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Author:  admin [ Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:49 pm ]

House plants make a home feel welcoming and warm. Plants may look perfectly at home, but they can suffer during a long move. When you plan your move, you have so much to think about and plants are one of the things that don't get proper care during the moving process. Most likely you want to take your houseplants with you to your new home, but not sure if they'll be able to make the journey, especially if it's a long trip. If you think they will not survive, then make sure you find a new home before you hit the road.

If you are moving from state to state, federal and state laws may be involved. Sometimes your plants aren't allowed to cross the state border line. California, Arizona and Florida have the most restrictions on bringing plants into the state. Most states require transported plants to be grown indoors in sterilized potting soil. You can buy sterilized potting soil at local nurseries or garden centers. It would be best to contact your local U.S. Department of Agriculture office to check on specific regulations.

If you can't take your plants with you, consider taking cuttings. This is a good option for your favorite outdoor plants. Purchase some floral tubes, fill them with water, then cap them.

Check your plants and soil for bugs or any kind of disease your plant might have. You would want to take steps to rid your plants of these bugs or mildew before your move. You don't want them in your new home.

Leave your plants as the last things to pack, so that they don't get crushed too long in moving boxes and they'll be the ones of the first things unpacked at your new home.

You can manage the environment much better in your car than if they are just stuck in the back of a moving van. Pack them snugly in sturdy boxes, line them with plastic and place your plant inside. Make sure that the plastic is not tied together too tightly. If it's a long-distance move, make sure plants are moist. Plants can usually survive for 7-10 days without water.

Plants are considered perishable and the majority of moving companies will not even load plants on their trucks if it's a cross-country move. Plants are too fragile and are very likely to suffer from the move. Most indoor houseplants can not survive temperatures below 30 or higher than 100 degrees. Some professional movers, even if they move your plants, will not cover damage to plants. Ask your residential moving company if they have any restrictions.

The plants should be unpacked as soon as possible after arrival. Make sure to remove the plastic immediately, take them out of their boxes and give them some water.

Author:  JonathanAd [ Thu May 24, 2012 8:43 am ]

Well, moving from one location to another is much difficult task, when you are moving along with your plants then it is more difficult task. When you are going to pack the plants you have to give more consideration on it. Pack them with very safety and like this so that they can live.

Author:  admin [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Moving With Plants

Nothing makes a home feel more welcoming, warm and alive than house plants. And if you're like me, your plants are part of the family; a member you can't part with very easily.

But just like our fragile antiques, moving plants need special attention. Take some time to consider if it's best to move your plants or if you don't think they'll survive, then make sure you find a good home.

Things to Consider

•If you're moving from state to state or from one country to another, sometimes your plants aren't allowed to move with you. When moving from California to Toronto, I called customs and found out that my potted fruit trees were not allowed into Canada. Heartbroken, I gave my plants to a friend who had just bought a new house. Now they live quite happily in her garden.
So, before you take plants with you, find out what species are allowed into your new state or country before you attempt to smuggle them in unknowingly. It would be terrible to leave your beautiful darlings with the border guard who may, or may not, possess a green thumb.

•Most movers will not cover damage to plants. Plants are too fragile and are very likely to suffer from the move. Some moving companies will not even allow plants on their trucks. Ask before you move if the company has any rules on plants.

•One option is to move the plants yourself. Get some sturdy boxes, line them with plastic and place your plant inside. Stuff bubble wrap or foam cushioning between the pot and the box to make sure your plant doesn't shift or tip during the move. Put them in the back seat of your car, with taller plants positioned on the floor. This will give you some comfort knowing you can keep an eye on them. Just make sure if you have to spend a night in a motel, that you check the weather. Cold temperatures can damage fragile plants, so to be safe, move them indoors with you.

•If you've planned your move well, you should have time to repot your plants into plastic containers. Just remember that your plants need time to adjust and recuperate from re-potting, so do this a few weeks in advance of the move.

•Tall plants should be bagged or wrapped in plastic. Just make sure you poke some holes in the plastic to let your plants breathe.

•If you want to take some of your outdoor plants with you, but don't want to deplete the new owner's garden, take some cuttings. Purchase some floral tubes, fill them with water, then cap them. This should ensure that your cuttings arrive ready for your new home and garden.

•When your plants arrive at your new home, make sure you remove the plastic immediately, take them out of their boxes and give them some water and plant food. If you had transplanted them into plastic containers and you want to put them back into their original pots, make sure you wait a week before doing this. Moving plants is very hard on them. You don't want to over-stress them by changing their location, then re-potting them. This could result in stunted growth or even death.

•Observe any garden plants that you plant at your new home. Difference in soil, climate and air quality will have an affect on their health. Keep a watch on their progress and call in some local help if you're having problems.

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