Live Plant Shipping Containers: The Wirebound Nursery Crate

The wirebound nursery crate is a cost-effective shipping container for a variety of live plants including annuals, perennials, and small shrubs. On the outside, they seem fairly uniform. Each wirebound nursery crate fits around a standard GMA pallet and measure 74 inches tall. On the inside, however, these live plant shipping containers can have custom cleats to fit anywhere from 3 to 5 slide-in shelves.

How the Wirebound Nursery Crate Works for Shipping Live Plants

The easy, slide-in shelving makes this nursery crate especially convenient. They’re designed to allow water to drain from shelf to shelf for efficient watering and drainage. After each shelf is in place, the crate’s sides are stapled to a pallet, and the front of the wirebound can be swung shut and fastened securely for transportation.

Wirebound nursery crates can be made from hardwood or softwood, and are built to support up to 1,000 pounds. Our packaging engineers at Timber Creek Resource help each customer decide on the best materials and shelf design for their specific needs. Slight customizations like these help us ensure that every live plant shipping container is both cost effective and functional.

Unique Benefits of These Live Plant Shipping Containers

Compared to metal racking, wirebound crates are so cost-effective they are considered disposable. They’re also easier to assemble, and don’t have to be picked up from each destination after delivery. While wirebound nursery crates are designed for safe disposal, they’re still strong enough for reuse when needed. These nursery crates are also cost-effective in terms of logistics. For nurseries moving large amounts of product, 275 wirebound nursery crates can be shipped per truckload, reducing overall costs. This can be an important factor for smaller businesses that don’t have a large-scale logistics operation.  

These live plant shipping containers also serve more than one purpose. Beyond moving product from nurseries to retailers, wirebound nursery crates are also great for point of purchase display. This nursery crate’s exceptional durability makes it a reliable option for outdoor storage. Its hardy material can easily withstand the elements, making these nursery crates perfect for outdoor displays.

Whatever your packaging needs, Timber Creek Resource is here to engineer a solution. For more information on the live plant shipping containers available at Timber Creek Resource, get in touch with our wirebound nursery crate specialist, Mike Moffett, at, email wirebound crate expert John Tomaino, or call 716-695-5360.

Collapsible Hinged-Corner Crates are Efficient Solutions for High Volume Packaging

Collapsible industrial crates are an efficient solution for high volume jobs where heavy products must be completely crated. This lightweight and cost effective crate unfolds like a carton, and can be easily slipped over the top of the product. The crating process is much faster than building individual pieces of industrial packaging around heavy machinery, parts, or materials.

Shorter packaging processes save manufacturers time and money, while also protecting their investment. The larger the product, the more labor intensive it can be to fully package it, making a hinged-corner crate a time and energy-saving option. At Timber Creek Resource, our packaging engineers have built custom hinged-corner crates as large as 8 ft x 6 ft.

Collapsible Industrial Crates Make Effective and Accessible Storage Solutions

A packaging solution must withstand thousands of pounds of weight and harsh conditions in order to be a viable option for heavy industry. For this reason, collapsible crate designs are not only efficient, they’re also highly durable. These crates can protect materials indoors or outdoors, and aren’t subject to moisture damage like OSB crating.

Collapsible crates are also extremely strong, and hold up far better than corrugated packaging. At Timber Creek Resource, each of our hinged corner crates can be shake-tested in an ISTA-certified lab to assure customers that their products will be safe from shipping damage. These lighter-than-plywood crates are also shipped flat and take up less storage space in warehouses.

Collapsible Industrial Crate Designs

Metal Tab Corner Crate

Our industrial hinged-corner crates can be built with either nylon straps or metal tabs to secure it. While nylon straps are stronger and more durable, metal tabs are more cost effective. Packaging engineers will suggest a specificcollapsible crate design hinge according the customer’s size, weight and use requirements.


Timber Creek Resource also builds hinged-corner crates in either “full-tube” or “half-tube” designs. Full-tube designs are best for smaller products and are made with all 4 sides of the crate connected. Half-tube designs are specifically intended for crating exceptionally large pieces, and are made with 2 of the 4 sides connected for easier assembly. For each of our industrial crating customers, Timber Creek engineers collaborate to understand the application and help determine which product works best.

For more information on hinged-corner crating at Timber Creek Resource, email Dave Thurs at, or reach out by phone at 715-679-3080.