If you have a garden, I understand how attached you are to your plants. They become a part of us. Therefore, when you move, it is important to know how you can successfully move your favorite plants, currently potted or in the ground, to your new location.
Moving Potted Plants
Several days prior to moving your potted plants, be sure to water them in order to give them ample time to drain. You can use one of several methods to relocate your potted plants. Some suggest placing each plant inside a plastic bag and tying it at the base to keep the soil from slipping out. Find some grocery boxes and sit the plants in the boxes. Don’t cramp them together, rather give them ample ‘breathing room’ in each box. Purchase some packing paper and crumple sheets of the paper then carefully place it around each plant to secure them from moving about when being transported.
Moving In-Ground Plants
Any gardener knows that the root system is the most important part of the plant. Therefore, when attempting to move an in-ground plant, you must be sure to get as much of the root system as possible. If they are small biennials or perennials, place them in a sufficiently-sized pot for transport until you can get them into the ground at your new home.
When relocating shrubs, bushes or trees, you should keep enough of the present soil still surrounding the root system then wrap the roots in burlap. Be certain to keep the root ball moist and out of the sun. If at all possible, you may want to make your new garden area ready prior to the arrival of your plants.
You may not always be able to choose the season you move, but know that the summer months is the most difficult time of the year to move your plants. Just know that you will have to pay close attention to your plants at this time and that keeping them adequately watered is necessary to maintain their health.
Trees and shrubs fair especially well when relocated during the winter time of the year. However, you also have the chill and wind factor when transporting them, especially if they are being moved in an open-bed vehicle.
As with any plant when it is relocated you should prune away any dying limbs etc., so the plant has the energy to re-root itself.
Please note, that if you are moving your plants from one state to the next, there may be some restrictions. In fact, some plants are banned in certain states and may be confiscated. These mostly refer to plants categorized as exotic or those cultivated out-of doors, so most of your potted plants are okay. To answer questions in this regard, you should contact the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resource in the any of the states where you plan on crossing the border.
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