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I sell plants all year round. Wait until your region warms up. Daily low temperatures above 300F are safe. Please don't order during hard freezes.
Check the 5-day weather forecast in your region before ordering.  http://www.weather.gov/forecasts/graphical/sectors/
What you can do to prevent a frozen plant
Frozen shipments are rare! I have been shipping cactus year round for many years. If there are a sub-freezing temperatures you need to plan a bit to ensure the safety of your order. In my experience the contents of a FedEx truck traveling across the USA are NOT subjected to freezing temps. Read my shipping tips below. Thank you!
• Request a shipping hold during periods of extreme low temperatures; when daily lows dip to 20 or lower it is not safe to ship a cactus. I'll be happy to ship as soon as your region warms up.

• Post a sign for FedEx to "leave package with a neighbor"-- someone who will be home so it doesn't sit on your freezing cold porch. Email me any special instructions to display on your package. (see example at right)

HEAT PAKS won't work

They are NOT a way to protect large plants shipped via Ground

Heat paks only last 72 hours at most. A 5-day coast-to-coast delivery is 120 hours. This is a small, one-person business and I cannot afford to buy heat paks anyway.
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(above) Yikes! That's cold! [December 20, 2008]

Customer Sally Smart asked me to print this label:

Don't leave on porch if not home--Give to next door neighbor Judy Warmhouse at 123 My Street."
Prevent frozen plant damage with these steps

Check the weather forecast from California (me) to your region
Request shipping hold during major blizzards or sub-freezing temp "patience is a virtue". I'll ship your plant as soon as you tell me the storm or blizzard has passed!

2) Ship on Friday or Monday
East Coast? Central plains? Have me ship on Friday or Monday so the truck will deliver straight thru (FedEx Ground 5-business day delivery guarantee coast-to-coast) without a weekend lay-over in a mid-western sub-zero terminal. I believe the trucks don't drive on Sunday.

3) Ship to your work address
Don't let the package sit outside all day on your porch! Ship to your work address so it does not sit in the snow on your porch all day. Leave a note for FedEx to knock on the door of a neighbor who is home? "Better safe than sorry".
  Have your package left with a neighbor, or delivered to work. Don't leave out in the snow all day!

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