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Plants are often an important part of your home that you’ll want to take with you when you move. However, they’re not as easily packed as many of your other household items. We’ve compiled some tips to help you prepare your plants and prevent them from being damaged during your move. 

Before your move

Consider moving your plants into strong, plastic pots that aren’t as breakable as the clay or porcelain pots they may normally live in. Make sure the new pots are the same size as the old ones.

About two weeks prior to your move, prune your larger plants to be a little more compact. This will make handling and transporting them easier as well as making them look healthier. 

Moving day 

When it is time to pack up your plants, wrap up all your plants in tissue paper or an old bed sheet so that the branches do not break during the move. Now carefully place the pots, one by one in the moving box. You can secure the pot in place by stuffing paper or old rags around it.

 Create holes in the top and side of the box so that air can enter and plants can breathe. Cover the lid and let it remain a bit loose; do not secure it tightly. Label the boxes and set them aside from the rest of the packing boxes. Load them into the van carefully and do not put any other box on top of them.

During transportation

Maintain a comfortable temperature in the vehicle. Too much cold, heat or not enough air will harm your plants. If the weather is warm, regularly stop in shaded areas and roll down the windows so that the plants can breathe. Make sure that direct sunlight does not fall on them for too long. 

If the plants seem a bit dry, you can water them, but if possible, avoid it until you are at your new home. If your trip is longer than three days, always take your plants inside where you are staying during the night, and open the boxes.

If you have hired a moving company, let them know they are plants, and they will take care of the rest.




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