One of the most difficult things that you will have to transport during your move is your houseplants. Unfortunately, houseplants are easily damaged during transport and that damage can cause them to eventually die. Here, you will learn how to safely transport your houseplants from your old home to your new one.
Use Plastic Pots
If your plants are in ceramic pots, you would do well to transfer the plants into plastic pots. Ceramic pots are heavy and fragile, so they are not ideal to be used during a big move. This is one packing step that you can take several weeks before your move, just be sure that the plastic pots are large enough for the plants so you do not damage the roots.
Tip: After you have removed your plants from the ceramic pots, clean them and let them dry. Once dry, use bubble-wrap to wrap them and stack them inside of each other.
Water the Plants
A couple of days before the big move, water the plants. Avoid watering them from that point on, so you don't have to worry about dirty water or wet soil spilling over in the moving truck or your vehicle. Another reason for watering them in advance is to make the plants weigh a little less on moving day. The more water that is in the soil, the heavier the potted plants will be.
Pack the Plants
Plastic grocery bags will quickly become one of your favorite materials for packing. Use three or four plastic grocery bags to put your plant pots in. You can secure the top by using the handles on the top of the bag to run a twist-tie through. These bags will help prevent moisture from leaking out of the pots and causing the boxes the plants are in to become weak.
Now that the plants are bagged, place them in boxes. If you have smaller houseplants, you can put several in one box, but avoid putting too many in a box or it can become very heavy. Use crumpled newspaper around the pots to keep the plants from falling over or banging against each other in the boxes.
Transport the Plants
There are some plants that are more delicate than others. These plants should not be put in the moving truck, rather they should be transported in your car. If the temperatures are extreme on the day of your move, carefully consider what plants are put in the moving truck. You don't want the plants to overheat and die on the way to their new home.
These steps will help to protect your plants during a difficult move. Although difficult, it is completely possible to transport houseplants from one place to another without damaging them. For more advice, contact local moving companies to see what they recommend.