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5 Tips for Moving Houseplants

Potted plants are wonderful to have displayed throughout the house. When it comes time to move, there’s a good chance you’ll want them to come with you to your new home. Moving houseplants requires a lot of work, but with these tips in mind, you’ll know exactly how to prepare them properly for your move and help them stay healthy as you travel.

    Tips for Moving Plants

  • Giving Care – As you would every day with your plants, they should be watered consistently in the days before your move, as well as on moving day itself. While it may be tempting to water them a little more than usual before storing them, make sure that you’re giving them the same amount you would every other day; overwatering your plants is a risk you never want to take.
  • Pruning – Moving plants can be a lot easier if you groom and prune them the day before moving. With less leaves, branches or flowers, the less likely anything on your plant will be damaged by the sides of a container or by turbulence during the move.
  • Container Selection – If you own any plants that are in clay or ceramic pots, it’s suggested that you replant them temporarily into plastic containers, if possible. The best container for storing potted plants is a cardboard moving box. For taller plants and small indoor trees, using a wardrobe box is effective for safe storage, with padding surrounding the plant’s holder with either crushed paper or a towel.
  • Protection – In addition to using crushed paper or towels around the base of your plants, you may also want to cover the tops of your plants with a plastic bag. If you encounter wind during your move, this will reduce the risk of damage greatly. If you’re using a cardboard box, be sure to create holes in the sides of the box to allow it enough air and sunlight to breathe in its confines. The night before, be sure to give it protection from insects and parasites by lightly spraying safe pesticide on and around the plants and its boxes. And, as you would with everything else, be sure that you label the plant’s boxes so that they can be easily identified while organizing everything else.
  • Transportation – The task of moving your plants may need to be handled by yourself on moving day. Because plants are considered perishable items, many movers are not allowed to handle them because of how fragile they can be. However, with the aforementioned protection given to your plant’s moving containers, it should be very easy to handle their transportation. Just be sure to leave them until the very end when packing items into your car so that they can be fit safely and comfortably away from heavier objects. Once you arrive in your new home, take them out before anything else and place them in their new space to let them breathe after their journey.

Moving your plants takes time and consideration, but is very much worth the effort, especially with ones you’ve owned and grown for years. We hope that our pointers make preparations easier for both you and your plants’ transition to your new plot!

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