How to Move Plants
Plants are a fantastic way to add colour and interest to your new home – but the
process of moving them can be a headache. Here are some straightforward tips on
how to ensure your plants survive the removal process.
Before Moving Day
If you’re using a removals company, it’s worth checking that they are happy to
move plants. Some companies prefer to avoid moving plants because they are aware
that they are fragile and can easily be damaged during moves, so make sure you
check whether your company is able to help.
If it’s the right season for it, consider pruning any larger plants to reduce
their size and make them easier to manage and to fit into
This has the added benefit of making them less likely to be damaged whilst
moving, as you can quickly and cleanly prune away parts of the plant that might
otherwise get torn or damaged accidentally.
Where possible, transfer your plants from heavy terracotta pots or troughs into
plastic containers, making them considerably lighter and easier to move. Plastic
pots are also tougher and much more resistant to shocks and impacts, meaning
that they’re less likely to get broken in transit, and you’re less likely to end
up with a mess of soil and pottery shards!
During The Move
Be sure to leave your plants as one of the very last things that you pack up –
remember that these are living things, and they won’t take kindly to being
placing in the back of a stuffy van, so it’s really important to minimise the
amount of time they spend in transit.
Small plants can be effectively packaged in cardboard
packing boxes, and there are some
precautions you can take here as well. Try lining the bottom of the box with
plastic sheeting, or even old plastic bags, in order to waterproof it against
any dampness from the plant pots. This will prevent the bottom of the box from
becoming soggy and weak. You may be able to fit several small plants in a single
box, in which case you should pad the space between the pots with newspaper or a
similar packing material. This will stop the plants from falling over and
getting damaged, and should also help prevent damage to the plant containers by
stopping them jostling against each other.
If you have taller, more fragile plants then it may be worth giving them some
additional protection, for example by placing them in wardrobe boxes. This will
help to minimise any damage, but it’s important to ensure that they don’t stay
in dark, confined spaces for too long. To this end you can also punch some holes
in any boxes you use in order to give the plants a good supply of fresh air
during the move.
Unpacking & Settling In
As we’ve said, it’s vital to keep your plants in transit for the shortest
possible period of time, so it follows that they should be one of the first
things you unpack. As you unpack your plants it can be a good idea to open the
box at the bottom and lift it away from the plant, rather than lifting the plant
out of the box. This way you can avoid bending or snapping any branches against
the box as you lift the plant out. Of course, this might only be necessary for
larger plants that are a snug fit in their boxes.
Once your plants are safely installed in the new house, give them a drink and a
little time to recover, and they should settle in just fine!
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