You’ve nurtured your house plants, enjoying their beauty and the way they contribute to a soothing, relaxing atmosphere in your home. Moving house plants to your new home, however, can be tricky, because they are sensitive to trauma, temperature fluctuations, light levels and air flow.
Here are four plant-moving tips to ensure each of your leafy friends and botanical buddies arrives bright and healthy at your new home.
1. Consult With Your Mover
Chat with your movers early in your move process to let them know how many plants you have and how big they are. Plants usually take more room (they can’t be crowded or stacked) and require special consideration on long journeys. Also inquire whether moving house plants is covered by insurance—it usually isn’t.
2. Check State Laws
If you are moving to a new state, check if there are laws or limits regarding what plants you can bring in with you. Some states restrict certain species or require pest inspections before moving house plants to a new location.
3. Pack Carefully
Plants should be carefully draped or wrapped in plastic or tissue paper and then packed into boxes. They should be among the last items packed, preferably no sooner than the day before moving. If they’re placed in boxes, make sure pots are secured snugly with packing materials so leaves and branches have sufficient room to breathe. Poke a few holes for air flow and mark the boxes clearly.
4. Control the Temperature
Transport plants in a temperature-controlled environment where you can keep an eye on them. Your own vehicle is probably your best bet. Just don’t put the plants in the trunk, where temperatures can change dramatically and pots can be spilled or crushed when the contents shift. In the passenger area, beware of delicate plants getting sunburned or stressed by intense heat if you leave the car closed. Also, if your move involves an overnight stay in a cold environment, make sure to bring your plants indoors.
Moving house plants shouldn’t threaten their livelihood or your happiness, so planning ahead makes all the difference.