Moving and Packing Tips

Moving With Plants: Best Way to Prepare Your Plants For a House Move

The big day has been established and you are now looking forward to moving into your new, hopefully, dream home. You start going over your checklist and reach the part about your lovely houseplants: alive, sensitive and very fragile. But how can you go about transporting your plants? As you yourself will need to prepare for the move so will they. Give them the needed help before you go, so you can make sure your plant friends have a comfortable trip to your new home and make it there safe.

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This post is for you if you are someone who:

  • will be moving house
  • has a variety of potted plants you need to prepare for a move
  • has a garden you would like to relocate to your new home

Preparing your plants for the move

Before you even think of loading up your plants to transport them anywhere, you should take some steps to help them through the ride.

  • Check your plants for pests

It is always a good idea to check your plants for any unwanted insects that might have invaded them. Having troubles spotting them? Check out how to make a difference between plant pests

This will, at one hand, prevent any unwanted visitors from hitching a ride to your new home and will also prevent the infestation from spreading among any of your other healthy plants in the process of moving. If you find any bugs, make sure to deal with them before you start packing and moving your plants.

  • Clear any dried foliage and prune your plants

This is good in the sense of refreshing your houseplants by removing all those breakable, thinned out stray leaves and branches. But by doing this, you will also reduce the space needed when you load up your plants in the removals van. Plus this way, the chances of potential damage, while on the move, is significantly reduced as you are leaving the strong healthy parts of the plant.

  • Watering your plants

You need to take good care of your plants and give them the needed amounts of water, as well as feed them if required. But be mindful when watering them on the day you plan to move the plants. You don’t want to overdo it as they will become very heavy and it is also possible for water to leak out, making a mess. Note that if you are moving your houseplants in the colder days or even winter, you want to stop watering them a couple of days before the move, as combining the shock from the cold temperatures and having moist soil will not do any good for your plants’ roots.

  • Cutting plants

It is not rare these days for us to be taking care of a precious garden filled with plants that often hold sentimental value or are, maybe, rare and we have altogether put a lot of work into them to flourish. Moving the whole plant may sometimes prove very difficult or even impossible depending on its age. But you sure can move your garden plants with you by taking cuttings from the ones you wish to keep and relocate in your new home’s garden.

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Be mindful of the temperature during the move

Consider the fact that your houseplants have been living a big part of their lives in the comfort of your home. Yes, your garden plant cuttings, having been exposed to the elements, will be less pretentious. But you may want to consider helping your houseplants adapt quicker during the move by turning on the air-con or taking other steps to warm up the space, in which you will transport your plants. Try to keep the temperature as comfortable as possible for your little pretties. Most houseplants do perfectly fine in the range of 15-24°C.

Packing your plants for moving the correct way and what materials you will need

There is a wide variety of packing materials that can aid you in the process of packing your plants for moving, however, using sturdy boxes is always a good start. When moving large potted plants, you would like to pack them individually, whereas small potted ones, you can box together. Don’t forget to secure them by filling any gaps between them with old cloths or newspaper, so they don’t move around while being transported.

You can also consider repotting some of your larger plants in plastic pots during the move. This will reduce the weight a lot in comparison to leaving the plant in its original terracotta pot.

Other than that, you can also further protect the overground part of the plant by making a paper sleeve and securing it around the pot base with some ties. Feel free to stuff some paper or bubble wrap scraps inside the formed sleeve to further secure the leaves and branches against breakage. Be careful and leave enough breathing room for the plant.

As for your precious plant cuttings you have collected from your garden, wrap these in some damp towels and put them in plastic bags to prevent any moisture from seeping through. You can then carefully arrange them in a box. Make sure not to cut off their access to air. Do not completely close off the plastic bags. If possible, leave the box open or punch in some holes. Your plants will thank you!

Consider the space your plants will need for the move

Make sure to do your best to get a proper idea of how much space will be needed to move your houseplants, so you are able to pick out the proper transportation vehicle. You most certainly don’t want to end up with your plants jammed in a corner one over the other.

If you have arranged for a service provider to help you with the move, take the time to discuss in detail the dimensions of the vehicles they offer. Be as detailed as possible when providing them with your lists for the move, so they can help accordingly for a smooth move.

Strategy and placement

You would want to make sure your plants are the last thing you load up when moving and the first thing to be unloaded when you arrive at your destination. Do your best to support them properly, so they don’t have too much wiggle space and tip over, while on the move.

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Welcome your plants to their new home

So the move has passed with flying colours and you and your plants are in your new home. Although now, you’ll have a lot on your plate, doing all the unpacking and organising all your items in your new home, you should take care of your plants, first.

Tend to the needs of each of your plant cuttings accordingly. For some of your cuttings, you will be able to get away with just dipping them in water to root. Others, however, will require to be planted in soil, in order to develop into a healthy plant.

Be mindful of the sunlight preference of each plant when finding a new place for them and this goes for your houseplants, too. Worry not if at the beginning some of the plants experience some minor withering. It is normal after being moved to a new place.

Just look after them and pay attention to how they are doing. If needed, change their spot a few times in your new home until you find their happy place. They will be flourishing again in no time!

Takeaways:

  • Plants are living, fragile beings and will need extra care when you prepare them for a move
  • Going the extra mile when packing your plants is always a good thing
  • Pack and handle with care, your plants will be thankful to you
  • Different plants will have different needs when being relocated – listen to them

We know how stressful and hectic a move can be, even with weeks of planning ahead put into it. Transporting your whole life to a new place and having to take care of another life on the go adds up to it even more. We hope we were able to take at least some weight off your shoulders with our tips.

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