Living in dry climates such as Wyoming makes for an interesting gardening experience, but because of my love for plants, I have committed myself to my plants (both house plants and gardens) to make sure they grow to be big and tall! Now, if I were moving this summer, there is NO way I would leave my plants behind. So I got to thinking, how would one transport their house plants or their favorite garden plant to their new house? After extensive research, this is what I have come up with.
If you are moving long-distance, chances are that your moving company will not move your plants for you. There is too much risk involved as plants are considered "perishable" items. This is when moving your plants becomes your responsibility. It is also important to look into different state regulations to make sure that you can transport your plants across state lines. You can find this information by calling your local U.S. Department of Agriculture. The next step is actually preparing your plants for the move. Now, this is the crucial part, making sure that you do this in advance will save your plants from the stress of moving.
-Three weeks before the move, repot your plants that are in clay, ceramic, fragile pots into unbreakable plastic pots. Make sure to use the same size plastic pot as you do not want to stress the plant.
-Two weeks before moving day, prune the larger plants. By pruning them, it will be easier to pack and there is less of a chance of leaves and stems breaking off. Research your types of plants first to make sure they will respond well to pruning.
-One week before moving day, check plants for insects and different parasites. You do NOT want these creatures crawling around your car or even infesting your new home!
-Two days before the move, water your plants normally. If you over water your plant during winter months, the chances the plant will freeze during the move are greater. If you over water in warmer weather, your plants are subject to fungus growth during transit.
-Moving Day! Pack your plants in the morning or the night before. You can use large boxes such as wardrobe boxes for large plants or dish pack boxes for smaller plants. Secure the pots so they are not shifting in the box and surround the pots and plants with damp newspaper if moving in the summer. Punch air holes in the sides of the box and loosely fasten the lid so the plants can breath. Make sure to mark the box so no mistakes are made!
On the Road! You will want to load the plants into your car close to your departure time. If possible, avoid putting plants in your trunk, imagine how hot it gets back there! Throughout your drive, let the plants breath and bathe in the sun during your stops (if its warm out). If they seem dry, try and give them some water.
Arriving at Your New Home, make sure to unload your plants first! They want out just as badly as you do! When you bring them inside, place them somewhere where they are not in direct sunlight. As they become more accustom to being out of the box, you can slowly move them towards the sun.
If you follow these steps, your beloved plants should make the move as easily as you did, especially by using CRS to coordinate your move!