Some of us treat our garden and house plants as if they were children. We care for them, keep track of their growth, and buy special things to keep them happy. However, unlike moving with children, moving with plants requires some extra preparation. Here are some tips for all you plant parents on how to move plants to a new home.
Why You Can’t Take Your Plants to Some States
If you are moving to another state, make sure you check their guidelines on the taking plants across state lines. There can be many restrictions. Generally, states will require that household plants at least be in sterile potting mix or potting soil.
How to Pack Your Plants
When you are moving to a new house, figuring out how to move plants means knowing how to pack them correctly. The first thing you need to do is water your plants a few days before moving. This is especially important during a warm weather move, as it will ensure that they stay hydrated throughout the journey.
You’ll also want to start moving your plants to plastic pots. Plastic pots are great for transporting garden plants and carrying common household plants that are normally in heavy ceramic pots.
When packing your plants for a move in the car, try putting them in cardboard boxes padded with newspaper that offer support so they stay upright. For large plants, consider wrapping them with an old bed sheet or newspaper to prevent breakage.
A great option for transporting plants without taking the entire plant is to use a cutting. A cutting is a small piece of your plant that you can replant in new soil to grow that same plant. They are usually 3-6 inches of the stem or root. To pack your cutting, wrap it in a wet paper towel or newspaper and secure the wrapping with a rubber band. Then, place it in an open plastic bag.
Your Options for Transportation
You’ve got a few different options on how to transport plants when you move. What you decide to do mainly depends on distance and personal preference.
Taking Plants With You
Transporting your plants with you is probably your best option, short or long distance. This way, you can have absolute control over their environment. You will want to ensure your plants are in the main part of the car and not the trunk, that way they will be exposed to sunlight and a controlled temperature. Ideally, you’ll want to maintain a comfortable temperature in your car that is suitable for your plants and check them continuously throughout the trip.
Shipping Plants Via Mail
If you don’t have space in your car for your plants, shipping them is certainly an option. Of course, this means more risk. Most large shipping companies will ship your plants, just make sure you follow their guidelines.
If you decide to ship your plants, there are some precautions to take. First, you need to make sure your plants are protected from extreme temperatures. Think about the season and the type of temperatures that your plant could travel through and prepare for that. You’ll also want to ensure that they have extra support so that they stay upright during the move.
Special Services for Plants
There are some companies that offer specialized plant transportation services. Instead of exposing plants to the unpredictability of shipping via mail or sitting in the back of a moving truck with no sunlight, you can hire a company that specializes in transporting plants. Many of them even offer door-to-door service to ensure maximum plant safety.
Helping Your Plants Adjust After the Move
Once you’re in your new house, your plants will be dying for some fresh air, so you’ll want to first get them unpacked as quickly as possible. Next, get them back into their normal pots or planted into the ground. Make sure the soil has been watered before placing your plant. It’s also important that you keep them out of direct sunlight during those first days.
Try not to move your plants around too much for the first few days either. They’ll need time to get used to their new environment. Finally, keep an eye on your plants for any sudden changes in condition.