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Nelson Movers Tips to Moving Plants

Moving can be hard on house plants, especially if you are moving a long distance. Some people think that plants are more durable than they actually are and this can often lead to depressing endings. Even though plants require little attention, they are still very sensitive beings. We thought we’d help prune away any confusion and offer some tips for your next move.

6 Tips to Moving Plants

1. Repot – About a month or 3 weeks before moving day, repot plants from heavy clay planters to light plastic ones which are the same size as the original planter. Repotting a plant from a large planter to smaller planter may harm your plant.

2. Prune – Pruning down your plants before moving them can make the job easier. It allows your plants to be more compact and easier to handle. Pruning also promotes healthy regrowth with bushier and attractive yields.

3. Wrap them up – Before you wrap the plants up, make sure you do a routine check for any insects or parasites. Wrap your plants in a light sheet, firmly but not tight. You can also purchase special wrapping sheets from your local gardening store for this specific purpose but cotton sheets also work well. Place smaller planters in crates or boxes for security and easy handling. Punch holes in the box and mark as fragile.

4. Last thing out, First thing in – Just like your kitchen perishables, the house plants should be some of the last items out of the old home and some of the first things in the new home. If you are travelling long distance with your plants make sure to give them water and avoid giving them too much direct sunlight in the back of the car.

5. Temperature control – A couple days before your move. Water your plants normally and make sure to not over water them as some people do this before they move. Try to match the climate your plants are used to in your vehicle. It will be a balancing act of rolling the windows up and down, adjusting the AC and blocking out the sun, but your plants will love you for it.

6. Take Cuttings – If you can’t take some of the plants you’ve grown while living in your home, try to take a clipping of the plant. This is most often the case with trees, large outdoor plants or bushes. Place the clipping in a plastic bag with some damp peat moss and allow for oxygen to get in. Plant the clipping once you arrive at your new home.

We hope that these tips come in handy while preparing for your next move. If you have any questions regarding our Nelson moving and storage services, please feel free to contact us today.