Moving House Plants

Moving House Plants

03 September 2014

Moving is a delicate business, despite what many people might think. This is mainly because each object is supposed to be packed in a specific matter, in a specific box and also handled with extreme care, especially if the objects in the boxes are fragile. A lot of folks think they know quite well how to deal with packing and moving, but it usually turns out they don’t. This is why it is highly advisable to rely on a professional moving company to take care of the whole business for you. Not only will you be spared the stress, but you will also be sure that everything will get moved properly and that nothing will get damaged. Relying on a moving company for all your moving needs is the smartest thing you can do. Especially if you have a large number of houseplants, among many other things, that need to be moved to a new place.

Nothing makes a home more welcoming and warm than a couple of houseplants. However, the hard part comes when it is time for you to relocate to a different house and need to move all your possessions with you, too. Moving plants is one of the most difficult tasks, for the plants are living creatures and require specific conditions in order to remain alive and well. That is why you should choose wisely before picking the company you would like to work with.
There are a couple of things you need to know and bear in mind before you commence the move with your ‘green pets’.

1. If you are moving to a different country/state, make sure your specific plants are allowed in your new region of residence. If they are not, parting is always difficult, but considering giving them to a caring friend. Otherwise, it would be quite dreadful to have to leave them at the border.

2. Before the actual move, ask the company if they have any specific rules about plants. Make sure you have all the topics that interest you covered!

3. Prior to the removal, transplant your plants into sturdy plastic pots that are almost impossible to break during the drive. Since the plants will need some time to readjust to the new pots, do this a week or two prior to the removal. Also, wrap them in plastic but poke some holes in it, in order to allow them to breathe. However, before you actually re-plant and wrap them, it is essential to prune them so that the plants are easier to ‘pack’ and transport. Another crucial point is killing all the pests. All bugs, mildew and plant diseases should be taken care of. If you load an infected plant in the van, you might unload a dead one.

4. Load the plants in the vehicle as close to your departure as possible. Make sure they are well watered. During the journey, make occasional stops to check on the plants to see if they need additional care. If you are moving during the summer, park only in shaded areas, and vice versa if you’re moving during the winter.

5. When you reach your destination, remove all types of packaging as soon as possible – cardboard pieces, plastic, everything! Water the plants and give them plant food. If you had transplanted them in plastic pots and you would like to put them back in the original ones, don’t do it right away. Give the plants some time to accommodate to their new surroundings. Don’t stress them by changing their location and re-potting them. The result could be stunted growth or even death.

Moving plants is a really hard and risky business, but with the right preparation and reliable partner in the form of an efficient removal company, everything will run smoothly.

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