Moving Guide – Moving Plant Guide
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. Take some time to consider if it’s best to move your plants or if you don’t think they’ll survive, and then make sure you find a good home.
Preparation Tips for Moving with Plants and Trees:
- Few weeks before moving day prune the shrubs and trees. This will reinforce the plant’s health and ease your move by not letting brunches to stick out unwelcoming. Do the prune also recording to gardening recommendations.
- Best time of year to move garden plants is late autumn, because in that time that the plant has stopped growing. The plants are ready for hibernation period, they are easy to adapt to the new conditions.
- Make an inclusion around the drip line (the maximum extension of the canopy of the shrub) to preserve the root ball. Use a spade shovel and free carefully the roots before you extract the shrub of the tree entirely.
- Contain the pulled plant in a dustbin liner or a plastic pot, tided at the top, use rod to fasten the plant’s stem stamina.
- You may use a box, but keep in mind the already mentioned issues.
- When replanting dig a hole in the new area twice as big as the root ball of the plant. Before that, make sure that the ground is weeded and tilled to a depth of approximately 18 inches. You may also mulch the loosen soil with compost or peat. Place the plant in way that the top of the root ball of the plant matches the original ground level.
- If you are moving in late fall don’t water the replanted shrub too much. In other case use ways like trickle irrigation because the plant in the new conditions will need deep watering to ease plant’s adaptation.
- Excessive moisture causes rot. Ensure adequate air flow in the moving cartons.
- Stake vines and plants that have weak stems.
- Place hanging plants in individual cartons and gather foliage gently on top.
- If you must fasten large plants, do this with soft bands in the direction of the growth to prevent breakage.
- Cacti and other desert plants do not require much watering. Allow good ventilation to reduce humidity.
- Seedlings, ferns, tropical and other delicate plants should be moved in the car’s passenger area, not in the trunk.
- Terrarium should be packed in ventilated cartons with lots of cushioning. Remove ornaments for the trip.
- Place cuttings in damp sphagnum moss and wrap them in plastic bags.
Preparing your Plants
Two or three weeks before the move: Consult your local florist or a reputable plant book for information on pruning your plants. They will be more manageable and easier to pack. Also, treat them against pests.
Two or three days before the move: Water plants for the last time if you are moving in the winter. Line packing boxes with plastic bags, so moisture will not seep through and weaken cartons. Cut several holes about the size of a quarter in the lid and sides of the carton to ensure good ventilation and avoid excessive moisture. Mark the carton “This Side Up” and “Plants-Fragile”.
- Pack your plants in the morning or the night before.
- Wrap your large houseplants with an old sheet or tissue paper to prevent branches from breaking.
- Place the pot in a box, making sure it fits snugly at the bottom. You may use conventional packing cartons, like dish packs, available from your Atlas Representative.
- If necessary, use paper around the base to hold the pot in place.
- Punch air holes in the sides of the box and loosely fasten the lid so plants can breathe.
- Set the boxes upright and clearly mark the lids. This will help you avoid loading them by mistake into the moving van.
- If you follow this procedure, your plants will be ready to travel up to three days before requiring further attention.
On the road:
- Load plants as close to your departure time as possible.
- Avoid putting plants in the trunk of your car, if possible, since heat, cold and lack of fresh air can damage the plant.
- In warm weather, make periodic stops in shaded areas and crack a window. Avoid exposing the plants to direct sunlight at all times.
- In cold weather, avoid letting the temperature inside your car become hazardous to your plants. If needed, wrap plants thoroughly with newspaper or paper bags.
- You probably will not have to water your plants during transit. If they seem unusually dry, water them at first opportunity; otherwise, postpone watering until you have arrived at your new home.
- If you’re on the road for more than three days, your plants may require light. When staying overnight, it is a good idea to bring plants indoors and open cartons to expose plants to the light
Arriving At Your New Home:
· 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 effect on their health. Keep a watch on their progress and call in some local help if you’re having problems.