There’s no doubt that your plants mean a lot to you. So you may not want to toss them just because you’re moving. That’s why it’s important to take care and use caution while packing plants and moving them, whether they’re your own personal projects or they’re for Valentine’s day feng shui. They are, after all, living things that are delicate and can break just like anything else.
Tips for Packing Plants and Moving Them
Don’t travel long distances with them
First and foremost, it’s important to determine whether it will be a good idea to move your plants in the first place. Are you moving a long distance? Locally? These questions are important, as a slight disturbance can alter or even kill your plants.
If you’re moving cross country, it may be a good idea to just leave them where they are. Packing plants and moving them a long distance will just take up space and might actually make the place stink if the plants die.
In which case, you can either give them away to local organizations or give them to friends.
Prepare them properly
You want to give your plants plenty of sunlight before, during, and after the move. Sun is their food, after all! If your plants spend too much time in the dark, they may die. If you are carrying out your plants, perhaps reserve them a place in your car where the windows are and make sure they aren’t cramped in with your other stuff.
They are also sensitive to temperature and need plenty of water, so take that into consideration when moving flowers. You may want to carry them in their original flower pots. That way, you can give them plenty of water along the way.
Packing plants, for when you need to pack them up
When it comes to packing up and moving plants, you need to give them extra care. Make sure they are in larger stronger cardboard boxes. When doing so, poke holes in the box because your plants need air and sunlight too!
It gets even more complicated when you’re thinking about moving actual shrubs and things that were planted in the garden. In which case, you’d have to dig up the whole root system and place them in flower pots or places where they are safe. This will take up a lot of space and it might be dirty, so consider wrapping it in plastic wrap before storing.
Finally, mark “Fragile” and handle with care.
Take care of your plants
Once you’ve arrived, make sure to take care of your plants so they’re properly acclimated to the new environment. For starters, move them in carefully. Don’t get lazy because you’ve finally arrived at your destination and you just want to hurry and be done. Still handle with care. Unpack slowly and carefully.
A good piece of advice is to leave them in their storage area to lessen the shock they receive for their move and relocation. After a few hours, take them out and water them carefully.
At this point, you’re all set to display your plants and finish unpacking!