MOVING PLANTS WHEN YOU RELOCATE

So many of us have plants, both inside and outside of our home, to which we have

become attached. In fact, plants really make your house a home when you come to think of it.

Maybe some of you look at your plants as a “part of the family” especially if you have raised

them for a good length of time. My grandfather worked in rocketry and was transferred to

various locations throughout his career. My mom tells a story about how her mom loved a tree so much, that she dug it up and moved it with her each time they were relocated. Therefore, this raises the question, how do we move our plants?



HOW TO MOVE A PLANT

Of course, they way you move a plant is dependent on what type of plant it is. If it is a

small potted house plant, you simply need to place them in an open box and transport them,

being careful not to place them too closely together as not to break their stems. Be sure to water them well ahead of time so they are not draining any liquid, and as an added touch, place a healthy layer of packing paper on the bottom of each box to catch any dirt that may escape from the pot.


Keep in mind that most moving companies do not move plants, so you may need to

transport them yourself in your own vehicle. Be sure not to pack your plants too early, so they can maintain a proper temperature. The shock of a move can affect plants just as it does people and pets. In other words, keep your plant’s condition as stable as possible. Keep in mind, if you are traveling a distance, you will need to care for them along the way. Do not leave them in the car over night rather bring them inside with you. A good rule of thumb is to care for them just as you would a pet. After all, they are a living thing.


An alternative is to have your plants shipped. However, this can be quite expensive. I’m sure your financial situation will dictate your choice in this. If it is a larger plant, you should trim and prune them before the move. Then wrap them around the bottom and sides of their container in packing paper. Of course the same thing applies when it comes to watering, as with the smaller plants, water them before you wrap them, giving them enough time to drain prior to their wrap.


Outside plants that are in the ground, should be pruned, trimmed and watered, just as the

larger potted plants, well before they are dug up keeping as much dirt around the roots as

possible. If it is a small in-the-ground plant, you can place them inside a large paper bag so they can breathe easily which is preferable to plastic bags. This will help to preserve and “catch” the dirt inside the bag. For larger plants, it is more suitable to wrap them in burlap, which can be useful to in keeping them for several weeks as long as they are watered and are getting air circulation. Again, be sensitive to their needs and keep them in a shaded area until they are ready to be placed in the ground again.


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