How to Move Plants
Moving to a new home is an exciting experience. You take great care in packing to make sure all of your possessions arrive intact. Of course, you want to do the same with your plants. Before packing them up for a move, keep in mind that special care should be taken so they are healthy when they arrive at your new destination.
If you are moving out of state, check with the new state’s department of natural resources to see if there are any limitations on the plants you can transport. Some states require a Gypsy Moth Inspection Certificate prior to transporting the plants. Many states require that you grow your plants in potting soil that is sterilised and not soil that is dug up from outdoors. (domestic quarantine rules for plants)
Preparing for the Move
Approximately three weeks before moving day, you will begin preparing your plants for the move. If you have plants that are in breakable containers, repot them into containers that are non-breakable. Make sure the containers are roughly the same size.
Two weeks before the move, prune any plants by pinching back new growth. Some plants like succulents do not respond well to pruning. A week before the move, check the plants for bugs. You want to treat these plants prior to the move so you aren’t transporting the bugs with you.
Taking extra care to properly pack your plants on the day of the move, or even the night before, will help to ensure that they arrive at their new home unscathed. When packing plants for the move:
- Do not put your plants in a moving van. Lack of sunshine and fresh air could be harmful to your plants. The best way to transport the plants to your new destination is to take them in your car so they are in a temperature controlled environment.
- Wrap larger plants in tissue paper or in an old sheet to prevent breakage.
- After they are wrapped, place containers in a carton or moving box. Poke holes in the sides of the box so the plant can breathe.
- Place newspaper in the bottom of the boxes to secure the containers and keep them from tipping over in the car.
- Place the lid of the carton on loosely so the plants can breathe.
- Put the cartons in the backseat of the car as opposed to the trunk if possible.
- If you are traveling a long distance, expose your plants to light. This may require periodic removals of the cartons from your car.
- If the weather is extremely hot, you should crack windows when you have to make a stop. Try to give your plants periods of shade throughout the trip. If the temperature is freezing, do not let the inside of the car become too cold or it could harm the plants.
When you arrive at your new destination, remove the plants from the cartons as soon as possible so they can become acclimated to their new home. Take care when removing them from the cartons so stems and branches do not break.
Allow the plants to acclimate to their new surroundings without removals from room to room for the first several days.
By Corey K (follow me on Google Plus)