How to move outdoor and indoor plants

How to move outdoor and indoor plants

For those who are intending to take outdoor and/or indoor plants with them when they relocate to a new home, a little bit of preparation and forward planning can pay off in a big way.  The great majority of us really enjoy having plants in and around our home and after taking care of them for many years, you will most likely want to take your favorite outdoor and most loved indoor plants with you upon your relocation.  This is, of course, perfectly possible, and there are a few tips to help you make the transition as simple and smooth as possible.

A week or two before you move, you should make sure that the moving company you are using is able to move plants.  A number of moving companies will not move plants for insurance (and other regulations) reasons, especially if the move is a long way.  This is because plants are perishable living things that require air, comfortable temperatures and light, which means that there is a very high risk of them being damaged or even dying in the process of moving.  If your moving company is unable to move them then you will have to arrange to do it yourself.  If you are moving to another country then you will also have to check out the regulations surrounding the importation of plant life.

Another good tip is to transplant plants that are in clay pots into unbreakable plastic containers.  This not only makes them easier to move but also protects the expensive pot and the plant itself.  Plant food and potting compost will offer the best chance of survival to your plant.  Plant and soil should be checked for mildew, insects or any sort of disease, and then treated appropriately in order to prevent further contamination at your new abode.  Large shrubs and plants should be pruned to make them more compact and easier to move.

One or two days prior to moving day, you should take cuttings of any of your favorite outdoor plants that you are not going to be able to take with you.  Wrap them in moss, newspaper or wet peat, and then pack them in a crate or plastic box in an upright position.  Cuttings should be able to survive traveling for a couple of days.  Plants should also be thoroughly watered.

On moving day itself, plants should be left until near to last to make sure that they do not get crushed and spend too long in a tight space.  Leaving them until last also means that they will be the first things to be taken out of the moving truck when it reaches its destination.  Small plants can be packed in cardboard boxes that have been lined with plastic bags; use old newspaper to make sure that they stay upright at all times.  Taller and larger plants can be packed in big, tall boxes such as wardrobe cartons.