How to move house with indoor pot plants

How to move house with indoor pot plants

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In this series, we’re sharing our tips on how to pack and move your items with ease. Read on to find out how to pack your plants for moving.

When you’ve amassed a sizable collection of indoor plants, the idea of moving them can be overwhelming. Afterall, many plants are temperamental enough simply sitting in the one spot (we’re looking at you maidenhair fern). How will they cope with a bumpy move across town?

If you’re all about that #plantlife, preparation can be the difference between some minor ruffled leaves and a complete uprooting.

Prepare your plants for moving

Healthy plants are going to survive a move much better than those that are weak or sickly. Make sure you’re up to date with your feeding schedule. Trim off any dead leaves and cut back overgrowth, but don’t be tempted to repot or disturb the roots at this stage to avoid stressing your plants out too much. 

About two to three days out, give your plants a good drink of water so the roots can thoroughly soak it up. Not only will this give your plants a helpful boost for moving day, it’ll also mean they can go a few days without watering at the other end (in the event you forget to do this amongst unpacking and sorting your new place out).

Pack properly

Grab yourself a bunch of sturdy boxes and start sorting out your plants. You can use smaller moving boxes, or save boxes from package deliveries in the lead up to your move. While it can be tempting to simply move your pots one at a time, putting them in boxes not only reduces the number of trips, but it also keeps your plants protected and upright in the move (and if there are any spillages, it’ll be contained).

You won’t need to seal up the top of the boxes (because plants need light). So just fold the flaps down before placing your plants inside. Add the bigger pots first, then put smaller plants in the gaps. Bubble wrap or paper will prevent the pots from moving too much.

Protect delicate plant leaves by taping thick paper or cardboard in a tall cylinder shape around the pot. This is also a good way to contain long, trailing vines and to use as protection against spiky cacti.

Plan your plant move

Let your removalists know how many boxes of plants you have to move. You won’t want these boxes stacked on top of each other, so your moving company may allow for a bigger truck if you have a fair few that will need to be placed on board. 

Smaller plants may be able to be transported in the boot of your car – especially those delicate or rarer plants that make up your collection.

Once you get to your new house, place your plants in an area away from direct sunlight where they won’t get damaged as you unpack. That way they’ll be ok if it takes you a couple of days to figure out the best spots to put them.

Then pull them out, trim any damaged bits and give them a good water before setting them in their new home. Our friends over at Cheeky Green recommend treating your plants to a home-made banana skin indoor plant fertiliser to give them a little settling in love. Plants can be surprisingly hardy when it comes to being uprooted, but don’t worry if a couple of them don’t make it through – it’s just a reason to go out and buy more.

Crichton Removals has a reputation as friendly, professional budget removalists in Geelong. With numerous trucks and our own storage warehouse, we’re able to provide residential removal services and storage solutions in Geelong and beyond.

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