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Moving Guide: How to Pack and Move Your Houseplants

Plants are precious and should be treated with the utmost care when preparing for a big move across the country. You want your green friends to stay alive and in tip-top shape during the move, so we recommend taking a moment out of your day to read our guide for adequately moving plants.

What to Do Before the Move

Repot your plants into shatterproof containers three weeks ahead of your official moving date to give them time to adjust to the new container before being transferred. If you forgo using a plastic container, you risk damaging your plants. Bumps on the road or unexpected movements may break a regular pot, slice into your plant’s roots, or ruin the soil.

Two weeks before your moving day, consider doing some pruning on plants that may require it. Remember to remove any dead leaves and flowers with a good pair of sharp scissors, although you can try removing some leaves with your hands if they are dry and wilted enough. Avoid pruning any succulents or ferns, as they do not need to be trimmed. 

A week before the big move, check your plants for any diseases, fungus or parasites. Treat them with the required products and methods.

Finally, a few days before your move (preferably two days), we advise keeping your plants watered. But avoid overwatering them to ensure they do not grow any mould or fungus during the long haul.

How to Pack Your Plants

The key is to keep the branches protected from any potential damage along the way. A standard packing tip for moving large plants is to wrap them in a blanket. If your plants are not too large, you can place them in a box; make sure to seal the bottom of the box with tape to prevent any plants from falling through. 

Once your plants are placed carefully inside a box, fill the empty spaces with anything that will do the job well (bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or old newspaper work well). Finally, make some holes in the box to allow oxygen to flow through.

When packing your plants, it is crucial to label the box to indicate which side is up. You would not want to find your plants tumbled over and damaged when you arrive at your new home.

How to Successfully Replant Them on Your New Property

Once you have made the long journey to your new property, it is finally time to set your plants free. Prioritize unpacking them first; that way, they can be cared for immediately and be given a chance to acclimatize to their new environment. 

Carefully remove your plants from their plastic containers and plant them in the same pots they were once in before the move. Your plants can suffer from transplant shock, so it is best to give them time to recover slowly. A move is stressful for anyone, including your plants. They are living beings, after all!

Contact Us Today

Do you have any questions regarding an upcoming move? Perhaps you need to schedule a relocation service or reserve storage space? If so, do not hesitate to call Simple Moves at 604-265-9528 or fill out our online contact form. You can also view our website for more practical moving tips, as seen on our blog.