Moving Plants

Moving Indoor Plants

Moving your house plants might be something you want to do yourself or have your gardener move to your new location for you. We can move your plants for you but it is preferred to have them already moved or moved once your moving is completed. Some house plants can be difficult to move and special knowledge and handling is required. They also use up a lot of valuable floor space on the trucks as they need their own floor space.

Here are a few tips to prepare your plants for the relocation.

Prune: A couple weeks before your move you will want to prune them. Consult a florist or even a plant book for instructions on your specific plants.

Debug: A week before your move your plants should be placed in a black plastic bag. You can use a bug/pest strip, a standard pet flea collar or bug powder to place inside the bag with the plant. Then close up the bag and place it in a cool area overnight. This should kill any pest that is on the plant or in the soil. Normally you can remove the next morning.
Packing plants: Place your plants in cardboard boxes they can be held in place with moistened paper towels, newspaper, packing paper or even some towels. Be sure to cut large holes for ventilation and air flow.  If you end up having to leave your plants behind you might want to consider taking some cuttings and place them in a plastic bag with some wet paper towels.

  
Transporting Your Plants: Your packed plants should be set aside and make sure they’re easily identified by the movers so they don’t accidentally get loaded into the moving van. During the transportation of your plants it will be important to shade your plants in the summer from the direct sunlight and in the winter allow them the direct sunlight.

Arrival: Your plants should be unpacked immediately upon arrival. The preferred method for removal is to remove them from the bottom of the box. This will help to avoid breaking off stems. Try to avoid direct sunlight initially and allow them to gradually become accustomed to more light.

Outdoor Plants

  • You will want to do your own research on your specific type of outdoor plants. They all have different needs and care instructions. Some will not recover from transplanting some will do just fine. It will be up to you to seek out professional advice.
  • Typically most bulbs can be dug up during their natural dormant season. Pack them in a mixture of loose dry peat moss and vermiculite to provide a lightweight and protective transport medium.
  • Seeds should be be gathered up and stored in an airtight container and stored in a dry cool area.
  • Keep all of your garden tools well maintained. Make sure your to sharpen your blades on your clippers and shears to get good clean cuts. You can use a file or a wet stone. You can also apply a thin coating of cooking oil to your garden tools to prevent them from rust and corrosion.
  • You might consider planting something new in your yard, or even inside your apartment. Plants absorb and filter out harmful greenhouse gases and provide us with fresher air. It would be a nice new addition to your new house or apartment. Check out our FAQ’s pages for greener moves in America.

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