7 Smart Moving Tips for Transporting Your Houseplants Safely

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Whether you got a plant as a gift or it’s become part of the family, transporting it can be difficult. However long the journey, transporting houseplants without hurting them takes a bit of maneuvering.

Depending on the plant size or type, transporting them can be as simple or as difficult as you like. To ensure that you don’t damage your plants next time you move or you want to take them for a walk, read these top 7 tips to help you transport your plants in a safe and secure way.

1. Do the Necessary Checkups 


If you’re going to be traveling out of the country with your plants, it might be worth doing some research first. Whether you’re transporting a present, a plant to sell or your personal houseplant, there might be a permit in order.

Some countries have strict regulations on what you can and cannot enter with. Sometimes these restrictions can affect plant transportation. Before you start packing, check the requirements and have the necessary paperwork ready. Be sure to check the country’s plant protection and quarantine requirements too.

2. Prep Your Plants for the Move


Moving can be as taxing for you as it can be for your plants. One way to minimize stress and damage to your plants during the move is to prep them before. This ensures your plants’ safety and reduces the chances of your plant being rejected by border control. Being suspected of entering the country with foreign pests is not what you want.

Change your plants’ soil before the move, so that plants will be refreshed and sterile from any possible insects in the soil. Water the plants two or three days before the move. Make sure your plants do not die of dehydration but are still light enough to transport.

3. Hire Some Movers


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Moving can be hard work. You can manage it by yourself, but there is a lot of heavy lifting and preparation to do. Sometimes you don’t have the resources to transport your houseplants safely. This is where the movers can come in.

With the help of interstate removals companies, gathering all the necessary paperwork and handling the move becomes much easier. Packing, moving, retrieving and unpacking are all things you would have to do by yourself without the help of moving companies. When finding a moving company, it’s important to look for one that handles more than just transport. They need to be equipped to deal with things like plants.

4. Protect Your Plants


To ensure you’re transporting your houseplants safely, you need to pack them securely for the trip. Using cardboard boxes to put your potted plants in is a great way to protect them during the move. Smaller plants can be transported in wine separators or egg cartons within the boxes.

Wrap your plants from pot to top with craft paper in an upside-down cone shape. This will both minimize them bumping branches with each other and reduce any sun damage. Too much sunlight can damage your plants.

Make sure your plants stay upright and are in no danger of falling over by wrapping towels around their bases. Towels, gardening sponges or even old clothing can act as buffers or separators between plants.

5. Control the Temperature and Sunlight


If your plants are going to be transported long hours in a car, chances are they’re not going to like the conditions. Houseplants can be very specific with their needs. You need to think about temperature, air moisture and sunlight during the move.

Very hot or cold temperatures do not work well with most houseplants. Make sure to keep the temperature within the car as similar to their usual environment as you can. Depending on your type of plant, if high moisture is necessary, you can hang a moistened towel from a window. This will both block direct sunlight and keep the air humid. If you have high-maintenance plants, don’t forget to check on them during the trip and make sure their needs are accounted for.

6. Minimize Mess During the Move


Keeping your plants safe is one thing, but keeping the vessel you transport them in clean afterward is a whole other issue. When transporting houseplants there can be a lot of mess. Unless you want to spend hours deep-cleaning your car seats, put your potted plants in plastic bags. This will keep dirt and possible water from spilling out onto your car seats. Make sure the bags have no holes in them first.

Cover the surface where you will be placing your plants with towels, sheets of plastic or an old rug. Your plants need to be placed on something that can be rolled or wrapped up easily to pick up any leaves that might fall off. And last but not least, try to drive carefully so as not to knock over or spill anything during the move.

7. Unload Your Plants with Haste


After a long drive, both you and your plants need some rest. It might be tempting to leave your plants for later when unloading, but don’t make this fatal mistake. Your plants should be the last items you place in your car and the first items you take out once you’ve arrived.

As soon as you’ve reached your destination, unload your plants to a safe and secure location. There’s going to be a lot of commotion around once you arrive. You do not want any damage to your houseplants once other items and boxes start getting unloaded. If plants were packed in boxes, take them out as soon as you can and check for damage. 

Now that you’re up to speed on plant transportation safety, you’re ready to call the movers! Moving plants can be tricky work, but with the right preparation and precautions, things become much easier. Do the necessary research on both what your plants need and what paperwork you need to have to transport them. Make sure to tuck in your plants during the move, and that they have enough air, light and moisture.  

Feature image: Min An; Image 1: RODNAE Productions

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