Whether you’re a fool for a fern, have a green thumb, or are just an ordinary Easter Lily lover, you’re very likely to have a plant in your house. Now when a relocation comes up, they’re usually either neglected or totally forgotten.
You are not dealing with the mere relocation of your patio benches. Plants are living beings that deserve to be treated with care, especially during a situation as crazy as a moving. If you actually care about them just follow these few guidelines and they will arrive at your new home safe and sound.
Some Pointers to Keep in Mind
1) If you’re relocating to a brand-new state in the US, particularly California, Arizona, Florida, or Oregon, double- and triple-check your new state’s guidelines. Shockingly, some states have hard-boiled guidelines on the kinds of plants that you can bring with you, and numerous typical home plants are on the “no” list. And if you’re considering shirking the law because ‘who is going to find out, anyhow?’, understand that the majority of these states (California in specific) will stop a moving truck and check for plants at the border.
2) Most moving businesses, whether they’re regional movers or across the country moving businesses, will not move your home plants. Some will, but will not cover any damage that may take place throughout packaging, filling, transit, or delivery.
3) The Gypsy Moth, which feeds voraciously on foliage, is an increasing issue in the United States. We suggest that you proactively deal with all your home plants in order to get rid of the Gypsy Moth prior to relocating to help avoid their spread.
Materials you will Need to Pack your Plants
- Heavy 10lb. Loading Paper or Newsprint.
- PLASTIC (not ceramic) Planting Pots. One for every single home plant.
- Wrapping paper.
- Tough Moving Boxes.
Preparing your Plants for the Move
3 Weeks Before your Move.
Repot all your plants into plastic pots of the very same size as the initial pot utilizing disinfected potting soil (you can get this at any house enhancement shop or garden center).
1 Week Before your Move.
Prune all your plants. This helps keep the plant healthy while it withstands the tension of the move.
Day of your Move (or the Night Before).
1) Wrap big plants carefully with an old bedsheet or with loading paper. This helps safeguard vulnerable branches from snapping throughout the move.
2) For taller plants, pack the pot with sphagnum moss and after that cover the pot with stretch wrap. This will enable you to carry the plant on its side without spilling potting soil all over.
3) Place smaller sized plants inside a regular moving box, and fill the voids in between the pots (as much as the rim of the pot) with “dunnage”– crumpled packaging paper or newsprint, foam, or bubble wrap.
4) Cut airshafts in packages and (if you need to) tape the top of package loosely. Even over a period as brief as an hour, lack of oxygen can significantly hurt your plants.
5) Plants are vulnerable to temperature level modifications. If possible, keep them in a regulated environment the whole time (the A/C in your cars and truck is ideal for this). On longer relocations, do not leave your plants in your lorry overnight– bring them into your hotel with you.
6) When you come to your brand-new house, bring your plants inside initially, prior to doing anything else. Your plants have actually sustained a fair bit of tension (you most likely have too!), so get some water for the both of you.
If you would like to read more about packing and labeling for your next move in general, check out this great packing guide.