How To Properly Move Plants

Plants are a possession that can represent all sorts of complications when moving to a new home, since they are actually alive and thus require special care to ensure that they do not die while in transit. Fortunately, there are a number of simple things that you can do to ensure that your plants stay in good health during the move so that they can flourish at your new property.

Prepare Ahead of Time

The first and most important thing that you should do to your plants to ensure that they are ready for moving day is to move them into plastic pots several weeks before the actual move. This gives them time to acclimatize to the new environment and also means that they will be easier to move – especially when compared to potted plants that are in clay or metal pots. It's also a good idea to prune back growth and check for insects at the same time.  You should also avoid watering them if possible – not for any health related reasons, but because a leak during moving day can be stressful and damage other nearby belongings.

No Moving Boxes

Plants, just like your pets, shouldn't be packed away in boxes and put into a moving truck. Instead, you should be moving your plants yourself in the same car that you are travelling in. Avoid putting them in the trunk, which could cause them to bake or freeze depending on the season and the distance that you are driving. Instead, keep them on the passenger seats or on the floor of your car, where they are more likely to be protected from the elements. In the same vein, be sure to bring them with you if you are moving long-distance and thus staying in a hotel one night: leaving them in the car will likely cause them to wilt and die due to temperature and humidity fluctuations.

Replant Quickly

Finally, once you actually get to your new property, you should make replanting your plants a top priority. Potted plants and houseplants should be fine as long as you keep them indoors, but any outdoor plants that have only been potted for the move need to get into the soil quickly so that they can begin to lay their root networks back down and begin to adapt to the new environment. You'll also want to water all of your plants, houseplants or outdoor, at this point to ensure that they remain properly hydrated.

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