Tips for Packing Plants in the Big Move

How to Pack Plants for Moving

Are you getting ready to pack up your life and move to a brand new location? If so, you’re probably wondering what to do with all of your plants. You don’t want to toss them in the trash, but at the same time you can’t see how they’ll possibly survive the wear and tear of switching homes. Thankfully, we compiled some tips to successfully packing plants for a move:

1. Learn the conditions of your future surroundings. Before you start packing up your plants, find out what the climate’s going to be like in your new town, as well as how much space you’ll have for these plants in your home. Some plants just aren’t suited to grow in every environment, and if that’s the case here, you should get rid of them or pass them along to a friend who is staying put.

2. Master the transplantation process. Begin by taking your plants and placing them in containers. Typically, a plastic pot works well, but some plants may require something more durable or bigger. Then, roughly three weeks before you plan on moving, dig your plants of their soil. This will give the plants time to adapt to their new containers before the move. With a plastic bag, wrap the base of the plant, making sure that the stem is covered too. Grab some newspapers or plastic and proceed to put that around the top of the plant. You should poke some holes to allow the plant air to breathe. Place the plants in a box that’s full of shredded paper, bubble wrap or packing peanuts, to help them survive the shuffle of moving.

3. Treat your plants right while bringing them to your new home. No matter how you’re getting to your new house, make sure that you’re taking care of your plants. For instance, keep a stable temperature throughout your whole trip and stay away from any bumpy rides. If it’s the winter, ensure that your plants are properly insulted. Similar to this, during the summer, look for shaded spots.

4. Don’t replant your plants right away. As soon as you get to your new place, take out your plants and water them thoroughly. After a week or so, it’s finally time to replant your plants.

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