How To: Prepare Your Plants For A Move

How To: Prepare Your Plants For A Move

Rebecca Orlov
Jun 17, 2009

Here at Apartment Therapy, we often talk abut the best tips and resources for preparing for a big move. Sure your things get organized, the boxes packed neatly and the movers are booked, but what about your favorite green things, like your plants? After the jump, check out a few ways to prepare your plants for a move and get them settled into their new home.

Moving plants needs special attention so definitely take time to consider a few of the following things.

*Ask your movers what their rules are with plant coverage. A lot of movers will not cover damage to plants so check this out pre-move.

*In this case, consider moving the plants yourself. Just get some sturdy boxes, line them with plastic and place your plant inside. You can also stuff bubble wrap or foam cushioning between the pot and the box to make sure your plant doesn't shift or tip during the move.

*Plants need time to readjust so if repot them a few weeks before your move so they make it ok. Then replant them in your new home.

*Wrap tall plants in plastic or a garbage bag. Just make sure you poke some holes in the plastic to let your plants breathe.

*Take some cuttings of your plants when you move and leave the bulk of the plant as-is. Purchase some floral tubes, fill them with water and cap them. Then replant the cuttings in your new garden.

*Moving plants is actually hard on them so wait a week before you repot or replant them.

What are your tips for getting plants ready for a move? Thanks for sharing!

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