Unbeatable Tips for Packing and Moving Plants to a New Home

Sometimes houseplants hold a special meaning to people, and after all, they certainly make a house feel like a home.

But, moving houseplants to your new home can be tricky. If you plan to take your houseplants with you on your move, there are several essential items you need to consider before moving day.

1. Understand the Regulations

If your move is across state lines or a long move you need to be familiar with federal and state regulations.

Federal Regulations

Since houseplants are considered “perishable” items, they cannot be transported on a regulated moving van traveling 150 miles or more to its destination. Also, houseplants can’t be packed on regulated moves that will take more than 24 hours to complete.

Check with your professional mover for specific details about your move so you can make the necessary arrangements for your plants.

State Regulations

Various states have laws that regulate even household plants and soil to prevent the spread of disease and pests.

Some states also require a certificate of inspection and prohibit certain plants. Some require that household plants be declared and easily accessible for border inspectors. Check with your local agricultural department for information on regulations for the state to which you are moving. Or, check with that state’s agriculture or natural resources department.

You may also need to repot your plants several weeks ahead of your move in commercially available soil. Check with your destination’s department of natural resources to get the most current information about plant regulation.

2. Pack Plants in Your Car

One of the easiest and safest options is to pack the plants up in your own car if they fit that is. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Put houseplants in structurally sound boxes that can survive a long journey.
  • Keep the tops of boxes with plants open.
  • Create your own potted plant mover by packing empty spaces with soft materials like newspaper, towels, or bubble wrap. This will prevent them from toppling over.
  • Keep your plants out of direct sunlight.
  • Protect your plants from the cold if you’re traveling in low temperatures.
  • If you’re traveling during hot temperatures, make sure that your plants get plenty of fresh air, and try to keep car temperatures as cool as possible.

3. Bring Plants in for the Night

Houseplants enjoy a temperature between sixty-five and seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit. To keep your plants happy during your move, make sure to bring them into your lodgings at night. They will have a better chance of survival if they remain indoors and out of the cold.

4. Take Things Slow

When you’re preparing plants for your big move, take it slow. Plants are sensitive, and you should treat them accordingly.

Transfer plants from their original pots to plastic ones as early as you can before the move. Prune your plants a couple of weeks before you transport them to keep them healthy and make them smaller and more manageable.

Enjoy Your New Home!

We hope that you love your new home. If the challenges of bringing your plants with you are too great, consider donating them to friends or neighbors.

Otherwise, use the tips above to make sure your houseplants make a successful move with you.

For the best result when moving plants, remember to transport them with care and in sturdy boxes.

And if you need any help along the way, feel free to contact us with questions or get a free quote for moving services. We’re here for you, anytime!