Even though a lot of houseplants, specifically aroids, are used to quite high temperatures in their natural habitat, it's not wise to expose them to the heatwave that we are currently having in Europe.
Plants that grow in jungles and rainforests are used to a constant climate without any real extremes. They do well in temperatures between 13 and 29 degrees.
When you put a plant in a box however and expose it to very high temperatures, it will die in no time. Because we really don't want that to happen, we are postponing a lot of orders, especially the orders that contain plants that are more sensitive to heat.
The last mile is the part of the journey where the plants risk the biggest heat shock, in the van that will bring the package to your doorstep. This is why the temperature at your end is the most important one to take into consideration.
When the orders are picked up here at the greenhouse, it is always at the end of the round of the courier or we ask for seperate transport. After the plants have been picked up, it only takes 30 minutes or less for them to arrive at the DPD warehouse where they are nice and cool.
We have tried many different ways to figure out which orders to ship when, and we came up with this set of rules:
- for sturdy plants: we ship if the maximum temperature on your end is below 28-29 degrees on the estimated day of delivery
- for more fragile plants: we ship if the maximum temperature on your end is below 25 degrees on the estimated day of delivery
Lesser and even optimally variegated Monstera Variegata are considered sturdy plants, highly variegated MV are more prone to heat damage.
Special Philodendrons like Melanochrysum and Florida Ghost really don't fare well in high temperatures, same with Alocasia Frydek Variegata.
As a general rule you can state that the firmer the leaf, and the less variegation, the stronger the plant is.
Please understand that should you ask us to ship when we deem it too hot, we will not be responsible for heat damage.