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Quick Tips for Preparing Indoor and Outdoor Plants Before a Move

August 1, 2019

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House plants take curating and collecting, love and care. It’d be a shame to leave them behind during your move. Luckily, you don’t have to. With some preparation and planning, you can easily and safely transport your plants to your new home avoiding a complete upheaval of all your hard work. 

How to Prepare Your Plants for a Big Move  


Moving plants depends largely on the type of plants you have. Potted plants will be less work and preparation. Outdoor plants and larger indoor plants may take a bit more work. But if you’re determined to bring them with you, we have the tips to help. 


Also, as we mentioned in a previous post, most moving companies will not transport your plants for you. As a result, you’ll need to keep them with you in your personal vehicle. This isn’t a terrible thing because you will have full control of your plants temperature and environment. You can even stop to water them if needed on longer moves. 


Preparing your House Plants


Obviously, smaller plants will be the easiest to move. You can keep them in their current pots and move them to a box for safe keeping. We recommend packing the gaps with paper to prevent any unwanted movement or dirt loss. 


For larger houseplants that will not fit in a box, you may need to trim them down before moving so they can fit in your vehicle. Also, it the temperatures are cold, you should wrap the plants in newspaper or a protective material to keep them warm and prevent freeze damage. 


If your move is long, think of treating your plants like you would any other living creature. Bring them inside during stops and don’t leave them in the car overnight. Many plants are very sensitive to temperature changes and you’ll want to keep them as stable as possible.



Preparing your Outdoor Plants 


Outdoor plants take more work and preparation than pre-potted house plants. As a result, strongly consider leaving your outdoor plants behind to avoid any extra stressors during the moving process. 


For larger plants, it’s a good idea to trim them back before transporting them into your vehicle. This will make them easier to move and plant when you arrive at your new home. You will also want to water them to ensure that the plant and its roots are fully hydrated before leaving the ground. After watering, dig up the plants and leave plenty of dirt around the roots to keep as much of the plant intact as possible. 


For smaller plants, you can place the dirt and its roots in paper bags, allowing them to breathe. For larger plants and trees, wrap the roots and dirt in burlap and carefully place them in your personal vehicle. Some plants can live for a few weeks if they’re properly watered and their temperature is regulated. 


With that being said, you’ll want to replant them as soon as you can when you arrive at your new home to avoid any damage. 


If you have questions about your move or need help with the packing process, get in touch with our team. We’re here to help!

With that being said, you’ll want to replant them as soon as you can when you arrive at your new home to avoid any damage. If you have questions about your move or need help with the packing process, get in touch with our team. We’re here to help!
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