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How to move with plants?

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It’s wonderful to have plants in your home, and if you love filling your home with plants then you know how important it is to take care of them. As with all of your precious belongings, when it comes to moving, you’ll need to make sure your plants are properly prepared for the move, ready to grace your new home. 

Take a look at our top tips for moving house with your plants.

Prep your plants

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A little bit of TLC for your plants will make the moving process much simpler and mess-free. By pruning your plants, you’ll be able to get rid of any dead leaves and branches and get them ready to thrive.

Now is also a good time to get rid of any weeds that might have appeared in your plant pot, and give your plants a good dusting too. You’ll want to make sure your plants are clean and healthy before you bring them into your new home. 

Discuss your requirements with your movers

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You should always discuss moving your plants with your removals company. You should inform your removalists about how many and the size of your plants prior to the moving day, and check if they can move it. Those initial conversations will help make sure your movers are prepared and that there aren’t any disappointments on the day. 

Remember that professional moving firms will have a lot of experience dealing with plants, so you should ask them any questions you might have. They’ll be able to reassure you about your plants’ safe transportation and make sure you’re happy with the procedure.

Repot your plants to make them easier to move

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While beautiful, ornate plant pots make great homes for your plants, their size and weight can make them very difficult to move! Repotting your plants into lightweight plant pots temporarily will make it easier to move the plant and the pot and avoid causing damage to either. 

If new pots isn’t an option, you could always try using hessian bags to wrap around the bottom of your plants to keep the roots safe and to make them easier to move. They’ll also take up less space in the moving truck!

Keep watering your plants

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In the lead up to moving day, make sure your plants are adequately hydrated. Whether you’re moving in the summer or winter, your plants still need water to survive. But if you can avoid watering them too close to your moving day, there’ll be less water retention – something that can cause your plants to become heavy and at risk of damage. 

It’s not a good idea to water your plants on moving day – there could be a risk of water spilling over onto the rest of your belongings.

Remember to be sensible with where you keep your plants. In the summer, you’ll want to stop them from getting too hot, and in the winter, you’ll want to limit their exposure to the cold.

Once you’re in your new home, you can set them up in their forever location and resume their normal watering schedule.

Make sure they’re pest-free

Plants can pick up pests without you realising. There could be different bugs and parasites hidden away that you won’t want to take to your new home, or pass onto your other plants. Give each plant a thorough inspection and deal with any pests accordingly. Some pesticide will help get rid of any nasty bugs, while the right plant formula can also help tackle any signs of disease your plant might be showing. 

Pack them up safely

For the easiest way to move plants without killing them, just use moving boxes. Some moving boxes with handles will be easy to transport, and the boxes will provide adequate protection to the base of your plants, stopping them from getting bashed about during the moving process.

Label your boxes

It’s a good idea to label your boxes containing your plants. Not only can you direct which room they need to be put in (making it handy for your movers), but it will also let you note when they were last watered so that you can make sure they’re cared for correctly when you get to your new home.

Protect the branches

To help protect the branches, you should bind them all together. You can protect them further by placing a pillowcase or some hessian on top. Many people also use the trick of using sheets to keep them safe. If you’re concerned about any particularly tall plants, make sure you discuss this with your movers ahead of the move.

Keep them steady during the move

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To provide a little extra protection for your plants, and to stop them from falling over in the moving vehicle, you can use some packing materials to give them further stability. Your plants will be in safe hands with your movers, who will make sure that everything is packed securely in the truck.

Help them thrive in their new home

Once you’ve arrived at your new home, you can unpack your plants and get them ready to thrive again. Make sure the pots have adequate soil and that you place your plants in areas where they will get enough sunlight, shade and shelter. With all of the chaos that comes with moving home, you should set yourself some reminders to water your plants, in case you forget amongst the unpacking and making your new house a home.

You spend a lot of time growing and nurturing your plants so that they look good in your home, so don’t let your hard work go to waste with a poor moving strategy. Moving plants to a new house should be simple and stress-free, provided you follow the tips above. With a seamless move, your plants will be ready and raring to go in your new home.

Looking for help with your next move? Contact Goldline Removals today, and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your home move with you.