Moving Plantlife

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So, you’re preparing to move your home, apartment, or office. Your new place has amazing windows, with a ton of natural light, and you can’t wait to get your plants settled in, cozy and ready to be healthy. But how can you get them all there in one piece? By taking some extra steps you can make sure all your plants get to your new place safely, and intact. Here’s US Express‘ guide on what to do when you’re planning on relocating your green leafy friends:


Work with a moving company that knows how to handle plants

Many companies wouldn’t take on the responsibility of transporting a living thing like a plant, but the experts at US Express are fully equipped to safely transport your chlorophyll filled pals. If you have a large plant collection, or rare delicate plants, make sure to mention so before the move.


Plastic Containers

Make sure to put plants inside unbreakable plastic containers before you move, so that any of the movers won’t have to worry about accidentally breaking any ceramic pots. Also, plants need a bit of time to safely recover from the stress of being re-potted, so this gives them time to establish comfort before being moved.



If you have large plants like spiders or ferns, make sure to prune them before the move to make them more manageable and easier to deal with. They will become even healthier from the pruning, so don’t worry. However, don’t ever prune succulents.


Plant Checkups

Before the moving date, inspect plants for any mites, plant diseases, or fungus – and if found, treat these with natural remedies to make the plants less sensitive towards damage before the big move.


Water Plants in Advance

You don’t want your plants to be dripping during the move, and if the soil is damp, it can more easily transfer extreme temperatures that might occur during the move to the delicate roots of the plant.


Have enough room

Ensure that you always have enough boxes for all the plants to have a good amount of their own space without compressing or crushing the leaves, and if the box is going to be closed, make sure to include holes so the plant can breathe.


Protective Wrapping

Line all boxes with plastic bags in case they tip over, and place towels or rags inside for extra insulation. Consider placing damp newspaper inside the boxes to keep them cool if the weather outside is super hot – but keep in mind it’s best to avoid moving plants in extreme temperatures or weather patterns.


Pack up Plants last

Make sure not to let plants sit inside a moving truck or car – or even outdoors – for too long, especially if it’s very cold or hot out, as it can damage them. Pack up your plants after you’ve finished loading everything else into the truck or car.


Adjustment Period

After you arrive at your new place, allow your plants to get used to their new location before putting them back into their permanent pots. Since plants don’t move around naturally, after a move many plants might look a bit wilted or unhealthy for a bit, but with a couple weeks of tender loving care they will be back to prime health. Once they look sprightly again, put them back inside their permanent ceramic pots, and welcome them officially to your new location!