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Guide to Packing Plants

When getting ready for the big move, plants are often an overlooked item. This is unfortunate as plants are great for adding life and color to your new space. Here are some basic moving and packing rules when it comes to plants.

Preparation Before the Move

  • Water plants the day before moving day, so they stay hydrated. This will also prevent excess water and dirt from accidentally running off into other items during transport.
  • Dig up the bulbs and store them in paper bags. Remove any dead or damaged areas around the bulb before storing. Bulbs hold up really well and can remain in paper bags for quite some time. Plant directly in new soil after your move.
  • Snap off the ends of succulents and store the cut ends in a cardboard box or paper bag (not plastic). Plants will keep for up to six months this way. Simply repot the plant in fresh dirt after the move.

Packing Your Plants

  • For small plants: Take small plants out of their containers and wrap the base in damp newspaper. Place the plant in a plastic food-storage bag (or saran wrap) and seal the plant by wrapping a rubber band around the stems just below the foliage.
  • For large plants: Avoid moving the whole plant. Make a cutting instead with pruning shears and cut plants at a 45-degree angle. Cut a piece of floral foam that specifically absorbs water with a piece of wire and insert it into a plastic container like the bottom of a milk jug. Soak the foam with water. Punch small holes in the foam and insert the cutting into the hole.

Packing Plants During the Move

  • Prune large plants to make sure they aren’t top-heavy so they don’t tip over. Put plant containers in a large box and surround with crumpled newspaper or packing paper to prevent your plants from shifting around during transport.
  • Load plants last and towards the back of the truck where the door is. Plants should be the first item you remove from the moving truck, so they are not sitting in heat or getting crushed by heavy furniture.
  • Keep wrapped plants out of direct sunlight. Don’t let them sit in the car, including the trunk, overnight.

When all else fails, buy more plants! You can never have too much foliage throughout your home and garden so enjoy pruning, repotting, packing, and replanting your plants in your new home!

Need help moving your plants? Contact us for a free estimate.

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