Like other living beings, houseplants need special attention and must be moved with care. They are sensitive to stressors—such as temperature and lack of air—and are prone to breakage and damage. But with some preparation, they can survive the trip to their new home. Here are some tips to keep your plants happy and healthy during a move:
HIRE A COMPANY THAT MOVES PLANTS
Not every relocation company takes on the responsibility of moving living things. Talk to various professionals to see who moves plants and read reviews of people to see how their botanical buddies fared during the move.
A week of two prior to the move, remove all the dead leaves from your plants. Additionally, give them a good pruning; not only does this strengthen the plants but it also makes them more compact, which means it’s easier for them to be transported. If you’re moving succulents, skip the pruning. It could cause them more stress than they can handle.
WATER WITH CARE
Water your plants a couple of days prior to the move. You want to water just enough so your soil isn’t a sopping wet mess on moving day but is moist enough to keep your plants happy. If the move is in the winter, you might want to keep the soil on the drier side so it doesn’t freeze or get too cold.
REPOT IF NEEDED
Three weeks before the move, you can repot your plants in plastic containers. Plastic containers are lighter and more resilient than ceramic pots, which means they are easier and more flexible to move.
USE BOXES FOR STABILITY
If you’re packing the plants, use open top boxes to place each plant in. Then cushion around the pot with tissue, newspaper, rags or towels so the pots don’t move.
KEEP TEMPERATURES STABLE
This is very important! It’s always best to transport plants in a vehicle where temperatures can be controlled, such as a car or a climate-controlled truck. If your move is long distance and you are stopping at a hotel or a house, bring your greenery inside with you.
GIVE THEM TIME TO ACCLIMATE
Once in a new home, allow your plants to acclimate to their environs. Be sure they have similar lighting as prior to the move. They may look unhealthy at first but after a few weeks should start looking healthy. Then you can safely repot them into their original ceramic containers.