You cannot imagine your life without your beautiful plants. You even talk to them when you are down or feeling low. They listen and they keep you company. You cherish them and want to protect them at all costs. But it turns out that the packers and movers that you chose are not skilled at moving plants or loading and unloading pots. What do you do? Do not wait till the moving day. Either choose a moving company that has experience in relocating plants or follow the tips given in the section below:
1. Invest In The Right Packaging Materials
Yes. You need to invest in the right and sufficient amount of packaging for your plants. You can also ask the packers and movers to do it but remember to supervise the process. If you have moved your plants before, you are the only person who should make this purchase.
Make sure that the packaging material does not dry out your plants at all. It should be able to keep them hydrated and away from dust, dirt, pollutants, harsh sun, and strong gusts of wind throughout the move.
The foliage in your plants is going to be especially vulnerable if you are traveling by car. There are going to be bumps and delays also. So you need to keep your plants in top-notch condition. Make sure to keep your plants/soil a little damp and not wet at all.
2. Newspapers To The Rescue
Newspapers are very useful when you are trying to protect the foliage of your beautiful plants. If they have long and leafy foliage, they can get damaged when you are on the move. The ideal approach to take here is to wrap them up nicely and neatly with newspapers. You can use a simple cotton thread to tie the newspapers in place and keep them stable.
You can also use a little bit of tape to keep the covering from coming off. Just keep your plants away from harsh and direct sunlight to prevent over evaporation of water from their soil and plants. It is also going to prevent the stems and leaves from drying up while you are on your way to the new property.
3. Individual Pots, Please
If you find that some of your plants have grown bigger over the past few weeks and have become a lot more beautiful but a little difficult to manage, it is better to cut through and separate sections of the same. Plant them in different pots so that they can be transported easily to your new house. You should not have to face any difficulty on the moving day.
Individual pots are also easier to carry and you will find that loading and unloading them becomes faster and more efficient. You can always replant the different sections of the plant together in a single place once you have settled into your new house.
4. Does Labelling Help?
Labeling is going to help you out tremendously. Your moving company is also going to suggest you do the same. If you want to contain your plants or tiny shrubs in boxes and containers, keeping them labeled and clearly marked with a permanent marker is better. You will also have to make sure that the container has at least one or two holes for the air to pass in and out.
This is going to prolong the life of your plant. By labeling the boxes and containers it will become easier for you to figure out which plants need to be unloaded and unboxed before and which can wait a little longer.
5. Keep The Lids Open
If you want to place them inside containers and boxes and if you find that it is not easy for you to create holes or openings in them, keep the lids open. Your plants need a little bit of light and air to thrive when they are being transported. It is not a good idea to keep them in a dark area for an extended period of time. This is only going to result in unwanted damage. So it is better to expose them periodically to a little bit of air and sun whenever you get the time during the transit.
6. Choose Plant Locations Intelligently
When you have moved into your new house, it is better to choose locations for your plants very intelligently. You can ask for the assistance of the packers and movers as well to help you out with their placement. If you have a bunch of plants that can survive and thrive inside, do not put them out in the sun.
Whereas if you have a few shrubs and vines that need more sun and air than others, make sure to place them outside or perhaps in the garden area.
7. Remove The Flowers
This is going to be a little tough for you but it is essential when it comes to preserving the life of your plants. It might be a good idea to remove some of the fruits, flowers, and even buds from some of your plants before you transport them to your new house. Because these flowers and fruits have extra weight, they tend to cause the plant to bend in unnatural directions and may even lead to breakage when they are in transit.
8. Load Them Up With Fertilizers
Remember to add a suitable and adequate mix of fertilizers into the soil of every plant. Do not overdo it though. It has to be enough so that they can survive through the transition. Remember to trim them just a little bit so that they become easy to manage and place inside your vehicle.
If the branches and stems sway too far away from the main body of the plant, use a jute rope to tie together and keep them upright. Then you can use newspapers or other packaging to cover them efficiently protecting them from any probable damage.
It is never a good idea to take this task lightly. If you want to make sure that it is a smooth transition for not just your family but your plants as well, you will have to follow the tips given above. Go slow with your precious plants and keep them hydrated throughout. Do your research when it comes to investing in the right packaging for them and make sure to prune them regularly and also before the moving day. Happy moving!