How to move with plants,
how to move plants

If you’re moving home and own plants, which we’re sure you treasure then you want to look after them during their move to ensure they arrive safely. Learning how to do it properly will save you time and protect your plants as well. Plants are often cherished parts of our lives. Primarily if you’ve grown and nurtured them for many years, they truly do become a part of our lives. 

When you’re moving, preparing your plants for their journey requires organisation, patience and a gardening soul as well. A few things to think about is the length of their travel. If you’re moving plants locally, then it shouldn’t create too many dramas or problems for the plants. Long journey’s however, usually make for many different considerations and preparations.  

Shift your plants into plastic pots

If you’ve got your plants in various types of pots like terracotta, ceramic or clay you should transfer them into durable plastic containers, so they’re less likely to smash, crack or break. Terracotta and clay are a material that often with the added pressure of soil can crack reasonably easily. 

Soil and dirt create a significant weight which means they can be a burden on these pots and when in motion, the vibration from the truck can expect they’ll crack easily. The last thing you want to happen is the pots or plants breaking in a move because it can cause the dirt to shift and stain furniture or other items in the truck. Further to this, soil which comes apart can cause significant damage to the roots of the plant and the plants itself. So the best option for your plant’s safety is to transfer them into plastic pots. 

When moving your plants into durable plastic containers or pots, we recommend doing it at least a week before they’re going to be transferred. This transfer will give the plants time to adjust to their new pots in time for your move. With the original pots, wrap these breakable ones separately, so they’re protected for your move. 

Make sure you water your plants

When it comes to moving time, its best to water the plants no closer to 2 days before their transportation, ensure they’re nicely watered though to maintain the liquid the plants may need. If there’s excess water inside pots during transit, it becomes a possibility for the water and soil to leak easily and damage your furniture. 

In saying the above, you also need to take into consideration the length of the journey because the plants can’t get watered during their transit. Which means if they have a long journey then think about the durability of your plants and the new container you’ve shifted them into and if they can withstand this long trip with the water that’s remaining in the soil. 

Wrap larger plants 

For the protection of large or long plants, you should wrap them so that they have additional protection to prevent any breakages of limbs, stems or stalks. You can use various items, but old towels or bed sheets can work really well wrapped and loosely tied around for extra protection. 

Secure plants with cardboard

Plants don’t usually move around in transit, but in a moving van, you never know what may happen. Remember, accidents or unforeseen circumstances are nothing which can get planned for. So to prepare for any possible disaster or damage use a packing material or cardboard box to give your plant extra protection and keep it in its place. 

These 4 tips will help preserve your plants when you’re moving home. If you need further assistance with relocating or shifting plants and other items, contact us for assistance today on 0403 559 241 or visit our website