While nobody enjoys the process of relocating to a new abode, moving with plants is extra tricky – but what can you do to ensure the transition is stress free?
Between the packing, the endless boxes, the bond cleaning, and for the unfortunate, endless amounts of stairs – let’s be honest, who really enjoys moving houses? While the payoff can potentially be worth it if you’re upgrading abodes or seeking a tree or sea change, the experience is generally not considered to be one of our favourite past times, especially if you’re moving with plants.
While it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to bring your entire vegetable patch with you, many people have a collection of cherished indoor plants or pots that live on verandas that are simply too good to throw away or sell, especially if they’ve spent years cultivating them. To make the process of moving with plants slightly easier for both you and your leafy friends, it’s important to get organised well in advance before the big day.
How To Take The Stress Out Of Moving With Plants
The patience and hard work involved in carefully looking after your potted plants – pruning, trimming, ensuring that they are watered, and generally tending to their all-around health, makes these living and breathing creatures quite the investment.
As they are living things, plants are considered fragile items, especially when it comes to moving houses. As they are susceptible to high temperatures and getting crushed in transit, many removal services will opt not to move plants in their trucks due to their delicate nature.
While avoiding potential damage to your long time leafy friends is never guaranteed, the good news is that there are a few helpful strategies to consider that can help minimise their exposure to stress or harm.
Use Plastic Pots – Shatterproof containers will help ensure that any bumps or sudden movements won’t break anything, slice into the roots of your plant, or harm the soil. While this process may be too tedious for some, replating your leafy friends should be done at least three to four weeks before the big move so your plants have time to acclimate.
Consider Pruning – If you’re concerned about how much space they will require or any long stems that might break, aim to prune back leafier, bushier plants, and remove any dead leaves or branches. This way, moving with plants is easier, as there is less of the actual plant to move, while still doing your part to ensure your plant is healthier and ready to adjust.
Check For Bugs – Regardless of whether you’re moving with plants from indoor or outdoor areas of your home, the last thing you want is to unwittingly transport any nasty bugs or pests into your new abode. Given that there are plenty of common indoor plant bugs to watch out for, be sure to do a thorough inspection prior to the big move.
Water Strategically – Although every plant needs water in order to both survive and thrive, it’s not a good idea to give yours a big drenching right before you have to transport them as this can significantly add to their weight. Instead, aim to water them around three days before you plan to transport them in a car or van, as they will be lighter and less likely to make a mess.
Pack With Care – If you’re moving with plants that reside in ceramic, terracotta or concrete pots, consider wrapping the bases in blankets or bubble wrap to avoid any cracks whilst in transit. For those who have a large collection of smaller plants, consider using tubs and boxes to strategically move them while minimising as much movement as possible.
If you’re about to relocate your indoor plants, try to embrace forward thinking and proactive measures instead of reactive ones when it comes to keeping them in tip top shape, especially when it comes to things like watering, weeding and fertilising. As such, one of the most effective means to do so is to ensure that the soil in your pots is at its best.
Caring For Your Indoor Plants Chemical Free
While there is a wide range of solutions available on the market for outdoor plants and gardens, our indoor varieties can suffer due to poor soil health that stems from living in a confined space. As a unique liquid soil conditioner, Indoor Plant Booster is a plant food that’s perfect to keep your indoor and potted plants in tip top shape, including those that reside in pots, hanging baskets, and even those nestled on the verandah.
At Bioweed, we specialise in organic solutions to ensure that your garden reaches its full potential the natural way. Our range of products, such as Indoor Plant Booster, are all natural, and are providing Australians with safer products to use both in their gardens and in their homes. Based on the Sunshine Coast, our range has been embraced by people from all walks of life, and are backed with twenty years of research and industry knowledge.