A recent poll found that 64% of people would say that moving house is one of the most stressful events they have ever experienced. From packing up your entire home to organizing all of the small, practical arrangements, there is so much to think about when you are moving house. For plant lovers, there is an added concern – that is, how will I get my plants to the new property without damage?
This guide is here to help you learn all you need to know about keeping your plants safe during your upcoming move.
1. Prepare in Advance
Anyone who has ever moved house before will tell you that there is a lot of planning in advance that needs to occur, and this should extend to moving your plants too. There are a number of preparations you should make before the moving day itself; these include:
You should give some time between watering your plant and moving, as watering your plant right before a move will make it heavier to transport and increase the chances of leakage.
Prune the leaves
A few weeks before the move itself, you might want to consider pruning your plant down so it is less bulky.
Think about protection
It is a good idea to give your plants some protection while you are moving to avoid unnecessary damage. Protection for your plants while moving might include placing them in a supportive box or simply wrapping them with fleece or paper.
Insulate When Necessary
If you are moving during the winter, then you might want to think about insulating some of your more temperature-sensitive plants.
2. Find The Right Movers
There is only so much you can prepare when it comes to making sure your plants are safe during the moving process, which is why finding the right removals partner is so important. You should make sure to check the past reviews of any mover you are working with so you can be confident that they will take care when moving all of your possessions.
3. Make Your Plants At Home
After a long day of moving, taking your plants out of their protective wrapping is likely going to be one of the last tasks you feel like doing, but it can make a big difference to their health. You should make sure you unpack your plants as soon as is reasonable to avoid them having to sit in the dark for too long.
The placement of your plants in your new home is also important. Of course, you will want to find a situation that allows your plants to receive their desired amount of natural light, but there are other considerations to make. For example, you should try to put them somewhere out of the moving madness to avoid moving damage and environmental stressors.
It is also recommended that you wait a few days before feeding your plants to give them time to acclimatize. You should try not to feed, prune, or repot your plant for the first couple of weeks after the move. If your plant requires water, try misting the leaves.