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How to Pack Your Houseplants for a Move

December 29,2020

How to Pack Your Houseplants for a Move

Packing and moving to a new home can be as stressful as it is exciting. With packing, there are some items that are easier to transport than others. Houseplants, for example, are tricky and take more time and care than most other belongings. With the right supplies and preparation though, you can bring your houseplants to your new home with no problem. Follow the tips in this article to make sure your green friends are safe and sound during transit. You can call National Movers if you have any questions or if you would like to hire professional packers and movers to help relieve some stress off your shoulders. We are always happy to help.

Getting Started

First and foremost, we recommend that you transport your plants in your own vehicle if possible. Shipping them can leave them without proper airflow, water, or sunlight. Before you get started with packing, make sure to have the following supplies on hand:

  • Sturdy, tight-fitting boxes for each plant
  • Plastic pots to replace clay pots
  • Sterilized potting soil
  • Packing paper or newspaper
  • Plastic bags and ties
  • Flea collars

Preparing Your Plants

It goes without saying that plants are sensitive. The packing process can be stressful for you, but it is going to be stressful for your plants as well. So, start preparing your plants at least a couple of weeks beforehand.
Repot plants into plastic, lightweight pots with sterilized soil. Clay pots are heavy and can break in transit. A week before the move, prune the trees and remove diseased, dying, and extra foliage. Water the plants about three days before moving day and put a flea collar around each plant to draw pests out.

Packing Your Green Friends

There is going to be a lot of moving and shaking during the trip to your new property, so make sure to pack your green friends tightly. Start by putting a plastic bag over the plant and its pot and tie it tightly. This is so soil stays in the pot. Next, secure the plant in a box and tape it shut. Choose a box size that fits as perfectly as possible to prevent the pot from sliding around. Fill remaining empty space with newspaper and packing paper. Don’t forget to poke some air holes in the box to allow airflow. Finally, label the boxes that have plants in them so that you know to be extra careful when caring those particular boxes.

Get Help from Professionals

Maybe you greatly value your plants or perhaps your time is scarce and you would prefer to use your valuable time for more important things. In these circumstances, hiring professionals to pack and move your belongings is a great idea. National Movers is a renowned moving and packing company with competitive prices and dedicated staff. Explore our website to learn more about us and call National Movers to get started on scheduling your flexible appointment. Our friendly professionals are ready to help.