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What about your houseplants?

You’ve done so much prep for your upcoming move. But there’s something there, a detail you don’t want to forget even though you haven’t had time to include it in your long list of preparations. It’s not the biggest priority, but nevertheless, it’s been weighing on your mind….What should you do with your Houseplants?

First of all, if you have enjoyed them, but don’t feel particularly attached, consider giving them to a friend or neighbor. If it’s just way too big to move, and it’s the kind of plant you can start again, take a cutting from it, and leave behind the rest.

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But if you do decide you just can’t part with some, here are some tips to keep help them survive the move:


  1. Give them a good pruning. The less far-reaching branches on the plant, the less likely they are to break. Also, it will make them a lot easier to pack and move. You have enough other treasures to fill up the space.
  2. Inspect for any kind of pests. *see note below*
  3. Water them a couple of days before you move. You want the soil to be moist, but not too wet. (Remember, most plants can go about a week without being watered.)
  4. Repot them in plastic pots. Both for weight reasons and protection, plastic works better than clay/ceramic which are heavier and more likely to break if accidentally dropped or jarred.
  5. Place 1 or 2 inside a moving box, and place wads of packing paper or bubble wrap around the bottom of pot to secure them. Make sure they stay upright in your vehicle.
  6. If possible, keep the box lid open. If not, be sure to poke holes to ensure they get air.
  7. If you are staying overnight somewhere, remember to bring them inside with you. (Especially if the weather will be extremely hot or cold overnight.)
  8. Once you arrive in your new home, take time to replant them in their original pots, water them, and return them to a similar “environment” to your former residence.

 Keep in mind:


  1. Some states have laws regarding certain plants, and are strict about what can be brought into the state to protect against pests, etc. Be sure to research ahead of your move.
  2. Many moving companies will not transport plants, so plan accordingly.