If you spend a lot of time caring for the plants in your home, or if you have particularly expensive plants, you probably won't want to throw them away when you move into a new home. Thankfully, you have an alternative. There are movers who specialize specifically in moving plants
. They will help ensure that your plants make it safely to your new home.
Finding a plant mover
Finding a plant mover should be like finding any other kind of mover. You should make sure they are a legitimate moving company
by checking their licensure and registration. If possible, visit their warehouse, and check out their moving equipment. Make sure they have the necessary equipment for relocating your plants. Also check to see if their trucks are properly equipped to handle moving plants. They should be weather-proofed and have adequate ventilation.
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Before moving your plants
There a few things you can do to prepare your plants for the move. First, you should consider the season of your move. Generally, cool weather is the best for moving plants, so you may want to plan your move for the early spring or late fall.
Second, you'll want to research the best methods of transplanting in-ground plants. Ceramic pots could easily be broken during the move, so you'll want to move your plants into plastic pots. You should do this well before your move, because plants are sensitive and should be given time to adjust to their new pot.
Next you'll want to make sure that your plants are properly watered and fed before the move. Have them pruned and administer any pest-control treatments that are necessary. Getting them into prime condition before the move will help them be strong enough to handle relocation. If they will need specific care during the move, make sure the plant movers have detailed instructions for each plant.
On moving day
When moving day arrives, make sure that your plants are ready for pick-up. Drain away excess water and then pack the plants securely into boxes. Use packing material
to make sure they won't shift in their boxes during the move. Pack each plant according to its individual needs and make sure that all of your plants aren't suffocated by plastic. For more detailed instructions on packing plants
After moving your plants
Once your plants are safely delivered to your new home, get them all repotted and placed where you want them in your house or replanted outside. They'll need some extra attention for a little while after your move. As stated above, plants are sensitive so keep an eye on them and make sure they are watered and well fed. This will help them make the adjustment
to their new environment.Photo by: Marin (Freedigitalphotos.net)