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Pro Tips For Packing & Moving Your Plants

10

Nov 2021

Pro Tips For Packing & Moving Your Plants

Guest post by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.

That 4-foot tall monstera belonged to your grandmother, and you’ve kept it alive for the last decade. Or there’s an iris in the garden you paid top dollar for because of its exquisite peach color. Just like your fine china, house and garden plants need special handling during a move.

Be sure to check with your destination city about restrictions on moving plants there. Most states have regulations banning certain plants because of threats of insects, diseases, or invasiveness. For example, moving to Florida with house plants requires a certificate of inspection. Some plants, such as citrus, are banned altogether.

Small potted plants sitting on a stand.
Inspect house plants before you start moving to make sure they aren’t diseased.

A Few Weeks Before The Move

Before digging garden plants, make sure they will survive in their new home. Check the USDA plant hardiness zones of your destination to see if your beloved plants can make the trip. Lilac bushes that thrive in Colorado won’t bloom in Florida. The same goes for a bearded iris or pear tree.

As for your gerbera daisies or coreopsis? Dig those garden plants and move them into pots. You can also put them in plastic grocery bags and store them in a shady place, making sure they get plenty of water before the move.

Inspect houseplants to make sure they aren’t diseased. Give them a quick shower to wash off any insects that might be there. The last thing you want is to pack pests.

Woman holds moving boxes and a potted plant inside a home.
Wrap plants with sheets or blankets during a move to help prevent accidental damage.

Packing Plants

The riskiest plants to move are large ones. That’s because it’s so easy to smash a branch or two – or even break the plant in half. Whether from the garden or house, wrap a large plant with sheets or blankets, starting at the base of the plant or the pot. Staple or tape the wrap so that it is snug against the plant. Bubble wrap can also be used as plant protectors inside the blanket or sheet.

Place smaller pots in boxes or reusable shopping bags. Try to make the pots snug in their box or bag. Wedge crumpled newspaper, craft paper, towels, or bubble wrap around the pots or plants to keep them from moving about.

Woman holds small potted plant in hands.
Be sure to water your plants well before you hit the road to help them survive.

Moving Plants

Keep in mind the timing of your move. Whether in a car, van, or moving truck, plants need a reasonable temperature to survive. If it’s a long trip, you’ll need to consider your stops to eat or overnight stays. Intense heat and cold temperatures may cook or freeze your plants left in the car. Consider moving all of them into your motel room for the night and reloading them the next morning.

If moving in winter, allow the soil in the pots to go dry. This protects roots from freezing. You can insulate them from the cold with tenting blankets or newspaper over the plants.

In summer, water the plants well. Consider packing a cooler with ice packs, which may come in handy if the temperature inside your car climbs during unexpected stops and slow-downs.

Five medium sized potted plants rest on a small table next to a watering can.
Try to unload your plants first to give them time to acclimate to their new situations.

Unloading Plants

Your plants should be the first items you unload. Remove the wrapping and inspect for any damage. Give them a light shower and place them in a bright window. Allow houseplants to acclimate to new and different light and temperatures before moving to their permanent spot. Water as needed.

When moving garden plants outdoors, get to know the lay of the land. Put the pots in a partly sunny or shady area until they get used to their new light and temperatures. In summer, plant as soon as possible. In winter, stow the plants in an area protected from wind and cold. An unheated garage is ideal. Garden plants can be held in pots for several weeks if need be. Water as needed.

Various sized potted plants are placed indoors near a large window.
Don’t be shocked if plants look a little rough immediately following a move.

Give Them Time To Adjust

Like people, plants need time to adjust to their new home. Don’t be surprised if the plants look a little rough or seem slow to respond to their new surroundings. Prune the dead branches or leaves, and give them a little extra TLC. Plants are incredibly resilient, so they’ll likely bounce back before you know it.

If you’re planning a move to Florida, Personal Mini Storage can help with 46 locations in the state offering convenient self storage, U-Haul rentals and moving supplies to help keep all of your belongings (including plants) safe.


Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp award-winning garden writer, editor, and guest speaker at horticulture industry events. Known as a hortiholic, she frequently says her eyes are too big for her yard. She blogs at hoosiergardener.com.


Learn tips and tricks to make your summer garden in Orlando bloom

24

May 2021

Your Orlando Summer Gardening Guide

Guest Post by Caroline Gray

You’ve got your marigold seeds, columbine, and blanket flowers all ready to put in the ground. If only you could find your spade, trowel, and shovel. They’re probably piled up in the garage, under the bicycles, and other stuff taking up space. By the time you’ve dug out all the rusty tools, you’re probably too tired to dig in the garden.

If you live on a small lot, storing yard and garden equipment at home may be inconvenient (especially because you only use these items a few months out of the year). Renting a storage unit will keep your stuff out of the way until it is time to dig, plant, weed, feed, and water. It will keep you from stepping on the prongs of your rake, and it will keep your tools from rusting.

Guide your way through summer’s gardening season with these helpful hints.

Where Does Your Garden Grow?

Choose a location that gets a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Before you dig up the yard for a garden, keep in mind: Not everything grows perfectly everywhere. Flower and vegetable plots must soak up at least six hours of sunlight every day. The plot should also be near a water source (hoses and sprinklers are easier than carrying buckets back and forth). Test the soil to find out what nutrients it needs. You can get a kit at your local garden store or take a sample to the Orange County plant clinic through the University of Florida’s county extension office.

Seeds or Seedlings?

Different seeds require different strategies for optimal growth.

Garden stores are teeming with seeds for whatever flowers, fruits, and veggies strike your fancy. If you go the seed route, note that some types such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, and broccoli are stronger when started in small containers and then transplanted into the ground. Corn, pumpkins, cucumbers, and other “large” seed kernels do well when directly placed into soil beds. You can also buy small seedlings (and larger stems) to place directly into your garden. Don’t throw those plastic trays and pots away when you’re done. Put them in your storage unit for next year.

What to Grow

Look for varieties that can withstand Orlando’s high summer temperatures.

The heat and humidity of Orlando summers determine the types of flowers and vegetables that will thrive. Flowers that can handle Orlando’s summertime heat come in a variety of colors, from annuals to perennials. Summer bedding plants to consider? Torenia and zinnias are colorful annuals that stand out against pretty foliage. Scarlet salvia is a perennial that does well in tropical climates. Pentas lanceolata keeps its bright colors in summer while producing pink, red, and white blooms to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Vegetables that can handle high temperatures include:

  • Okra
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Southern peas
  • Malabar spinach.

Weekly Care

Your garden will require plenty of water and care during the summer months.

Gardens need a weekly tune-up to stay productive. If you care for it while you’re caring for your Orlando lawn, they’ll add to your curb appeal and increase your property value. Keep in mind: The curb appeal drops if you leave the garden tools scattered on the lawn.

Weeding and watering are the main tasks, and it is a good idea to pinch off dead blooms and leaves. While you’re caring for the lawn and garden, take care of yourself by wearing a sunhat, sunscreen, gloves, and insect repellant. Drink a lot of water and take shade breaks.

Ready For Summer?

With so many things on your to-do list, getting organized before summer can help you get started gardening a lot sooner. Plus, with that stuff you’re not using — such as your wheelbarrow and rakes– in storage, there’s less clutter and more chance you’ll find what you need when you need it. You dig?


Caroline Gray is a freelance journalist who balances writing for newspapers and blogs with taking care of a 5-acre ranch. She finds it tough to part with any of her garden tools but says it can’t be hoarding if they’re all meticulously placed on pegboard hooks.