How To Move Your Plants

You're so excited. You were able to get that apartment across town that you've been wanting for months.


  1. And now you're excitingly packing up your apartment and putting all of your stuff into shipping boxes to move to your newer and better location. You can't wait to get settled into your new place. Then all of a sudden you glance over to your left, and you notice all of your wonderful plants that you spent so much time cultivating, sitting there. And you think to yourself “how in the world am I going to move these?” Well, that's why were here. In this article we will show you the best way to properly and carefully move your plants so that they can get acclimated safely in their new home.
  2. How to Move Plants: Preparing Houseplants for a Move
  3. The first thing you want to do is make sure that you hire a moving company that actually moves plants. Not all moving companies are the same, and not all moving companies are either willing to move plants, or know how to properly move them. So, make sure you do your due diligence and talk to the moving company before you actually sign the contract. Be aware of how they handle live plants, and make sure they are not only experienced in moving live plants, but it's actually a specialty of theirs.

    The second thing that you want to do is prepare for the plants move in advance. This will require you to go out and purchase plastic planting pots that are non-breakable. You'll want to give yourself and your plants about 3 weeks in these pots, prior to your move. So, plan ahead and repot your plants to ensure their safety during the move.

  4. About two weeks before the actual move, you'll want to go ahead and prune your plants. The reason for this is so that when the time of the move comes, your plans are far more easily moved. If they are well kept and a little bit smaller in size, it will reduce the risk of damage they could ensue during the moving process.

    Seven to ten days before you move, go ahead and check your plants and make sure that they are still healthy and doing well. You want to make sure that you inspect them carefully for any forms of bug infestation or other types of plant related health issues. This way you know they won't be susceptible to damage during the move. If you happen to find an issue, try your best to address the problem as quickly as you can. If the issue is not resolved by the time that you move, you may have to take that plant with you individually in your own car.

  5. About two days before the move you want to make sure that you water your plants. This will give the water time to absorb that way you won't have to worry about leaking or spilling in the moving truck. Trust us when we say that the movers will definitely appreciate this. The other thing that you'll want to be aware of, is a few days before the move you’ll want to make sure you have enough shipping boxes to place each plant in individually. You'll want your shipping boxes tall enough so the plant won't tip over during the move.

    The night before your move, wrap your plants in tissue paper. Also, line your boxes with plastic just in case any water was to leak out. You can also use old towels or newspaper for extra cushioning and protection during the move.