How To Prepare Plants For Moving
Moving your plants is a risky undertaking, but when you care for your plants and have spent months or even years lovingly nurturing them each day, it would be heartbreaking to have to dispose of them.
Moving your little green daughters to a new apartment is a delicate operation that must be well prepared in advance to avoid the risk of hurting them. Let's not forget that plants are living beings that, like a dog, suffer the stress of moving.
How can you prepare and protect them? Follow these tips for your move with plants so that the task is one hundred percent successful!
Prepare your plants before moving day
For move your plants in the best possible conditions, you will have to organize yourself well and anticipate their reactions to stress and the time of the transfer, taking care of them carefully.
The best time to move your plants
If you can choose the date you move house and you have many delicate plants to moveI recommend that you pay attention to the seasons, preferring the most favorable periods for moving your plants.
As a rule, winter is best for moving garden plantsn (outer), while spring and summer are best for moving houseplants.
How should you care for your plants before moving?
Depending on the season, it is advisable that you can your plants to prevent the stems from breaking during transport. In principle, the pruning season for plants is between March and September. The ideal is to prune them a few weeks before the big day.
It is also recommended enrich the earth from the pot, you can do it by watering it with natural fertilizer that contains trace elements.
To avoid the risk of your boxes getting wet (and also being too heavy), avoid overwateringgive them enough water to keep them well hydrated but avoid exaggerating so that the substrate weighs less.
Choose which plants you are going to move
There are certain plants that will not withstand the move, so it is best to avoid moving them, even if it means having to part with them. All the movement and change of environment can be detrimental to their growth and development. In some cases, it's best to leave them in the care of a friend or neighbor who loves them as much as you do.
For example, a Ficus Robusta It won't last if you decide to transport it. Also, this green plant can't stand being moved from the place to which it has grown accustomed and which it has been slow to appreciate.
Another important fact is that you must not move a rose bush with its leaves. The ideal is to wait until the leaves have fallen, that is, not before November. Then you will have until March to move your rose bush without its leaves.
How do you protect your plants when you move?
The solution is to prepare the proper packing and storage material to protect your beloved plants. Do not forget that they are living beings that require special attention.
Indeed, your plants will have to withstand changes in temperature and drafts. Therefore, you will have to be careful to protect them during their journey.
Prepare proper moving boxesdepending on the size of the plants and have on hand Bubble wrap, newspaper, egg cartons, and plastic bags for the time of packing.
- A good idea to prevent overturning of the substrate, in wrap the pot in a plastic bag and tie it at the base of the plant, so that we prevent the earth from falling.
- Place the smaller pots in one of the boxes. To help your plants withstand the blows of transport, we advise you to use bubble wrap, newspapers or magazines to cushion them during transportation. They should always stay in vertical position.
- For added security, use a winter cover to wrap the foliage of your plants in several layers. This protective cover will help them withstand changes in temperature and drafts. If you don't have this cover, you could use bubble wrap for the same effect.
- If you are going to move them yourself, it is best leave the boxes openbut if you close them for whatever, you should make small holes in the boxes and cardboard bags to ventilate your plants and prevent them from suffocating.
- Lastly, make sure the boxes are marked as “fragile” to attract the attention of carriers.
Now comes the most delicate and dangerous moment for your plants: transport.
The secret to transporting your plants well: Put them in the moving truck last. In this way, as soon as you arrive at the delivery address, you can release them from their packaging as soon as possible and let them see the light again.
How do you take care of your plants after the move?
It is essential that you take the necessary precautions to save your plants and adapt them to the new place where they will live from now on. They will have to get used to a new environment and will need your full attention.
- As soon as your plants have crossed the threshold of their new home, you should give them air immediately. Since they have been deprived of light and sun during storage, you should remove them from their bags and shipping boxes as soon as possible.
- As before the move, water your green plants with natural fertilizer.
- For your indoor plants, it is recommended that you lightly mist the leaves as soon as you unpack them. Next, you must find the ideal place in relation to the light.
- As the days go by, you should keep a close eye on them. It is possible that some of them lose some leaves, but if they start to yellow excessively, you will have to worry and act accordingly.
- Let your plants acclimatize to their new location, to see how they react and find suitable solutions (pruning, transplanting) according to their evolution.
If you follow these tips when preparing your plants for the move, they will surely have arrived at your new home in excellent condition and suffering very little stress.