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How To Move Your House Plants Safely

Moving doesn’t mean that you have to leave your house plants behind.  Here are some tips on how to make sure your house plants make it safely to your new home.

Preparation

Most professional moving services are experienced in moving house plants and are happy to do so, although it is worth checking with them ahead of time.  If necessary, you could always take the plants with you in your car, rather than leaving them on the moving van.

You can limit potential damage to larger plants during the rigors of moving by pruning them.  Remove any large leaves or stems that might easily be torn or broken in transit.  This also makes it easier to fit the plants into protective packing boxes.

If your plants live in heavy pots, transfer them to plastic ones.  This not only makes the plants lighter and easier to move, it also reduces the chances of your nice terracotta pots being broken in transit.

During the Move

Pack your plants up last.  Being cooped up in the front of a hot van will do them no good at all; you want to keep their time in the van and in transit to a minimum. 

Little plants can be packed into cardboard packing boxes, clearly labelled ‘this end up’.  Put a plastic liner in the bottom of the box to absorb any dampness from the pots to prevent the cardboard from becoming weak. Pack the spaces between the pots with balled-up newspaper or cloths.  This will stop the plants from falling over and will prevent the pots from banging together.

Taller plants that are more prone to damage can be packed into wardrobe boxes.  Remember to punch a few air holes into the boxes to provide the plants with a good air supply.  Label the boxes so that the moving company knows they contain fragile, live plants. 

Settling In

Your plants should be one of the first things that you unpack when you arrive at your destination.  A good tip for unpacking is to open the bottom of the box and pull it up and away from the plants, instead of trying to lift the plants out of the box.  This will avoid breaking any leaves or branches against the sides of the box or with your arms.

Give all the plants a good drink before repotting them into their original containers.  When finding a new spot for your plants in your new home, always try to find a similar spot to their original location.  You may find that you need to move plants into better light or out of drafts over the weeks following your move.

Once the plants have recovered from their journey, they should settle in just fine!

 

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