If you’re planning on moving your family and all of your household items, you’ve probably contemplated some of the complications involved in packing and moving, especially if you have children and/or pets.  But have you stopped to think about your houseplants?  How will you protect them during the move and transition to a new home?

Plants can suffer from the stress of being moved or get damaged during the move.  However, with a little planning and care, you can safely move your plants with you to your new home.  In this blog post, we’ll discuss three tips for successfully moving your houseplants.

Prepare Your Plants for the Move

Plant whisperers might want to start by sensing their plants’ physical and emotional state and communicating with them about the move, but the rest of us can start by thinking about what is best for our plants and for us.  That means remembering that plants can suffer from shock if too many changes are made too quickly and trying to prepare your plants for the big changes ahead.

The best thing you can do a month or so before the move is to put your plants in temporary pots.  Heavy planters can be very difficult to move, so re-planting them in lightweight, plastic pots and then giving them time to adjust to their new pots before you move will help prevent stress.

During the adjustment time (3 – 4 weeks before your move date), keep your plants in their usual location so they’re getting the same amount of light each day as usual.  Also be sure to maintain your normal water and feeding schedule so that the new pots are the only thing the plants have to adjust to.

Plan for Transporting Your Plants

Plants do not do well in moving trucks because of the temperature, lack of light, and proximity of other items, so we recommend moving your plants yourself.  This means finding space for them in your vehicle and protecting them from damage.

If you’re making a local move, driving to your new home with your plants in your vehicle might be time-consuming but not unmanageable.  However, if you’re making a long distance move, you’ll have to think through what you will be transporting in your own vehicle and where your plants will fit.  If you can’t fit them all in your vehicle or if you have delicate plants, you might have to consider giving some to friends and family members.  Taking cuttings from these plants to start growing at your new home can help ease the sadness of parting.

On moving day or the day before, be sure to cover your plants loosely with plastic and wrap their pots in paper to protect them.  Stick with your normal schedule and don’t overwater them.  However, consider spraying them or adding a little water to keep the soil moist and prevent damage.

Help Your Plants Adjust to Their New Environment

You can help your plants get off to a good start in their new home by bringing them indoors as soon as possible.  Make sure the temperature and the humidity in the house is close to what it was at your old home, and try to find places for you plants that allow them to get as much sunlight as they did before.

Before you repot them in their old, heavy pots or new ones you’ve purchased for your new home, make sure they are strong and healthy.  Experts suggest giving your plants a few weeks to adjust to their new environment before repotting them and using fresh soil to boost their health when you do replant them.

New York Movers You Can Trust

If you have questions about how to prepare for your next move, get in touch with Maffucci Bekins, the New York movers you can trust.  Our family has been helping families like yours move for over 40 years. We’ve got the answers and professional moving services you need to make your next move as simple as possible.