How do I move my plants?

Your home looks like a greenhouse. There are plants everywhere you turn. You are the best plant parent ever. But now, you are moving and you don’t know how to move your plants. Most people wouldn’t understand how important your plants are in this process, but we do.

Plant moving can be tricky, but there are ways to make sure your leafy friends are well taken care of.

Check out these tips to find out the best way to move plants.

Preparing Your Plants for the Move

First, you sit them down and tell them there will be some changes. Just kidding. (Although if you talk to your plants, don’t stop now!) Keep taking care of them the way you have been, keeping the same watering schedules and such. If your plants are able to fit in your vehicle, make sure you skip watering them a couple days before you move, up until you get to your new home. You’re not going to want mud dripping in your car. Check your plants for any pests they may have, and prune any dead or dying leaves in preparation for the journey. You will also want to put your plants into plastic pots, if they are not already in some.

How to Move Plants Cross Country

  • If you can, place your plants in the vehicle in or near seats, buckled if necessary. For smaller plants, place their pots in an open box and buckle them in. Don’t put your plants in the trunk—though we probably didn’t have to tell you that.
  • Just like any family member needing a pit stop, your plants need a break too. Mist them with some water and make sure they are situated for light. Car windows can intensify sunlight, so consider a baby shade if you have a plant that’s especially sensitive to direct sunlight.
  • Put your plants in a good area as soon as you arrive in your new place. Water them and inspect for any damage too.

Best Way to Move Large Potted Plants

If you have a massive plant that will require some help, make sure you use an appliance dolly to transport your Seymour-like friend. Ask for help when putting it in your vehicle, and make sure your plant will clear the top of your car or van! Bubble wrapping the pot will help it remain in one piece along the way. A bungee cord will help keep it in once place while you move.

Best Ways to Move House Plants

When getting ready for plant moving, preparation is essential:

  • Your plant may be affected by the heating/cooling from your car. Close or tilt away any vents near where your plant will be.
  • Use a bed sheet or other breathable material to wrap around your plant, be sure it’s not too tight. Ask at your local greenhouse if they have any tips for this. You want to make sure your plant makes it to your new home without any damage.

Will Movers Move Plants?

Unfortunately, most professional movers will not move plants. Some companies may if the distance is less than 150 miles, and the move is within the same state. Double-check with your moving company. If you need anything else moved out-of-state, we can take care of you. Because we are an agent of National Van Lines we are capable of taking your move anywhere you need! And watch out for fraudulent movers; don’t be a victim of a moving scam!

Plants and Moves: Tough Decisions

As much as you want to bring every plant with you, you probably know that you may have to leave plants behind. Check with your local greenhouse if it’s possible to take a cutting from your plant to propagate it at your new home. If you are leaving family, friends, and/or coworkers you will miss, consider giving your larger, more cumbersome plants to them. It’s a great way to make sure your plants are taken care of, and it makes a wonderful gift to a loved-one who you will miss and will miss you. If you don’t have anyone to take your plants, check with local businesses, nursing homes, schools or nurseries. Plants are a treasure, and just because you’re moving doesn’t mean your plant will be forgotten!

Knowledgeable Movers

Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage is a reputable, professional moving company that will put you at ease about your upcoming move. Contact them for a free moving quote by clicking here or give them a call at (800) 759-0505