You must be nervous about doing this. You haven’t moved your plants to a different location ever before. This is going to be as challenging for them as it is for you. But an even more challenging part is keeping them safe in transit. But before that, another hurdle that you are going to face is packing them the right way. How are you going to do it all? How to move a potted plant without breaking it? How do you even take them out of your balcony or kitchen garden? By following the tips given below. Let’s begin:
1. Schedule Your Move On Time
It is crucial to call the packers and movers and pick the right time for the move. By then you must prepare your plants and protect them with enough coverings and padding for the transit.
2. Trim Your Plants Before Anything
You will also have to trim a few of their leaves, branches, vines, and twigs if necessary. If you think that there are a few vines that have grown in length and are making it difficult to manage the plant, trim them right away. It will also make it easier for you to transfer them into the vehicle.
3. Uproot And Repot Them If Necessary
There will be a few plants that are heavy and quite large. You will have to uproot them and transfer them into plastic containers along with their soil. This will make it easier to transfer them. Make sure that you repot them the moment you move into your new house without wasting any time.
4. Water The Plants
It is also important to water your plants just as you would on any regular day. Just make sure that you do not overdo it. This is because eventually, you will be transferring them either to a new plastic pot or to your vehicle. You don’t want any unexpected leakages and mess.
5. Plants Always Go Last
It is always better to place your plants in the moving vehicle in the end. This way you will be able to take them out and set them up in your new house immediately. This also prevents them from getting damaged because they will be the first thing you move which means they are not going to get in the way of any heavy furniture pieces or other cargo items. Try to transport your potted plants and especially the delicate ones in your own vehicle.
6. Moving Plants Across Town
If you are moving to your new home within the same city or state, it becomes a lot easier to transfer them. If the distance is not that long, you can pack them in open boxes. Make sure that you cushion the pots on their sides with enough newspapers and bubble wrap. Just put your plants in your car and head to your new home.
7. How To Manage Tall Plants?
The most practical tip to pack and transfer your tall plants is to trim them first. If any branches cannot be trimmed, make sure to wrap them up nicely with plastic. Tie the plastic wrap with a string or tape. Just carry the plant in your car and make sure that you do not lose any potting mix and make a mess of your vehicle.
8. Moving Your Plants In The Winter
Yes, if you are moving your plant in the cold weather, it can get a little complicated. You will have to wrap your plants with newspapers before you load them up. Extended exposure to cold winds and unfavorable temperatures might damage them. So it is better to transfer them to your vehicle and get done with the move as soon as possible.
9. Choose The Right Materials To Pack Them
This goes without saying. The best way to transport fragile and delicate plants is to make use of lightweight packing material. You can also use a spray flask to water these plants without wetting the soil at all. If you intend to transfer them yourself, make sure to use enough protective material to prevent their leaves and branches from getting damaged.
10. Traveling Long Distances With Your Plants
This can be a little tricky because you will have to make sure that your plants survive for not just a few hours but probably a whole day or a little more than that. Remember to maintain a decent temperature for your plants in whatever transit vehicle you choose for them. It should neither be too hot nor too cold. Leave the car’s windows slightly open to make sure that excess moisture gets out and your plants can breathe.
11. Thinking About Getting Your Plants Shipped?
You may choose to go down this road but then it means a lot less control and supervision. If you have sturdy or evergreen plants at your home, maybe this choice will be more practical for you.
12. Always Invest In Shatter-Proof Pots
This is the best way to transport plants. You should always invest in plastic pots and nothing else. Ceramic and clay pots are not going to cut it because they are just too heavy and not at all practical.
13. Always Remove Dead Leaves
This is also a very useful tip. Once you have removed any dead branches or leaves, you may not have to trim the green leaves of your plants at all. Just removing any dead leaves and branches can reduce the size of your plants significantly making them very easy to transport.
14. Check For Any Infestation
Remember to check your plants for any pests, insects, and parasites. This is very vital because if you are thinking of moving your plants in your own vehicle, you don’t want those insects and larvae to find a breeding ground inside your seat covers.
15. In The End, Label Your Boxes
In case you decide to make separate cardboard boxes for your plants, it is necessary to label them correctly. You must label them “fragile” in a big and thick font. Make sure to label which side goes up and which side goes down. And as mentioned above, always keep them right in the end when you are done placing the rest of your cargo in the moving vehicle.
16. Find A Spot After You Have Moved In
Now it is time to report them and/or find the most appropriate spot for your potted plants. Find a place where there is enough sunlight and air. Make sure that the spot is easily accessible when you want to water them or change their soil or replace their mulch.
Now go ahead. You’re all set. Now you know very well how to move your plants when moving house. All the best!
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