Je cours découvrir ton article sur le petit palm tree !

  10. I had so much fun potting up some Hen & Chicks, then giving them to some of my friends. I blogged it here: http://teri-gonewalkabout2.blogspot.com/2015/05/may-day-gift-of-plant.html

    Looking forward to the next challenge!

  11. Aw yay! Exactly what I needed! Do you just spray the tissue paper and then wrap? It's so cool!! And how do u find what countries u can ship to? Omg, I ask a lot of questions but I'm becoming obsessed with succulents and you know so much! :) THANK U!

  12. I love to write and receive letters, but never tried to send a little plant to spread the green love :-) I think I am going to give it a try.
    Interesting topic this month, it made me use my sewing machine again for paper -I use it far more with strange materials than with textile :-)
    happy new week

  13. What a genuine way to show some appreciation and spread growing plant love dear Judith!
    Such a great idea, will remember this for my future snail m@ails:-)
    Enjoy your week!

  14. Judith, your snail mail is wonderful, and I am very glad to have received one from you before :-))
    I also love your way of wrapping and decorating everything! Sukku-babies are really the best and easiest way to make plant-presents. Everybody will be able to grow them, and it´s so much fun to watch that!
    Have a wonderful evening-
    Barbara

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