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Tips for Moving Plants and Flowers

We get it, you spend a lot of time cultivating and raising your plants from seedlings and it is important for you to take them with you to your new home. While plants can get damaged during a move, it is important to take the necessary precautions to maintain their healthy state. We have compiled a list of top tips to help make moving your plants an easy transition.

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General Tips For Moving Plants

For cross-country and local moves, follow these easy prep steps to ensure a smooth transition when moving plants to their new home.

  • A few days before the big move, make sure to water your plants, but be mindful of overwatering.
  • Take the time to prune larger plants.
  • If you have your plants in breakable containers, consider switching to plastic containers for the move.
  • For tall and rather leggy plants, make sure to secure them so they don’t break by staking them and tying a string around the plant and stake to secure.
  • To keep the soil contained, pack sphagnum moss around the base of the plant.
  • If your plants are oversized, put plastic over the top of the pot and tie with a string to keep the soil contained if you need to lay it down on its side.
  • For smaller plants, put in a cardboard box to prevent from tipping over and place crumbled paper in between the plastic containers in the box.
  • Load your plants right before you leave so they are not sitting in your car which can be subject to extreme temperatures.
  • Tend to your plants right away when you get to your destination – unwrap them and water them making sure to monitor them for shock.

Tips For Moving Plants Long Distance

If you are making a cross-country move with plants, here are a few things you need to consider.

  1. Downsize your collection. Starting a few weeks before, start downsizing your plant collection so you only have your absolutely favorite plans, and less hassle, to take with you.
  2. Make sure your plants can cross state lines. Certain states have restrictions on bringing plants into the state. Make sure you can legally bring your plants with you before you even begin on your journey.
  3. If traveling for more than a couple of days, bring your plants into your lodging with you and open cartons to expose them to light
  4. Maintain a comfortable temperature in your car. Cold and hot conditions can hurt your plants.
  5. Avoid putting them in the trunk of your car. Place in the back seat for easy access.

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