How to transport plants during a move
It’s one thing to move your plants. It’s another thing entirely to keep your plants healthy during a move. You work hard to cultivate your house plants and keep them healthy and happy. The last thing you want to do is to damage or kill them as you’re transporting them to your new home. As a busy NYC moving company, we’ve seen all kinds of houseplants getting moved around town, and we know what it takes to successfully transport them. If you’re moving soon, start preparing your plants. Learn more about what you should prepare to do with our NYC moving checklist as well as our timeline to an office move. It takes a few weeks to get them all ready to go. Let’s take a look at how to transport plants during a move from your local NYC movers and office movers.
Three Weeks Before Moving Day
As packers and movers in NYC, we know exactly what plants need to be packed in. Plants in plastic pots fare better than plants in breakable pots. If you have any houseplants that currently reside in clay pots, re-pot them in plastic pots of the same size.
It’s important to do this several weeks ahead of moving day so you don’t stress them too much. You can often find inexpensive plastic pots at thrift stores that make great temporary homes for your plants until they’re safely moved and ready to return to their old clay pots. As Manhattan movers and Bronx movers, we know that plants are delicate to move, and want you to make sure your plants are safe during your move in NYC.
Two Weeks Before Moving Day
Moving overgrown, tangled plants is difficult–and dangerous for the plants. That’s why pruning can be helpful before your move.
About two weeks before moving day, prune overgrown or larger plants by pinching back the new growth with your thumb and forefinger. Not only will your plants be easier to manage on moving day, but they’ll also be healthier, bushier, and more attractive in your new home.
Remember to take care of your houseplant pruning a couple of weeks before you meet your movers in NYC. If you wait until a few days before you move, they may be too traumatized to handle the move well.
One Week Before Moving Day
Carefully check your houseplants for parasites and insects. If you notice any creepy crawlies on your plants, apply an insecticide. Follow the directions on the insecticide label, and err on the side of caution. You don’t want to over-stress your plants just before you move them.
Two Days Before Moving Day
Water your plants as you normally do, but be careful not to over-water them. This is especially important if you’ll be carrying them outside in cold weather. Too much water can cause your plants to freeze. In warm weather, too much water can cause fungus growth.
Prepare your plants by packing them carefully in boxes. Try to avoid packing more than one plant in a single box. They can knock together and damage each other. Position each pot so that it fits snugly at the bottom of its box. Dish pack boxes work well for holding plants.
If necessary, pack paper around the base of the pots inside their boxes. This will help hold the pots upright during transport. Punch air holes in the sides of the box to give the plant proper ventilation, and loosely fasten the lid.
Label each of your plant boxes so they won’t accidentally be loaded into the moving truck. Most people like to transport their plants in cars. Do your best to keep the temperature of your car at a comfortable level. Plants generally don’t like temperatures that are too hot or too cold. Check out 8 places to get free moving boxes.
At Your New Home
Once you’ve arrived at your new apartment or house, make your plants a priority. Unpack them as soon as possible, and re-pot them in their original pots.
Refrain from moving your plants around too much until they acclimate to their new surroundings. If you notice that a plant is suffering from transplant shock, give it a few days to recover. Most of them do just fine.
With some planning and attention, your houseplants will survive your move and help you to feel at home in your new surroundings. For more tips, contact your favorite NYC movers. Check out our other moving blogs, and be sure to check out our moving promotions, where you can either get $100 off your next move or get $80 worth of free moving boxes.