If you're anticipating making a major move in the near future, you've probably already started making plans with a local moving services professional to get your household items to your new home. You undoubtedly already know, for instance, that your fragile items will have to be very carefully packed in order to avoid breakage, and that you should make sure that your homeowner's policy covers any damage that may occur while your valuable items are in transit. However, you may be assuming that moving your houseplants will be easy. Although this is true in cases where you're just moving across town, moving plants long distance comes with a special set of challenges.
Following are four things you should know about successfully moving your houseplants to a location that requires long-distance travel.
Re-pot them in Plastic Pots Prior to the Move
If your plants are currently in pots made of ceramic clay, terracotta, or any other heavy material, re-pot them in lightweight plastic pots a week or two prior to the move. This will make them easier to carry and may save your valuable permanent pots from being broken while in transition.G
Make Sure Your Moving Van is Climate Controlled
Even a short period of time spent in an overly warm or cold environment may be enough to completely destroy many fragile houseplants. Keep in mind that most houseplants are native to tropical and subtropical environments and therefore don't handle temperature extremes well. If your moving van isn't temperature controlled, move the plants in your car.
Check Restrictions on Plant Material in Your New Location
Some states have restrictions on incoming plant material, so it's essential that you check with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for information of what you can and can't transport over certain state lines. States with large agricultural industries, such as California, are more likely to have restrictions because they're trying to keep out plant diseases and pests.
4. Consider Taking Cuttings
If you can't bear the thought of leaving your plants behind but moving them simply isn't practical or even possible, consider taking cuttings instead. Keeping the cuttings damp while they're in transit will increase their chances of successfully taking root and thriving once you've reached your destination. Simply wrap the cuttings in damp paper towels, place them in a ziplock bag, and carefully stash them in your vehicle's glove box for safekeeping and easy access. Spritz more water on the paper towels on an as-needed basis, and make planting the cuttings one of your first priorities after arriving at your new home.