If you’re a keen gardener in the midst of planning your home move, you will probably have a few heavy potted plants in your collection. Have you thought about how you are going to prepare and move them?
Plants, as you know, are very sensitive to their environment and often struggle to cope with the trauma of being uprooted (literally!) and moved across town or, even worse, across state lines.
A bit of preparation can go a long way to reducing the impact of your move. First, you will need some supplies.
Supplies and Equipment for Moving your House Plant
You will need:
- Heavy-duty plastic pots for each plant (presuming they are not already plastic). You should match the size of the current pots.
- Suitably sized boxes (dish pack or wardrobe cartons are ideal, depending on the size of your plants). Use one box per plant.
- Plastic bags
- Plain newsprint
- Packing tape
- Marker pens
Three Week Timeline
Prepare your plants for their move three weeks before your moving date.
Three Reasons to Leave Your Plants Behind
It is not always wise to transport your plants. It is best to leave them behind in the following cases:
- If your destination state will not accept them: Arizona, California and Florida can be particularly strict on this. Check ahead of time whether there are any restrictions. You may need to organize a Gypsy Moth Inspection Certificate before travel.
- If the climate is vastly different: Although you may be able to create a microclimate for your plants, chances are a move to a much hotter, colder, wetter or drier clime will kill them off.
- If you are traveling a long way: The longer you travel, the less likely your plants will survive the ordeal, even if you have taken the precautions above.
Three Alternatives to Moving Your Plants With you
If you don’t have room to take your potted plants with you, there may be an alternative:
- Put them in the moving truck: Moving companies often refuse to transport plants. After all, they make a mess when toppled, break easily and often die in the stuffy truck. However, if you are moving a short distance, you pack your plants well and you agree to take on all the risk, they may agree.
- Send by air freight: Some airlines will agree to accept your plants as air freight. However, they will have to endure the same conditions as if they had traveled in a truck.
- Keep a cutting: This is one of the easiest ways to transport a potted plant. It may be some time before you can experience it in its full glory but at least it should survive the trip.