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How To Pack Houseplants When Moving To Your New Home

How To Pack House Plants For Moving

Moving is more complicated than it seems. It’s so easy to go from feelings of hope and optimism to stress and chaos. But as long as you’re prepared, it won’t turn out like that.

Key Takeaways

  • It’s critical to prepare to move house plants in advance
  • With a reliable moving team, the big day can be much less stressful and simply enjoyable!
  • Ensure you repot plants into plastic pots three weeks before moving day
  • One week before moving, prune your house plants
  • Lastly, three days before moving, water your plants for the last time before arriving at your new home
  • Pack plants in a plastic bag to contain any potting mix or soil, then snuggly package them into moving boxes

The key here is knowing how to pack your personal belongings for the big move. And if you have houseplants, you may not know precisely how to get that part done.

Keep reading, and we’ll let you know how!

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#1. Preparing To Move Your House Plants

The key to a safe, successful, and stress-free move lies in preparation. Preparing for your upcoming move is the best way to make the process smooth and easy!

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to a move. Whether you’re moving across the country or to the other side of town, you can’t miss any details. Making sure you check off all the boxes will ensure you get the effortless results you want!

Finding A Moving Company To Make The Process Easy

Moving to a new house can be a long and daunting process. After all, there are so many details to keep straight and only so much time to do it all!

But hiring a moving team to handle the big parts for you can save you plenty of heartaches. Finding movers to pack and relocate your belongings will save you time and effort, so you can focus on what’s more important.

A Moving Team That Can Make Your Journey Flawless

To find the perfect team of movers to handle your belongings, you need a team that knows how to treat your personal items like their own. And that’s where The Movers Moving And Storage comes into play!

Families have trusted our team of experienced and reliable professional movers across Florida for many years. Our keen attention to detail, effective communication, and seamless services can turn your chaotic move into an easy venture.

Plus, we handle all your personal belongings with great consideration, so even your house plants will be treated with the care they deserve!

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Repotting Your House Plants

Moving is no joke. And moving plants is even less of a joke. Luckily, we know exactly how to pack house plants for moving so they don’t get damaged.

The first thing you need to do is take inventory of what you have. Next, identify any large plants that may need a bit more attention.

You can (and should) start preparing your plants to be moved at least three weeks before moving day. Any plants in ceramic pots or other breakable containers should be repotted into something more durable. 

Plastic Pots Over Ceramic Or Clay

If you can, re-pot all indoor plants into lightweight plastic pots with sterilized soil. This way, your plants will only have to endure minimal risk when moving. Plus, this will lessen the chance of having to clean up broken pots when transporting plants. 

After repotting your live plants, pack your other pots like any other fragile items. Use plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper, then safely pack them into a moving box.

Further Preparation For Transporting Plants

After your plants are repotted into plastic containers, you need to prepare your house plants themselves.

One week before moving day, you should prune your plants. Remove dead leaves to promote healthy growth and make packing plants easier!

Remember that you shouldn’t prune plants like ferns, succulents, and aloe plants. You should also check your house plants for insects and parasites.

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Watering Your Plants For Moving

Plants need warmth, love, and…water! So when you’re preparing to move, be mindful of when you water your plants.

It’s a good idea to water your house plants three days before moving. This gives your plants plenty of hydration in preparation for a multi-day move. And the three-day window allows the soil to absorb most moisture, preventing water leakage during the move.

Bonus: 8 Things To Do After Moving Into A New House

#2. Packing And Moving Plants On Moving Day

Now that your plants are prepared to be packed and transported, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty.

Find The Best Method To Transport Plants

Not everyone moves in the same manner. For example, some rent one moving truck to go down the street while others must fly overseas to get to their new house.

But when transporting plants, it’s best to do so by vehicle. This allows you to make adequate space and accommodations for any potted plants during travel.

Besides, many moving companies don’t move plants. Some will transport plants in the cab of a moving truck, on occasion. But if not, it’s best to move plants inside your own car.

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Ideally, Your Plants Can Be Transported In Your Vehicle

Transporting your plants inside a car comes with many benefits. This mode of travel allows you to water plants if they get dry, provides the plants with fresh air flow, and keeps their temperature consistent. 

It’s critical to keep any live plant out of extreme temperatures. Both hot weather and cold weather can end up being detrimental to the health of your plant.

Lastly, transporting house plants inside a car allows them to get direct sunlight. And, after all, this is critical to keep your plants alive!

Make sure you periodically check on your plants during the move. Ensuring your houseplants arrive unharmed is a delicate task but not an impossible one!

Packing Your Plants For Moving

It’s essential to pack potted plants on the day of your move and not before. This will ensure that you can maintain their health and pack them properly.

Start by placing plastic bags over the pots themselves. This will prevent soil spillage. Next, place your plants inside moving boxes. Larger plants can get their own box, while small plants can share a box with other plants.

Use packing material like bubble wrap and packing paper to ensure the pots are snug in the boxes. Minimize any chances of shifting during the move to keep your plants safe. Don’t forget to label the boxes!

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Arriving At Your New House

When you arrive at your new home, carefully unpack your plants and find them a new spot to grow in. With these tips in mind, your upcoming move will be easier than you could imagine!

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