One of the trickiest parts of moving may be something you haven’t even thought about yet; how are you going to move your plants? You can pack everything else in bubble wrap and place it into the appropriate box, but you wouldn’t do that with anything living like the pets. That means that you need a game plan for your living plants. Even a fake plant is going to be a challenge to move without damaging it’s complex and intricate structure. When you are concerned about the stress a move will have on your plants, use these seven tips to make sure moving your house plants is done right.
Open boxes work for a short move
For a shorter move that is just going from one part of town to another, you can simply store your house plants in open boxes. That way, your drive across town won’t be too hard on your plants and they can remain in place by good cushioning on the sides with newspaper. Put your plants in the car or have someone hold them until you arrive at your new house. This will be simple ad it will allow you to bring in your beautiful plants first into the new space.
They can be shipped by land or air
Are you moving across the country or even to a new country? Shipping by land or air is another possibility for you. Shipping your plants will be expensive and there is no guarantee that your plants will arrive safe and sound. For a long distance move, you may want to choose a few favorite plants to be shipped or moved by you, but plan to purchase new plants when you arrive at your new house.
Staying at room temperature is important
If you or a moving service is going to take on the task of moving your plants, keep in mind that your plants are used to your home’s room temperature all year round. Make sure the move isn’t going to happen in which your house plants are being exposed to really strong hot or cold temps. For cold temperatures in the winter, make sure you wrap your plants in newspaper before loading them because a few seconds in the extreme chill will injure your plants. Most people load plants into the car through the garage to avoid this.
If boxing them, cushion them appropriately
Just like you would do in an open box, any box that you place your plants in need to be cushioned appropriately. That means cushioning on the sides of the plants to avoid movement inside. Use newspaper and other packing supplies to ensure your plants are not going anywhere even inside of the box or in the event that the box tips over.
Keep movement minimal
Speaking of tipping over, it’s important that there is minimal movement during the plant’s ride to your new home. Keep movement minimal during the move in order to protect the plant. Try to get your plant from its original place, to the vehicle, and then into its new spot in the home without any other movement involved.
Vehicle transportation requires extra attention
If possible, have someone hold the plant or keep it steady on the floor during a moving in your vehicle. Long distance travel will be a challenge, especially if you have overnight stops planned. You don’t want your plants getting too hot or cold, so be sure to crack the windows if you’ll be leaving the car for more than an hour. Provide water for your plant and consider packing your tall plants with sphagnum moss to make sure the potting mix doesn’t get out.
Use a trusted moving service for expert care
The best advice is to call The Professionals Moving Specialists to ensure you have the proper boxes, cushioning, and packing and unpacking services at your disposal. Being experienced in residential moves, they will be able to ensure a safe move for your favorite plants.
These seven tips will ensure that moving your house plants will be as painless as everything else in your home. You can check this one off the list!