Moving into a new home or apartment across the city or relocating to a different US state means getting ready to plan a lot of things. Ranging from the packing supplies and boxes to actually deciding what items you would like to relocate, finding the best moving companies and figuring out any temporary storage solutions are just a few of the aspects that will most likely take over your thoughts. If you are getting ready to relocate your indoor and/or outdoor plants, you will need to tackle a new set of thoughts and worries: how will you manage to safely transport your small plants with zero or minimum damage risks? Let’s find out together!
Tips For Moving Small Apartment Plants
If you plan on moving your small house plants to your new home, you will need to pay some extra attention to the way you will pack and secure them into your car. Plants in ceramic pots can easily break in the moving process, especially if you do not have any experience moving plants. One good idea to try is to try to only wrap the pot and leave the plant with no wrapping on it or instead try to bring all the pots close to one another, if you do not have any time to handle the pot wrapping. Out the plants in a single wooden or cardboard box and leave the lid wide open so you can minimize the damage. At the same time, by doing this, you will always know exactly where your plants are during the packing and avoid further tripping incidents.
We also warmly advise you to pack your precious and fragile plants last and make sure to put them on top of your other packed moving boxes. If possible place your plant boxes in the front seat and take advantage of your vehicle’s cooling options to keep the right temperature fr them during the ride. If you will be moving during the winter on freezing temperatures, see that you use the heating options instead.
Use The Right Padding For Moving Plants
Use newspaper padding for the wooden or cardboard boxes, provided you wish to have the movers transport the plants for you. You can also use paper padding for the top of the plants if they are more fragile. Keep in mind some of the best rated cross country movers might refuse to relocate your plants because they are considered too vulnerable and risky and they do want to take the chance. If you do come across a reliable mover that will accept to move your plants, see that you carefully label the boxes as fragile and always label the UP side of all the boxes, so there are no mistakes and misunderstandings.
You could opt to mail a snake plant or any type of hanging plant that is considered more resistant. However, pay attention to fragile plants like orchids that tend to break quickly. If you plan a cross-country, out of state or international move, the risks of damage are, needless to say, a lot higher, provided you will choose to have the plants mailed to your new home or commercial establishment.
How To Move Large Apartment Plants
Similar to moving small apartment plants, moving your large plants will require some preparation and know-how. We strongly recommend you to use duct tape to tape the cardboard over the plants’ soil to prevent it from spilling all over the car during transportation. A tall plant will usually result in a broken root or a tilted body, so you should seriously consider having these damaged plants planted once again as soon as you will reach your new address.
Again, use newspaper to pad the plant pots to prevent scratching and breaking. If your plants are simply too big to fit inside the car, see that you at least do not place other bulky and heavy boxes near or on top of them and risk more damage. What could work is trying to bind together some of the hanging parts of the plants with the help of twine so they can stay as intact as possible during the move.
Take some time a few weeks before the big move and prepare your plants for the big move. Get rid of all the dead leaves and falling branches and dust them off, shower them, water them and eliminate all weeds and pests.
You could also move them in plastic flower pots so they are easier to carry. Finally, remember to keep a close eye on the temperatures that your plants will be traveling in. Bring the plants inside the hotel room you plan on spending the night in on your way to your new address.
For best results, always work with expert movers for long distance moves to limit the damages as much as possible.