What To Do with my Plants When I Move?
10 Apr

What To Do with my Plants When I Move?

It took years to get that cactus to flower. You talked to it. Even named it. Now, you’re about to move and don’t know what to do. You can’t leave your hard work over the last few years behind. And giving it away will not be appreciated like you want.

When it comes to plant moving, one of the things that’s often the hardest decisions is deciding what to do with the green friends in and outside of your home.

Plants are delicate and take lots of care to get the desired look you want. And a move to a different climate is a challenge. Not to mention that many states have laws about what types of plants can come into their state.

Here are a few tips to help the move for your plants go as smoothly as the rest of the items in your life:


Take time to prepare your plants for the move. Water them accordingly for a few weeks. When moving time comes make sure to water the plants a few days before so they don’t drip all over your vehicle. Also take the time to prune the plants and get them ready. Move your plants moving into durable plastic pots. Check your plants for pests. Here’s a city guide–including weather–if you (and your plants!) are moving to Farmington Hill, MI,


Moving large plants can be a chore. So you don’t drop the plant, rent an appliance dolly to make the move and keep the plant from sliding and breaking. This is the best way to move houseplants.

One trick is to put a large blanket down to put the plant on. Then take a bottle to spritz the top of the soil. Then place newspapers on top of the soil and spritz the paper as well, according to gradenguides.com. Then wrap a containment netting loosely around the potted plant.

Place bubble wrap around the pot to secure it so it will not break. Use a bungee cord to secure the pot into place.


Packing your houseplants is the most important step to make sure they survive the trip.

  • Cover large plants with a breathable material like a bed sheet. And make sure it is not too tight that it will break any part of the plant.
  • Protect your plants from heat and cold that will come in through the vehicle during the trip.
  • Make a cone out of paper that you can slip the plant inside. This way the paper will hold the plant in place.
  • Group the plants together in a plastic container with sides only a few inches high.
  • Make sure there is plenty of light for the plants. And they don’t slide.


  • If possible, place the plants in the vehicle near the seats, never in the trunk. Since you need to keep the plants wet, make sure all the plants are secure in the vehicle and will not tip over during the trip. Place them in a large box if you have any.
  • Tend to the plants during the move. Just like any family member needing a pit stop, your plant does as well. Give them some water and make sure the temperature where they are is all right.
  • As soon as you get to your new location, move your plants to their new home and make sure to place them in an area so they will thrive.


Some states prohibit certain plants to prevent the spread of pests and disease. If you cannot take your plants with you, here are some options:

  • Give your plants to a friend or family. There must be someone you know who also loves plants and will take care of them.
  • List your plants online. There are plenty of people out there who would love to have a free plant.
  • Leave plants at the curb. If you are in a hurry, there are neighbors who might take them.


Check to see if your mover will move plants for you. Most moving companies are not allowed to move plants across state lines. Some companies will if the distance is less than 150 miles within the state. Since plants require attention during a move, check with the company you hire for the best way to move your plants.


Some plants are like part of the family if you have been taking care of them for years. So if you want to keep them, come up with a moving plan that is best to get your plants to your new home in the same shape they are now.

Here are a few more tips when moving your plants:

  • Make sure your plants can travel with you and there are no restrictions in your new state.
  • Secure your plants at the base and they will not move with any sudden stops.
  • Wait until moving day to pack your plant.
  • Make sure the climate in the vehicle is perfect for the plant.
  • Water and feed your plant. A little fertilizer can go a long way.
  • Give your plant some light during the move. And check on the plant each time you stop during the trip.



A2B Moving and Storage can answer any questions you may have about moving. Fill out the online form for your free moving quote or give us a call at (206)419-5748.

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