JoaoBM wrote: ↑Wed May 27, 2020 12:24 am
Unusual question but I just ordered a VFT for the first time through mail and the order hasnt moved from the country's customs for a couple of days.
I was wondering how many days, more or less, they can spend in total darkness until it starts to affect them badly.
It is bothering me and needed a little of reassurance to tranquilize my mind.
Judging by your name I guess you're Brazilian. Brazil has quite strict quarantine laws due to the existance of one of the most beautiful ecosystems on the planet (la amazona), they also have tepuis, maybe getting Graomongolensis, Magnifica, and Heliamphora is not too hard for you, sounds like paradise. If you happen to be Portuguese, Portugal has requirements much like the EU and US, and is relatively fast (since it's part of the EU).
If you don't have a phytosanitary certificate, it could be a lot longer. I wouldn't expect plants to be in the mail for too long and be OK. However, I have sent packages that the Postal Service had delayed for 3 weeks, and the delicate plants arrived alive. VFT's can survive without light in the mail for about 14 days, in my experience, more so if they were shipped dormant.
That said, Brazil is a hot country. I hope your plants do well. If anything, try reaching out to your nearest Customs agency and asking how the order is doing.