Moving Checklist for Plants

It is best for the plants if you can transport them in the car. Here are some suggestions for moving your plants.

  • Three weeks before you move, prune back your plants to make them hardier and less bulky for the trip.
  • Two weeks before moving, place your plants in a black plastic bag with a pest/bug strip or pest control powder. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight. This will kill any pests on the plants or in the soil.
  • The day before your move, place plants in the travel containers. Cardboard boxes are preferable.
  • Secure the plants by packing dampened newspaper or dampened packing paper around the base of the plants and soil. Use more paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top of the plants to keep them moist.
  • On moving day, set the boxes aside so that the moving company does not load them onto the moving van.
  • On moving day, close up the boxes and punch air holes in the top...load them into your car.
  • While plants are in the car, take care not to leave the plants in extreme heat or cold.
  • Unpack the plants as soon as you arrive. Remove plants from the bottom of the box in order to avoid breaking the stems.
  • Gradually expose plants to sunlight to reduce shock.
  • If you leave your plants behind, take cuttings. Put the cuttings in to a plastic bag with wet paper towels wrapped around the cuttings.