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Moving Home & Want to Safely Transport Your Plants?

Transporting plants whilst moving home requires careful planning and preparation to ensure they arrive at your new home in good condition. Here are some handy tips for safely transporting your plants:

  1. Check local regulations: before moving, check local regulations and restrictions on moving plants, especially if you’re moving across international borders. Some areas have restrictions on transporting plants to prevent the spread of pests or diseases
  2. Prune and prepare your plants: .trim your plants a few weeks before the move to reduce their size and make them easier to transport. Remove any dead leaves or branches, and check for pests or diseases. Report them into lightweight, unbreakable plastic pots to reduce weight and minimize the risk of breakage.
  3. Water and protect your plants: Water your plants thoroughly a day or two before the move, but avoid overwatering to prevent root rot during transit. Place plastic bags or plastic wrap around the pots to prevent soil spillage and to keep the plants stable.
  4. Pack your plants securely: If you’re moving locally, you can transport your plants in your own vehicle. Place them in sturdy boxes, making sure they fit snugly and won’t shift during transport. Use packing materials, such as newspaper or bubble wrap, to provide cushioning and prevent movement. If you’re moving long distance, consider using specialized plant boxes or crates for added protection. Here’s a couple of links for trays and tall boxes.
  5. Provide proper ventilation: It’s important to provide proper ventilation for your plants during transit. Avoid sealing them in airtight containers as this can cause the plants to suffocate or rot. Poke some holes in the boxes or plastic wrap to allow air circulation.
  6. Transport your plants safely: avoid placing your plants in the boot of your car or in a moving van where they can be exposed to extreme temperatures. Instead, transport them in the cab of your car or in a climate-controlled area to protect them from temperature fluctuations.
  7. Avoid direct sunlight and strong winds: During transport, avoid exposing your plants to direct sunlight, strong winds, or extreme temperatures. Keep them in a shaded area or cover them with a light cloth to protect them from harsh weather conditions.
  8. Unpack and acclimatise your plants: once you arrive at your new home, unpack your plants as soon as possible and acclimatise them to their new environment gradually. Place them in a location with similar lighting and temperature conditions as their previous home, and water them appropriately.
  9. Be patient and give them time to recover: Moving can be stressful for plants, and they may experience some shock or wilt after the move. Monitor their condition closely and provide proper care to help them adjust to their new surroundings.

Following these tips give your plants a better chance of thriving in their new environment. However, despite careful planning and preparation, there is still a possibility that some plants may not survive the move. It’s important to be realistic about the potential risks and make informed decisions about which plants to transport based on their hardiness, size, and overall condition.

If you’re concerned about the survival of your plants during a move, consider propagating or taking cuttings from your plants and starting new ones at your new home to ensure their survival. Additionally, seeking advice from experienced gardeners or horticulturists can provide further insights and tips for safely transporting plants.