Are you moving? One important friend is missing: your plants. Most houseplants can’t tolerate light fluctuations and temperature changes, as well as jostling. Many houseplants end-up on Craigslist or at the curb looking for a loving parent.
Moving large plants
It is possible to move even the largest plants. You’ve worked so hard to keep them healthy. It’s recommended to prepare your plants at least a week before the big move. This includes pruning off dead leaves and removing any weeds and pests from the soil. Finally, you should repot your plants in a lighter container (read: plastic) that won’t break during transit. This applies to trips that you and your plant will be taking together. Shipments, which are a safer, but still risky option, will require extra care.
It is equally important to ensure your plants arrive at their new homes intact. Plants that have been through the stress–and often the shock–of moving from an outdoor to an indoor environment will need time to adapt.
Our expert tips will help you safely move your plants. We also have some suggestions on what to do to help your plants settle in.
Keep an eye on them before you move
Refresh the soil first
Tiller states that you need to replace old soil with sterile new soil before moving. This will ensure that no bugs are crossing state lines or infesting the car during transport. To schedule an appointment with an approved examiner if your state requires certification, contact your local agricultural department. If required, they will give you the forms necessary to present at state borders. Water the plants two to three days before you move. The soil should be damp but not soggy. It is important to keep roots moist while on the move.
Pack them properly
Wrapping plants in kraft paper cones will protect them from the elements: heat, cold, sun, wind, and sunlight. Ivan Martinez, a Tula Plants & Design plant expert in New York, describes this method as “sleeving”. “Take a piece of craft paper, the width should be approximately the same height as the plant and wrap it to form a cone shape. The top should be slightly wider. To keep the shape, tape, or staple. Next, slide the plant into its container from the top of the cone. This will ensure that all stems and leaves are pushed upwards. He suggests that delicate plants like succulents and cacti be placed in a box. Then, cushion the space with bubble wrap and towels.
Keep Your Items Safely on the Road
Plants should be kept in the car with you. Tiller’s suggestion “We recommend that you place the trunk on the ground in the back seat, where it is a bit tighter and less likely to tip.” If the trunk is your last resort option, To prevent it from falling, make sure you have plenty of things around it.
Keep an eye out for them during the move
If it is warm, you can stop in shaded areas periodically and open a window to allow in the fresh air. In colder conditions, keep the car at a comfortable temperature. Avoid exposing plants to direct sunlight and too strong winds. You can bring your plants inside if you stop at hotels on the route. This will ensure that they aren’t affected by extreme temperatures. Tiller warns that you should not crush any leaves or branches. Otherwise, anything could fall on it.
Use a Dolly
This is an idea that we borrowed from P.E. class. The scooters you used to ride around on can now be your back support. You can place a large potted tree on the top and roll it around whenever you need
it. As the seasons change, you can also move it to a different spot or to a new location. The non-marking rubber wheels of this scooter won’t scratch gym floors or hardwood floors.
Tend to them after the move
Make it a priority to tend to your plants once you arrive at your destination. Unwrap and water as soon after arriving as possible. Give them time to adjust to the shock of moving. You may notice that some of them might lose their leaves or wilt, but this is usually a temporary defensive reaction that should disappear once you settle in.