Moving homes can be both exciting and difficult, especially when you have a lot of house plants to move as well! In this blog post, we list our steps for packing plants and offer tips to help keep your plants safe and snug on their journey to their new homes. Bonus: winter moving tips at the end!
Before diving in, we wanted to mention that moving homes is always a good opportunity for you to have a good look at your plant collection and decide if there are any plants you want to let go of at this time. This will not only lighten the moving load but will also make space for new plants when you’re settled in. We recommend spreading the plant joy by gifting these plants to family and friends.
Step 1: Secure the soil
To ensure that your soil doesn’t spill during transit, it’s ideal to keep it covered and contained. You can do this by bagging or wrapping the entire pot. You can also help keep the soil in place by gently packing newspaper over the top of the soil.
Step 2: Protect foliage
Step 3: Keep them snug
To keep the plants from moving around too much in the moving vehicle, pack them gently together in a box. Use newspaper, fabrics, clothing, bubble wrap, or paper towel as padding between the pots to protect them from breaking.
- Avoid watering your plants right before packing them. In the summer, damp soil in an enclosed box can cause moisture issues or even root rot. In the winter, the wet soil combined with cold weather may shock the plants' roots and can cause the soil to freeze easier.
- If you are moving in the spring or summer, you can remove the plants from their pots and soil and pack them bare root. This will help lighten the moving load a little as well as make packing a little easier space-wise. Bonus if your plants are due for a repotting anyway!
Extra precautionary steps winter moving:
1. Use tin foil
If your area is experiencing extreme cold weather when the big moving day comes around, consider using tin foil to line the insides of your boxes. Tin foil will help keep heat from escaping and will generally keep whatever is inside the box a few degrees warmer than the outside temperatures.
2. Use a fully enclosed box
If possible, find a box large enough so that you can completely seal the plants inside. This may not work if you have a very large plant. If that's the case, you can use a large plastic bag to cover your plant. If you're hiring professional movers, make sure you label the boxes accordingly so they know to be extra mindful while handling your precious plant babies!
3. Consider heat packs
If you are moving very far away from your current location, you may want to look into purchasing heat packs to help generate heat inside your plant boxes. There are heat packs available that will keep your plants warm for up to 4 days!
4. Timing is crucial
During the wintertime, the house plants should be the last to be packed into the moving vehicle, and the very first to be taken out once you arrive at your new home. This will ensure the least amount of exposure time possible to the outside temperatures.
Every season has its challenges when it comes to moving, but with a little planning you can easily factor in the time you'll need to properly prepare your house plants for the travel. We wish you and your plants a safe journey to your new homes together!