Moving is already pretty stressful, especially when you include plants in the mix. Moving houseplants from one house to another adds a level of difficulty to your move, but it’s well worth the trouble. Remember that plants are a living organism, so moving can be stressful for them too. You must take special precaution to make sure your plants make it to your new home safely. At On The Go Moving, we have helped countless families relocate with their plants, so we created a guide to help you pack and move your leafy friends safely and efficiently.

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What to Do Before Your Move

There are a few steps you will need to take before you move or pack your plants. This will reduce the amount of stress your plants go through and will make the packing and moving chores easier.
Repot Your Plants

If your plants are resting in heavy pots and planters, repot them to light plastic pots before your move. This will make them lighter when it’s time to load and unload your moving truck. Make sure you do it a couple of weeks before you move to give your plant time to adjust to its new setting before moving it around.

Check If Plants Have Insects Or Parasites

The last thing you want is for your plant to transport any pests, parasites, or diseases that can spread to other plants in your new home. Check your plants for any insects, pests, parasites, or signs of diseases like withering leaves or mold about one week before you move. If you see signs any you will have a chance to treat it for the disease or pest before moving day.

Prune Large Plants

Bigger plants pose a bigger challenge, so you need to be extra careful with them. Prune larger plants to remove all dead leaves, unnecessary branches, and to reduce their size at the time of the move. If your plant is pruned properly, it will grow lush and healthy after your move.

Don’t Use Insecticides On Your Plants

You should not use any insecticides on your plants for at least one week prior to moving. Insecticides can leave residue, and if it makes contact with eyes or skin, can cause severe irritation. The last thing you want is for you, or one of the movers you bring in, to touch a plant and rub their eyes. Yikes!

Water Your Plants as You Usually Do

Water your plants as you usually do until 2 days before your move. If you have a relatively short trip, there should be enough moisture for your plant to survive. If you have a long journey ahead with several stops, you may want to water them lightly around halfway through your journey.

Check Regulations

You need to consider any and all regulations that apply to your move. If you are crossing State, and sometimes even County lines, you need to observe transportation laws for certain types of plants. If there are regulations you need to clear, you can label your plant pots with your name, old and new address, botanical name of your plant, and other details to make the process faster.

Packing Your Houseplants

Once you have repotted your plants appropriately (at least two weeks before), it’s time to start packing.

  • Find boxes big enough to fit a few pots at a time.
  • During winter months, line the inside of the box with newspaper, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, towels, or fabric to insulate it.
  • During summer months, keep the plants out of direct sunlight and watch high temperatures.
  • Secure shrubs by enclosing the top with plastic or newspaper. Poke holes in the plastic or newspaper to allow the plant to breathe.
  • Place plants last in your moving truck, and be prepared to take them out first.
Transporting Your Plants

Once your plants are safely packed away, it’s time to think about moving them. If you only have a few plants, and you’re moving a short distance, you may consider taking them in your own vehicle. Your car is climate controlled, which will reduce stress levels for your plants. If you are taking your plants in your own car, you may want to put old towels or blankets on your back seats, and then place the boxes that carry your plants. Avoid putting your plants in your trunk because it’s not climate controlled, doesn’t have fresh air, and increases the chances of spillage.

If your plants are too big, and you’re placing them inside of a moving truck, hire a moving company that has climate controlled vehicles. Check with your moving company beforehand to make sure they transport plants. Some companies have policies against moving plants, so you need to be careful. Place your plants last in the moving truck, and take them out first. Water your plants once you get to your new house, and give them a week to settle in before repotting them in heavier pots.

Transporting plants may be a hassle, but you can always turn to professional moving and packing service providers for assistance. At On The Go Moving, we provide quality moving services to help you relocate your plants, and all your other belongings into your new home. Contact On The Go Moving today for a free estimate. Give us a call at 206.429.4045 or fill out our online contact form. Give us a call today!