Do you remember the last time you thought about moving? After living in our home for about three years, I realized that we wanted to get out into the world and see some other places, so we listed our place for sale. Making the decision to move was nerve-wracking but incredibly exciting, and I was really happy that we were able to make the choice to move. After we sold our place and relocated, it was incredible to experience new places, new things, and adventures that I had never dreamed of. Check out this blog for great reasons to move.
If you are preparing to move to a new home and have several houseplants, you may be wondering what you can do to prepare them for the move and take care of them while they are being transported. If so, use one or more of the following tips for safely preparing and moving your houseplants to your new house.
Move Your Plants as Little as Possible
Since houseplants are used to staying in one place, they do not like to be disturbed from where they are sitting. If you move them around too much, the jostling of their limbs and leaves can be traumatic to them. Also, any constant movement could loosen the soil and disrupt their roots, potentially putting the plants into shock.
Before you start preparing and moving your plants, think carefully about what needs to be done and devise a plan that involves moving the plants as little as possible. Work out the route you will take when placing them in your car or the moving van, as well as deciding where you will place them once they arrive at the new home. Make sure anyone helping you move, including professional movers, understands your planned routes and moves the plants with care.
Divide and Repot Plants That Are Too Large to Lift
If you have several houseplants that have grown so large you are unable to move them easily, you may want to divide the plants and repot them into smaller containers. Not only will this save some strain on your back, but it can also protect the plants from damage.
When you try to move plants that are not easily picked up, they have a chance of tipping over while you are trying to carry them. This tipping could break off a few branches or make the soil spill out of the pot, exposing and shocking the roots. If you aren't able to repot large plants, rely on a moving service to do the heavy lifting and situating in the moving truck. These professionals should have the experience necessary to safely move plants.
If you have houseplants that need to be divided and repotted, plan to complete this task a few weeks before you move. Since transplanting plants from one pot to another can be traumatic to them, you want to give them time to recover before going through the added trauma of being moved.
Protect Them from Extremes in Temperature
When moving day arrives, make sure you have prepared your plants for extremes in temperature. Since they are used to the steady temperatures of your home, taking them outside and putting them in a vehicle when the weather is very hot or frigidly cold could kill them.
If the plants are small enough, place them inside a cardboard box, leaving the lid open a little to allow some air for them to breathe. The cardboard will provide a shield from the outside air, as well as cushion any impact while your car or the van is moving.
When you have plants too large to place in a box, loosely cover them with a sheet. Although the fabric is not as thick as cardboard, it can still provide some protection for the foliage.
Be Prepared for an Adjustment Period after the Move
No matter what you do to prepare your plants, they will still suffer some degree of trauma during the move. Be prepared for a period of adjustment once they have arrived at their new home.
For the first few days or possibly weeks, you may notice leaves falling off the plants. The foliage may also turn yellow. These symptoms are normal as the plants adjust to their new environment and should stop once they get used to their surroundings and recover from the move.
Using the above tips can help reduce the wear and tear on your plants while moving them to your new home. If you have any questions about relocating the houseplants, contact moving services to discuss your concerns and get additional tips for preparing your plants so they will arrive safely at your new home.Share