Moving from your current residence to a new one? Making an inventory of your possessions includes learning how to pack them carefully, especially your indoor plants so that they go to your new home in excellent shape.
Finding out if you can bring your potted plants, aloe plants, or other leafy greens and blossoms with you and how to prepare them for transit during your move may be a crucial step in your relocation process if you count them among your possessions.
Continue reading for more information on how to prepare your indoor plants for the move so they may enjoy the sunshine in your new home. There are a few factors to take into account and procedures to take.
What Would Happen to Your Plants in a New State?
It is worthwhile to check to see if the care your indoor plants require—including sunlight, water, soil, etc.—can be provided where you are moving, taking into account the surroundings and climate of your new home. Will you have the time and room to care for them, too? Before you make a move with them, it’s wise to take into account both your capacity to care for them and their surroundings.
You might think about giving your plant(s), to a neighbor or friend before you go. Continue with your green-fingered moving plan, though. If you believe that your skill to care for them and the new climate will keep the flowers and leaves vibrant.
Are Your Plants Allowed in Your New State?
You’ll want to check whether the kinds of plants you have are permitted before you decide to take your fern companions with you to your next location. Regarding who is allowed to enter a state with a specific plant, each state has its own set of rules. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises speaking with the state’s plant regulatory official to find out if there are any rules that would specifically apply to your move. Although it could seem like an extra step, the rules are there to protect against plants and pests that are hazardous in a certain area.
Make a strategy for keeping your house plant(s) safe and secure in transit as soon as you know they’re moving and they comply with the relevant state standards.
Initially, here are a few queries to help you with your plan:
- Do your plants need to be shipped to your new location?
- Are you traveling by your plants in your car?
- Do you use a moving business to move your possessions, including your plants?
If you want to send your plants by shipping:
- Find more about local shipping choices and any limitations.
- You should also think about how long it will take your plant to travel to your new location—if it would take more than a week. Your indoor plants might not survive well if shipping takes a while to reach your new address. It would be prudent to select an expedited shipping option.
Repotting your plants around three weeks before your move date is a good idea if this alternative suits your needs.
After that, gather your materials:
- Plastic pots and containers that won’t break
- Pure potting soil
- Boxes for packing
- Bubble wrap, towels, or packing paper as padding
In the Days Leading Up to Your Move Date
Repot your plant three weeks beforehand using sterile potting soil and a shatterproof plastic container.
To prepare the plants for the move, prune back new growth and dead leaves two weeks beforehand (no need to do this for succulents and ferns). Also, examine the plants for any insects or parasites one week beforehand. Treat as necessary, but be aware that you might not be able to bring pesticides with you when you move.
- A few days beforehand: Be careful not to overwater your plants. This will lessen the possibility of fungus growth or water freezing as a result of environmental and temperature changes.
- Before sending your plants: Fill the empty area in the shipping box with paddings, such as packing paper or bubble wrap, to prevent the plant from shifting during transport.
- If you’re driving with plants: If you think they can be kept safe and secure without repotting, you can determine if it seems necessary. Several additional factors include:
- You might discover that it’s best to secure them in your automobile on the flattest place imaginable, possibly the floors.
- To prevent the dirt from shifting, enclose the pot in a plastic bag and tie it at the plant’s base.
- Old sheets, packing paper, or bubble wrap should be used to cushion the area around the pots in the boxes. It can also be beneficial to carefully scatter some packing paper around the plant’s top to reduce moving.
- Create holes in the box to increase airflow.
- Mark the box as a “live plant” on it.
To Sum Up
You should find out in advance if houseplants are on the moving company’s list of acceptable items if you plan to work with one. If they can, some might only be able to transport them locally rather than across the country. Once more, it is wise to call your moving firm in advance.
To enhance your chances of being able to enjoy your indoor plants at your new residence, take good care of them before moving. The rest of your possessions can receive the same kind of care, especially if you choose to hire Dream Moving.