Plants can bring life to your home, both inside and out. With planning and special care, you can safely transition your favorite greenery to brighten your new place.
Quick Trip Across Town - Moving an indoor plant is relatively easy compared to moving an outdoor plant, especially if you are moving across town.
  • Safeguard Against Breakage - HGTV Front Door recommends simply packing the plants in their pots in open boxes. If the pots are breakable, transfer the plant into a durable plastic pot for the move. With any plant, you will want to safeguard against spills and breakage. Cushion the pots’ sides to keep them from breaking. Also make sure the box itself is durable enough to withstand any jostling and bumping that can happen during a car ride.
  • Keep Away from Clutter - Don't pile up items around the box that could slip and fall onto the plant and crush it. And don't stack the plant somewhere where it could fall and get damaged.
  • Protect from Spillage - HGTV Front Door also recommends putting sphagnum moss - which becomes peat upon decomposition - on top of the pots of taller plants, and then wrapping the pots in plastic. This will prevent soil from spilling all over the back of your car. If you are moving in winter, it's also a good idea to wrap the plants in newspaper, as any exposure to cold could cause serious damage.
Prepare for the long haul
For longer trips that will take longer than a day, you will have to take much greater care with your plants. According to the moving company Atlas Van Lines, you should start preparing your plants nearly a month before moving day.
  • Three weeks out -- repot as necessary, as they may incur damage when changing pot sizes.
  • Two weeks out -- prune larger plants to make for healthier plants and make them easier to transport. Simply cut back newer growth. For flowering shrubs, you will want to cut just above a healthy bud, according to This Old House.
  • In the last week -- check plants for insects and parasites, and closely monitor how you water the plants. Watering too much could cause the plant to freeze or develop fungus depending on the weather.
  • On moving day, be sure to pack them no sooner than is absolutely necessary.  When traveling, leave windows open even just a little bit to allow for good air circulation, according to HGTV Front Door. Take into consideration how much sunlight they should be getting. Place them closer to the windows if they require sunlight. If they require little or no sun, be sure not to overexpose them to sunlight.
Moving Outdoor Plants – Digging up a plant can cause shock to its system if not done properly. However, with the right planning well in advance, you can minimize the potential for damage to the plant when removing it from the ground.  Visit the full article on SmartMove for more complete instructions on how to move outdoor plants from your old home to your new home.
Do's and Don'ts: Unpacking plants in your new home
After you’ve put all that effort into packing and transporting your plants, it's crucial that you unpack them properly to make sure they survive the transition. Since you've put a lot of effort into maintaining their health, it's worth providing special care to guarantee that they'll arrive at your new residence just as lush and lively.
  • Check the weather for the day of your move, as well as for any days you'll be traveling. Your plants could get damaged when left in your car or truck if temperatures are especially cold. To be safe, HGTV FrontDoor suggested moving the plants indoors to your hotel, motel or wherever you're staying and opening the cartons to give them some light. Or, if you're not traveling for more than a day or two, the source recommended leaving the car windows partially open.
  • Remove your plants from their boxes and take off any plastic covering as soon as you arrive so that they can breathe.
  • Time is of the essence when it comes to the wellbeing of your plants, so be prompt about unpacking them after moving.
  • It may be your instinct to take your plants out of the top of the box, but this is more likely to cause broken branches and leaves. Instead, Atlas Van Lines stresses that you should carefully remove them through the bottom of the box, which will allow you to handle the heaviest end first and avoid potential damage to the stem.
  • Don’t put your plants back in their original pots right away if you have transplanted them to plastic containers. Changing their location too abruptly could cause stress to their roots and stunt their growth. Let them acclimate for up to a week, and move them slowly from dimly lit areas to brighter sunlight.
  • Consider the conditions of your new surroundings. Observe how the differences in air and soil quality as well as the climate may affect your garden plants. If they are experiencing any new problems after you've transplanted them, consult local experts for advice about how to nourish and cultivate them better.
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