How do you keep your plants whole and healthy during a move?
It comes as a surprise to most people when they find out that a moving company will usually refuse to move their houseplants. Like pets, plants are living organisms so you wouldn’t want to pack them away in a moving van, even if the moving company offers to move them!
Depending on how far they need to travel, things could get stuck in the moving van for hours on end. Depending on the season, that could result in extreme hot or cold conditions in the van, conditions that could be fatal for your beloved plants. So, it’s best to take care of them yourself, or give them away to your friends before your move.
Because they’re so fragile, it’s also best to pack them last.
Here are some tips on how best to move your Houseplants safely:
Check local regulations:
If you’re moving down to the USA, there are certain state regulations that prohibit the import of certain plants due to the spread of pests and diseases. So be sure to check with the local regulations to see if you’re even allowed to bring in foreign plants.
Repot your plants
If your plants are in heavy ceramic pots, then consider repotting them into lighter plastic pots for easier transport. This will make it easier for you to carry them and also allow you to properly pack your other pots so they don’t break during the move.
Spray some insecticide on your plants before you leave
Just because you want to move your plants, doesn’t mean you also want to move any insects or other bad infestations that could be present on them! Do a thorough check of your plants for diseases or pests. Even if you see no evidence of them, it’s a good idea to spray a little insecticide on the plants before you move to ensure you don’t bring along any unwanted critters to your new house.
Use bubble wrap or old sheets
If possible, place your plants in boxes that are tall enough to cover them. Then utilize enough bubble wrap or old sheets to cushion them inside the box so they don’t move around too much. Leave the tops of the boxes open if possible to allow maximum airflow and poke some holes along the side of the boxes too in case you do have to close the lids
Wrap long vines
If you have a plant with long vines, be sure to gently wind the vines up and place them on top of the pot so they don’t get ripped or snagged during the move
Wrap leafy plants in plastic
Think of how flowers are wrapped when you buy them from the store. In the same way, you can wrap your leafy plants up in plastic or wrapping paper to protect them. Start at the base of the pot and wrap the paper/plastic around so it forms a cone shape around the top of the plant. Be sure to leave quite a lot of space around the leaves.
Secure your plants in the car
Make sure none of your plants will tip over during the drive. You may want to put some plastic underneath your plants to catch any dirt that may spill out or water seepage. The best way to ensure your plants are secure is to pack other items firmly around the base of each plant so they won’t fall over.
Don’t leave plants in the car
Don’t leave your plants in the car for longer than you need to. Your plants could be exposed to extreme temperatures if left unattended in the car for hours, which could result in irreparable damage to your plants. In the same vein, it’s also important to maintain a stable temperature in the car while you’re driving.
Be sure to think about the environmental conditions of your new home. Is the humidity different? Is the climate drastically different from your old place? These are factors to consider when helping your plants to acclimatize to their new home. Try not to immediately re-pot or move your plants once you’ve found a spot for them in your new home.
With all these tips, we hope you’re able to have a successful move with happy, healthy plants!