House Plant Love: What to Do About House Plants When Moving

It’s hard to decide what to do with your house plants when you move to a new home. While you might choose to keep some of your houseplants with you, others you may decide to leave behind. Deciding which plants to keep and keeping them safe during your relocation can be a challenge.

If you’re a houseplant enthusiast and want to keep some of your green friends with you during your relocation, these tips can help. Here’s what you need to know.  

Decide What to Keep and What to Give Away

Your moving company won’t allow houseplants to be transported loose in your moving truck, which means you’ll need to transport your houseplants in your car. So first, decide how much room in your vehicle you can dedicate to houseplants, then use this metric to determine how many plants you can keep and how many you need to give away. 

When deciding which plants to take with you to your new home, consider variables like the plant’s overall health, size, and how much you favor that particular plant.

If you wish to give plants to a friend or neighbor rather than dispose of the plant, start looking for someone to take your plants as soon as you know you’ll be moving. Depending on how many plants you have, offloading plants on a friend or relative might take longer than you think. 

Remember, if you’re moving a long distance from your home, transporting plants in your car may become challenging, and your plant may be subject to state regulation

If you are moving a long distance and have many houseplants you’d like to save, consider shipping your plants with a professional transportation company or consider bringing your plants as cuttings rather than potted specimens. 

Prune Plants Before Transporting

Get rid of dead or unnecessary growth on your plant before packing it up to transport. The smaller your plant is, the easier it will be to transport to a new location.    

Pack Plants in a Box

Packing plants in a box is one way that you can transport them safely if you’ve got a distance to drive. When packing plants, choose a wide and tall box to pack your entire plant, including leaves and blossoms.

Put packing peanuts or bubble wrap around the base of the plant so that it remains upright and will not wiggle in place. When the box is closed, draw an arrow pointing up to show which end is up. Be sure to write the contents of the box on each side as well.

Minimize Your Plant’s Time in the Car

Pack plants in your car and drive them to your new home. Unload your plants first when you arrive at your destination. Then, put your plants in a room away from the moving boxes coming off the truck. That way, they won’t be a problem or get in the way. If you have open shelving in a part of your home, put your plants on those shelves. 

Contact Movers to Make Your Relocation Easier

Work with a professional moving company to reduce stress during your upcoming relocation. To get a free quote for your relocation, contact us today.