Ahah! You need to be asking women the question, not a bunch of mainly male wood workers.Essentially if it is would, you are buying into the journey and experience of botanical discovery in a distant land but have it delivered to your door. You are paying for novelty.
A plant in a cardboard box is nothing special and not uncommon.
So what can I take from your post? Is it this - a cheap, lightweight wooden box that is more or less disposable.
Alternatively bin whole wood idea and go cardboard.
Open to all suggestions. Have to face the facts now.
Ps. Do you have a wife? 90% of purchasers are female. Ask her if she would like a nice romantic antique styled presentation box to present the outstanding story and heritage of a given specimen OR a nicely styled cheaper cardboard box that will be binned. (Now I am trying to be impartial here!
I thought you guys would all be pushing me down the wood track. What's happening......
Everyone - let's just call it!!! Am I barking up the wrong tree, is wood solution WRONG???
FWIW my wife is always worried by wooden wine boxes. She feels they ought to be reused, so burning them feels wasteful.
I wonder if you should look at boxes for perfume - those are selling a concept, tradition, luxury ... all the things you are aiming at. I remember some gift sets from Floris which she bought in a sale as gifts. At least half the pleasure of the recipient was expected to come from the packaging!