How to move houseplants

20th November 2023 by Metro Removals

Many people wonder how to move houseplants when they’re about to relocate. Some houseplants are very valuable to their owners, which is why they opt to take them with them instead of disposing of them. However, moving them can be challenging due to the risk of them becoming damaged during transit. Read on to find out how to move house plants safely. 

Create a plan

The first step you need to take when you want to move houseplants is to think about where you’ll be putting them once you have moved. Think about the soil type and which direction your new garden faces. Some plants fare better in south-facing gardens, whilst others thrive in north-facing ones.

Tell the new owners which plants you are takingAbout Metro Removals

Some of your plants may have played a big role in convincing the new owners to buy your home. This is why it’s important to let others know which plants you plan to take with you.

Prepare your plants for the move

Once you have decided which houseplants you want to take, you can start preparing. Plants don’t normally like to be moved, but there are steps you can take to minimise any problems that could arise due to relocation. These include protecting them from extreme temperatures and damage. They also need to stay hydrated.

Consider if the time is right to move them

Moving houseplants is normally better when they are in a dormant state. Some plants can be difficult to successfully re-root when they are not in this state, and others respond better when they are younger.

Store plants safely before moving day

If you’re moving outdoor plants, ensure they’re stored safely before moving day. Putting them in a dry, sheltered environment before you move can help to reduce stress and prevent damage from occurring. You may also want to consider pruning larger plants to prevent damage. This can also make the moving process safer. If you are moving potted plants, make sure the pots are in good condition and don’t have any cracks.

Uprooting an outdoor plant

We recommend uprooting plants in the evening during hot weather and during the daytime during colder weather. Water the soil the day before you uproot the plants. This will ensure the roots have enough moisture and that it’s not too challenging to dig into the ground. Dig as far around the plant as possible to avoid damaging the root structure. You should cover the roots in soil and wrap them in sheeting and bubble wrap.

Keeping the plants hydrated

Draining your potted plants before the move can help keep weight to a minimum, however, it’s not a good idea to let the plants dry out completely. A water sprayer can help you maintain hydration levels.

Packing the plants

You can place an unpotted plant in a lined box. Smaller houseplants can go into lined, open boxes. Ideally, you should pad these with paper to protect them. If you have a large, stable pot, you can put this inside a plastic bag.

When should I place the plants in the van?

Plants should be amongst the final items to be placed in the van. You should also take them out of the van as soon as possible once you reach your new home.

Speak to your removal company

You’ll also need to let your removal company know which plants you want to take with you. Your plants could be destroyed if you try to stack them with your other boxes. They require a great deal of space and protection when they are being moved.

Consider putting your plants into storage

One option is to place your plants in storage for a few weeks or months while you are settling into your new home. Some storage companies will take care of and water your plants on your behalf.

House removals by MetroWhat should I do when I get to my new home?

Your plants should be placed in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight once you get to your new home. You’ll need to pay attention to your outdoor plants as soon as you can. Water them immediately and get them into the ground quickly. You’ll need to water replanted plants every day until they are fully re-established.

How common is it for people to take plants with them when they move?

Now you know more about how to move houseplants, you may be wondering how common it is for people to take their plants with them when they move. We have found that many of our clients do opt to bring their plants when they are relocating. Some plants have a great deal of sentimental value, and smaller potted plants can be particularly straightforward to move. Factors that can determine whether someone takes their plants with them can include the distance of a move, the size of the plants, moving company policies and whether the new environment is suitable for the plants.

Who can help with removals in Oakham?

At Metro, we can come to your assistance if you need help with removals in Oakham. We have been in the business for over forty years. We have built up an excellent reputation when it comes to helping people and businesses to relocate. Metro is a family-run company that always goes the extra mile to deliver the high-quality service you’re looking for. Although we offer the most competitive prices in the industry, we never cut corners when it comes to efficiency or integrity. We are here to ensure that your relocation is as stress-free as possible.

Metro is part of the British Association of Removers (BAR), which means that you can expect to receive an extremely high standard of service from us. We do all we can to make the moving day go smoothly, with as little hassle as possible.

Contact us 

Get in touch if have been wondering how to move houseplants or if you need help with removals in Oakham. Call 01536 665 149 (Kettering) or 01858 515 015 (Market Harborough). Alternatively, complete the form on our site. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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