Preparing Plants for Moving
Almost everyone knows basic moving and packing rules when it comes to everyday household items like furniture, kitchenware, or office supplies. But what about plants? Most people tend to overlook preparing plants for moving, which could end up in disaster. So, if you care enough about your plants, below are some tips for packing them with care.
- Load plants last (in the back of the truck, close to the door) so they'll be the first things off the truck.
- Take small plants out of their containers and wrap the root bases in damp newspaper. Place in a plastic food-storage bag (or saran wrap) and seal them by wrapping a rubber band around the stems just below the foliage.
- Keep wrapped plants out of direct sunlight. Don't let them sit in the car, including the trunk, overnight.
- For large plants: To avoid moving the whole plant, make a cutting with pruning shears on a 45-degree angle. Strip the lower section of leaves. Cut a piece of floral foam (not the kind for dried flowers -- use the kind that absorbs water) with a piece of wire and insert it into a plastic container, perhaps the bottom of a milk jug or yogurt container. Soak the foam with water. Punch holes in the foam with a pencil or scissors and insert the cutting into the hole. One piece of foam can accommodate a number of cuttings. If you don't have any floral foam, use a potato instead. Make a hole in the potato and insert the cutting. Many can fit in one potato.
- No matter what time of year it is, dig up the bulbs and store them in paper (not plastic) bags. Cut away any dead or damaged areas of the bulb before storing. Bulbs will keep quite a while this way. Plant directly in new soil after your move.
- Snap off the ends of succulents and store in a cardboard box or paper bag (not plastic). Plants will keep for up to six months this way. Simply repot in fresh dirt after the move.
- Prune large plants to make sure they aren't top-heavy and won't tip. Put the container in a large box and surround with bunched-up newspaper to keep it from shifting in the box.
- Water the plants the day before moving them, rather than the same day.
There you have it! Hopefully with these few tips you will be able to successfully move your plants and save yourself a trip to the garden center to buy all new plants for your new home, which can be expensive.
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