How to Move Your Household Plants
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
― John Muir
Plants are a precious part of any household move. Movers need to be careful when handling your potted green friends. We gathered some of the most useful tips to help you when moving indoor and outdoor plants: from ferns and succulents to potted palms and peace lilies, these tips will help make the relocation as stress-free as possible for the plants.
1. HOUSEHOLD POTTED PLANTS
When moving household potted plants, place them in open cardboard boxes. Take newspaper to nestle between the pots and cushion them from tipping over or knocking into the other pots in box.
2. TALL PLANTS
Be sure to pack extra moss into the top of each pot, wrap plastic wrap around and over the soil of the potted plant, then tie with string to secure it. This way, if the pot gets tipped over in the move to your new home – it’s protected.
3. WINTER MOVE
During the winter months, protect your plants from extreme cold. Before the movers load the plants, wrap each potted plant with newspaper to help protect the leaves from extreme weather. Indoor house plants do not do well in cold weather so load the plants quickly and all at once. The same holds true for unloading the plants. Get them into warm temperatures as soon as you can and figure out their placement in your home later on.
4. PLANT TRANSPORTATION
The movers should place the plants away from the sides of the moving truck walls so the leaves are protected. If you have a tall plant it may be best to have it tilted to the side slightly so the top of the plant does not rub against the truck interior roof.
Once you are all moved in to your new home – the plants, like you, will need time to get acclimated to their new surroundings. The plants may shed a few leaves, but after a few days they will perk back up.