Packing & Transporting Plants
Moving with plants will require extra special care. You will need to take precautions and start planning things out well in advance of your move. You already realize that many plants are delicate and don’t take too kindly to harsh handling or even difficult outside circumstances. Here are some key considerations when you are moving with plants.
Type of Plant Matters
Believe it or not, different states do have different regulations regarding specific types of plants. Arizona, California, and Florida have strict rules and requirements in terms of what types of plants are allowed to be transported across their borders. Check and ensure yours fall into this category.
Do some research to see if your particular plant(s) will be able to survive in your new location. A drastic change of climate can certainly affect plants. This includes not only changes in actual climate but also levels of sunlight, humidity and even the type of soil.
Preparing Your Plants
Start with your preparation plans a few weeks (at least) before your move. It is recommended that they are removed from their ceramic pots and placed into temporary plastic pots. This will help avoid breaking their ceramic containers, which should be wrapped up, boxed and transported separately. While at it, inspect (and treat) the plants for any possible insects or other damage you notice.
Be sure to water your plants ahead of time. Do this at least one to two days before the move. This way, they can start to absorb the water and it shouldn’t make them significantly heavier to lift or put your other items in danger of getting wet due to water leakage. Watering plants on the day of the move will increase their weight, causing you to pay more for your shipment, and may also damage your other things.
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Your plants should go in boxes. Smaller ones can go together, while larger ones should be given their own box, as appropriate. Always line each box with plastic bags to help protect against any damage from water leakage. It also protects against spilled soil and other potential messes.
Add plenty of cushioning to your boxes. This is to minimize their movement inside. Depending on the length of your trip/move, consider cutting some holes in the tops and sides of the boxes to allow a little bit of light to reach the plants.
Things to Avoid
When transporting plants, there are also a number of things to be sure to avoid. This includes:
- Putting plants in the car or trunk: This is a bad idea because they will not be receiving any light in the trunk. In the car, heat can build quickly, which could even cause your plant to start dying.
- Over watering: Not only by giving them too much water but watering them too close to the moving date. This could lead to water and soil leaking everywhere and also increases the weight of your shipment, resulting in higher fees.
- Leaving plants outside in extreme weather: If you have to travel or stay at a new location right before moving, consider bringing them inside with you.