Having plants in your home and garden brings a sense of warmth and beauty to your life. No one wants to leave plants that have become part of the family behind when it’s time to move. Moving your house and garden plants can be a delicate chore. 

Indoor and outdoor plants can be finicky and may have trouble adjusting after moving from one place to another. It’s essential to take your time, plan, and allow for enough time for your plants to adjust to being prepared for your move. 

In the same way that you want to ensure that your precious antiques and furniture arrive safely at your new home, you will need to take special care with your plants. Professionals like Rainbow Movers can give you the right advice about how to pack and transport your plants. 

Some movers will not insure plants due to their fragile nature, so we have a few tips to help you get your plants through your move undamaged. 

Know The Restrictions

If you are moving to a new state or out of the country, there may be restrictions on what plants you can take with you. Some invasive species are not permitted to cross either state or international borders. 

Check with your new state or country laws to determine whether you may enter legally with your favorite plants.

Transportation

Some moving companies will not cover any damage to plants. To ensure that your plants arrive safely, you should plan to make room in your vehicles or rent a separate trailer. Talk to your moving company in advance to review any specific rules that they have about moving plants.

Moving Indoor Plants

Your plants will need extra protection and care when moving. Follow these steps to ensure that your indoor plants arrive safely:

  • Line some sturdy boxes with plastic to reduce the mess
  • Place bubble wrap in between box sides and plant pot to eliminate movement.
  • Taller plants should be placed on the floor of your vehicle to give them better support.
  • Wrap plants in plastic or light material perforated with small breathing to protect them during the move
  • If your plants are going to be in your vehicle overnight, check the weather to make sure they aren’t damaged from freezing temperatures.

Moving Your Garden Plants

There are two ways to move your garden plants to your new home. You may not be able to take everything with you, but you can move a few of your most productive plants without much fuss. 

If you don’t want to strip down the garden before the new owners arrive, you can choose to take a few clippings instead of the whole plant. Get some floral tools, fill with water, and cap them with the cutting inside. 

If you want to take your whole plant, you will need to plan ahead. Plants need time to adjust when they are removed from their familiar setting. A few weeks before your move, you should dig up your plants and put them in nursery pots with some local dirt. 

Once you move, you should replant as soon as possible. Keep a close eye on your replants to ensure that they are adjusting well to the new location.

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Moving can be stressful for both you and your plants. If you just can’t leave your favorite flowers and bushes behind, follow some of these tips to help you bring along your house and garden plants to your new home.