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Moving Plants: The Best Way To Move Plants Into A New Home

If you are moving to a new home, there is one thing that you should do before anything else: move your plants. Moving plants into a new home can be an overwhelming process without the right knowledge. There are many different types of plants, and it is necessary to know the best way to move them so they arrive in their new home in perfect condition. They need to get acclimated to their new environment and not all transplant well. If you want your plants in your new home to thrive, you must provide the best care possible when moving them in and making sure they have an appropriate amount of sunlight.

This blog post will tell you how to take care of your plants when moving them from home to home so they stay healthy and can thrive in their new environment.

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Consider What Type Of Plants You Are Moving

When it comes to moving plants, the first thing you need to do is consider what type of plants they are. This will help determine which method would be best for your specific situation.

There are three main types of houseplants: Cacti and Succulents, Herbaceous Perennials or Annuals, and Bulb Plants that come up in the Spring.

1. Cacti and Succulents

Cactus & Succulent
Succulents and cacti can be a challenge to move. Make sure you have the right container for the job!

Cacti and Succulents are succulent desert plants that grow in dry climates when dormant, but when watered they become green and full of life. Because these types of plants require little water to thrive, it is important not to overwater them while moving because damp soil can cause root rot which would kill your Cacti or Succulents.

2. Herbaceous Perennials

Herbaceous Perennials
A variety of perennials can be grown in a vegetable garden

Herbaceous Perennials are plants that grow from bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizomes, etc., but die back to their root structures in the winter and come up again every year with new growth. These types of plants require a certain amount of time for them to get used to their new environment, so it is important to make sure they are given enough time for this.

3. Bulb plants

Bulb Plants
Bulb plants can be easy to grow if you have the right tools.

Bulb plants come up in the spring and do not need as much sunlight as other types of houseplants because during the winter months they go into a dormant state where there are no leaves or flowers present. You mustn’t move bulb plants too early because they need the cold, dark months for them to grow.

Choose The Right Time to Move Your Plants

It is important to choose the right time of year when moving plants so they can get used to their new environment and not be shocked by a change in temperature. This will keep them healthy and prevent unnecessary stress for your plants during this process.

The best times to move houseplants are:

Fall – Many types of leafy green perennials, like philodendrons, die back in the fall and go completely dormant. Bulb plants can also be moved at this time because they are not growing during the winter months.

Late Winter – If you wait to move your Cacti or Succulents until late winter, their soil mustn’t get too cold or freeze. If these desert plants get too cold, their roots will become black and die.

Early Spring – The best time to move herbaceous perennials is in early spring when they have started growing again but not yet flowered or gone into a full state of growth. They need time after being moved for the soil around them to adjust to the temperature of their new environment.

If you want to move plants into your new home, it is best to choose either late winter or early spring because that will give them enough time before they flower and go fully into growth mode. It takes some plants longer than others to get used to a different environment so make sure you do not rush this process and provide the best care possible for your plants. If you follow these steps to take care of your plants when moving them into a new home, they will be healthy and happy in their environment!

Preparing For The Move

Now that you have found a new home for your plants, the next step is to prepare for their move. This includes everything from packing them up nicely in protective boxes and storing them safely if necessary, right through to transporting them carefully. It is important to prepare for the move carefully because if you don’t, your plants will suffer.


The best way to pack plants is to wrap them in a sheet or two of the newspaper. If you have any other material available, such as bubble wrap, that’s fine too but not essential. The main thing is that the plant isn’t exposed and it doesn’t bump into anything else during transport. It may be necessary for extra protection if the plant is very large or if it has branchy stems. If so, use more sheets of newspaper and wrap them securely around the base of the stem to protect it from knocks.

The best way to pack plants in boxes is probably one per box because they will be less likely to bump into each other but this isn’t essential – you can put more than one plant in a box if you wish. If they are small, use smaller boxes but remember that it is better to have bigger ones because then the plants can move around less and be subjected to less stress. When packing multiple plants into boxes, put them directly against each other rather than with gaps between so that there is no chance of them getting damaged.

Packing plants can be very time-consuming but it is essential for their safety during the move so give yourself plenty of time to do it properly and carefully. You’ll also need a room in your home or garage/shed where you can put all the boxes until they are collected by the transport company which will usually happen on a particular day.


Storage is another option that may be available to you, especially if the move has been delayed or if your plants are too large for transport boxes. If this applies to one or more of your plants then storage can work out quite cheap so it’s worth checking before deciding whether they need to go in the big expensive boxes instead of the smaller storage boxes.


The best way to transport plants is of course in a car or van but if this isn’t possible then it can be worth hiring a small removal lorry which may cost slightly more than a man and a transit van but will definitely save you time, effort and might even work out cheaper. Your plants will be under less stress if they are taken in a vehicle instead of on the back of someone’s pickup truck for example, especially if it is only going from your home to another nearby location.

Transport companies can sometimes transport large items such as small trees or shrubs and this option may work out cheaper than hiring a lorry if it is available to you. If so then definitely consider using them because they will be able to transport your plants safely and securely with the minimum of fuss and bother for a very reasonable price.
Remember that if you did decide on storing rather than moving, this may not necessarily mean having them taken away – although it might well work out cheaper or more convenient if it is possible to store them in the same place they’ve been stored for a while. You may be able to arrange transport from wherever you are storing your plants back home, which might work out cheaper and is less hassle than hiring a lorry twice.

Moving Day – Getting Ready Before You Start

You’re done with preparing for your move. You’ve packed up all your clothes and belongings, you have a place to live lined up for when you arrive in the new location, and any plants that need transporting are ready too.
Getting everything from where they currently are to their new homes will be much easier if you start preparing well before moving day arrives because time is always going to be a bit limited when you have all this going on in your life.

As well as having the plants ready themselves, it is also important that they are moved from where they currently live into their transport boxes or to wherever they will be stored for a while before being transported again – sometimes not straight back home either if you’re storing them elsewhere for a while between moving locations.

You can’t expect to simply move your plants without any preparation because it’s always going to be difficult – if not impossible – and they will become stressed or even damaged in the process which is no good at all when you are trying to make sure that they are moved as safely, securely and easily as possible.

Setting Up in Your New Home – Unpacking and Planting

Now that you’re finally in your new home, it’s time to unpack those plants and get them into their final resting places. There will be a lot of unpacking involved as well as getting the plants themselves planted because odds are they’ve been packed up for quite some time by now so even if they survived well during the move you’ll need to make sure that they are in the best possible condition before you put them into their final homes.

You will be able to plant your plants much more easily if you’ve done a little bit of preparation beforehand, such as putting down weed control fabric (which is especially useful when planting trees) and making sure it’s flat. Raised beds and trenches are also a good idea because it’s easier to get the plants into them without damaging their roots at all.

Soil preparation is important too – you may need to dig holes, for example, if planting trees or shrubs – but most plants can just be planted as they are after brushing off any soil that might still be clinging to them.

Just make sure that you are planting your plants in the right places because they won’t be able to survive if you’ve put them somewhere where they can’t get enough sunlight or water for example, and of course, check whether any special conditions might apply – especially when it comes to trees!

Maintaining Healthy Plants In Your New Home

Once you have your plants where they are meant to be, it’s time to start taking care of them again – which is easier than ever before because all the hard work has been done already.

All that remains now is for you to provide water and fertilizer as necessary while keeping an eye on whether there are any problems with pests or diseases in the garden.

plant maintenance
The maintenance of houseplants should not be underestimated. Make sure that you have enough sunlight to keep them healthy. Also water them regularly.

Just make sure that you stay on top of your responsibilities and don’t let things slide even if there are a few more important things to do – without plants, for example, you won’t have much of a garden or anything else in it!

Plants are not just for decoration. They help to clean the air inside your home, absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. So if you’re planning on moving plants into a new location, make sure to follow these easy steps so they can thrive in their new surroundings. If you need help in packing and moving, please contact Treasure Moving Company at 855-715-6683 today and get a free estimate!

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