Moving House Plants
A Couple Of Weeks Before You Move
Prune plants to facilitate packing. Consult a florist or a plant book for instructions.
A Week Before Your Move
Place your plants in a black plastic bag, along with a bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar or bug powder. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight to kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.
The Day Before Your Move
Place the plants in cardboard containers. Hold them in place with dampened newspaper or packing paper. Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist. If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings. Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.
On The Day Of Your Move
Set the boxes aside and mark “DO NOT LOAD” so they won’t be taken in the moving van. Close the boxes and punch air holes in the top before loading into your car.
Park your car in a shaded area in the summer and a sunny spot in the winter.
Unpack the plants as soon as possible after arrival. Remove plants from the bottom of the box to avoid breaking the stems. Do not expose the plant to a lot of sunlight at first. Let them get gradually accustomed to more light.
Moving Garden Plants
- Research climate and soils of your new home.
- Seeds – gather and store in an airtight container.
- Bulbs – dig up during their natural dormant season.
- Pack in a mixture of loose dry peat moss and vermiculite to provide a lightweight and protective transport medium.
- Garden tools – sharpen blades of clippers, lawn mowers, and shears and apply a thin coating of household or motor oil to protect the paint and metal parts.
- Clean and disinfect rakes, hoes, and sprinklers. Household bleach can be used to disinfect a variety of items.
- Plants – some plants can be dug up and transplanted.