How to Move Your Plants Plants help beautify our home lives. Years of loving care gets invested into to our houseplant's growth and maintenance. You may even talk to your plants, helping them to grow. Your family most likely wants to move your houseplants with you to your new home, as well as some of your favorite outdoor garden plants, but worry if they'll be able to make the journey. Here are some valuable moving tips to help you prepare so your plants survive the trip. Find out if your Moving Company will Move Your Plants Plants are considered perishable, since they are living things and need special handling and care to not get damaged or killed during transportation. They need air, comfortable temperatures and water. For this reason, insurance does not cover any loss or damage to your plants and some moving companies may not even accept to move plants for very long distances over 150 miles. Contact your moving company at least a couple weeks before your move to find out if they'll take your plants or if you'll need to take them with you, yourself. If moving State to State, find out if plants can cross state boarders A few agricultural states have strict rules about bringing plants into their state. Florida and California grow valuable cash crops they are very protective of and worry about bugs or decease that may be on any kind of plant you may bring in. They even ask if you have any fruit in the car before you drive across their boarder. If you are moving from one state to another, it would be best to find out if your plants will be allowed across their boarder before preparing and packing them up to move. Call your local U.S. Department of Agriculture to check on regulations. Generally, most states require plants being transported across their boarder to be grown indoors in sterilized potting soil and not soil taken from outdoors. You would want to transplant any plants you might have planted in containers using outdoor soil. Transplant them using sterilized potting soil you can buy at local nurseries or garden center before you attempt to move them across state boarders. Transplant Plants in clay pots to Unbreakable plastic Containers Ceramic pots full of dirt and plants can be heavy to move and are easily breakable. To protect both the plant and the expensive pots, transplant the plants into plastic containers just big enough for the size of the plant 2-3 weeks before moving day. Transplanting is a shocking experience for plants, and moving day is going to be tough on them too. Best to transplant enough time in advance to let them bounce back and be strong for moving day. Transplanting your plants into clean plastic pots and sterilized potting soil also gives you a chance to look them over for any kind of pest you want to take care of about a week before you move. Kill Plant Pests Check plants and soil for bugs, mildew, and any kind of disease your plant might have. You would want to take steps to rid your plants of these things before moving: you don't want to contaminate your new place with them. There are different ways to attack possible problems, best to check with your local nursery or a good plant book for specific plant pests and remedies. Anything that can't be cured in time, leave behind. To kill bugs and sterilize soil, you could put all your plants into your garage and set off a bug bomb or you could place your plants in a black plastic bag with bug powder or a pet flea collar. You would not want to set your plants outside afterwards; new insects could climb on while the plants are waiting to be moved. Insecticides may contain dangerous chemicals, so use them with care, away from pets and children, always following directions on the label. Prune Larger Plants Pruning back new growth produces bushy attractive plants and makes them more compact to fit into moving van or back of car. Best to check with a plant book or your local nursery how to prune your different plants because not all plants like pruning. Succulents and ferns do better without it. Take Cuttings of Outdoor plants being left behind If you decide for one reason or another you cannot take your plants along, consider taking cuttings. This is a great option for your favorite outdoor plants since landscaping plants are sold with the house and need to stay. Take cuttings the day before your move, wrapping them in wet peat moss or newspaper and then put them inside unsealed Ziploc bags (plants need air to breathe). Place the bags in a box and secure them upright with light packing material so that the wetness is contained. The cuttings should survive several days' travel and be ready to take root in your new home. Water Plants Normally One or two nights before your move, water your plants normally. Don't over water, even if you expect warm temperatures. Over watered plants can grow fungus during transit in warmer weather, or freeze in winter weather. Packing your Plants for the Move Leave your plants as one of the last things to pack when you move, so that they don't get crushed too long in boxes and they'll be one of the first things unpacked at your new place. Plants will suffer from long exposure to extreme heat or cold and lack of fresh air. Moving van temperatures can be freezing in winter and unbearably hot in summer months. Some movers may not accept to move plants very far, since plants are perishable items. Moving your plants yourself in your car may be the best solution, then you can give them the care they need along the way; but, you should try to avoid putting plants in the trunk of your car for long. It lacks air and could expose your plants to extreme temperatures. Plants can take up a lot of space, if not in boxes. Dish pack boxes are great for packing small plants; they have adjustable compartments that work well for holding a few smaller plants. Put a plastic bag in bottom of box if bottoms of pots are moist. If the season is very warm, wrap some damp newspapers around the plants to help keep them cool on the road. Large tall cartons, like wardrobe boxes, work well for tall plants. A few tall plants may fit in together. You'll want to steady the pot bottoms so that they fit snugly and don't jiggle around too much by scrunching damp newspaper around the base of the pots. Next, use tissue paper to cushion branches and leaves of the plants. Punch holes in the sides of your plant boxes for them to breathe and mark them: PLANTS, with instruction to pack on van or in car last. Caring for your Plants on the Road Keeping in mind how hot cars can get on a sunny day, pack your plants in last and be sure to park in the shade during any stops along the way to your new home. If it's cold weather, try parking in the sun. Your plants should make it to your final destination without being watered if you watered them a day or two before moving day. But during a long trip, if you notice they seem a bit too dry, give them some water as soon as you can. If your trip takes longer than 3 days, and all your plants are packed in covered boxes, they may need to get some light. Opening the boxes for just an hour during the day while you have lunch could help or taking them into your hotel room at night, opening the boxes and leaving them in the bathroom with the light on will help them survive the trip in good health. Getting to Your New Home (top) Your plants are one of the first things you should be sure to unpack when you arrive at your new home. Try opening their boxes from the bottom and removing your plants from underneath instead of pulling them out from the top of the box. This will help to avoid bending or breaking their leaves and branches. Your plants will initially be in a state of shock from their moving ordeal. Try to find a spot you can put them away from box and furniture moving traffic, where they can settle in undisturbed while you complete your move. They wont like being in direct sunlight at first, let them become accustomed to it gradually, by letting them have indirect light. After a little tender loving care in your new home, your houseplants should bounce back to the beauties they were before the trip.