House plants

Two Weeks Before

  • Prune all your plants before packing. For further information, consult your local florist or plant book.

One Week Before

  • Put each plant into separate black plastic bags with a pet or bug strip, bug powder or pet flea collar. Seal the bags and store them in an area that is cool overnight. All pests will be killed in the soil and on the plants.

One Day Before

  • Put each plant into sturdy boxes (cardboard). Secure their bases with packing paper or slightly damp newspaper. Use wet paper towels to cushion all plant leaves and cover each plant with single layers of wet paper towels to keep the tops moist. Otherwise, for the plants you are not moving, cuttings can be taken from each one and stored safely by wrapping them in wet paper towels and placed in plastic bags.

Moving Day

  • Punch holes in the top of each cardboard box and label them with ‘DO NOT LOAD’ so the movers will not load them by accident. Close each box and seal with packing tape.

The Move

  • Park your car in a shaded spot during summertime. During wintertime, park your car in a sunny area.

Arrival Point

  • Unpack each plant upon arrival or as quickly as is convenient. Avoid stem breakage by unsealing the bottom of the boxes and lifting the boxes off the plants. Gradually introduce each plant to the sunlight to help them re-accustom to the light.

Garden Plants

  • Research the soil and climate conditions of your new area.
  • Gather seeds and store in airtight containers.
  • Dig up bulbs during their individual dormant seasons only. Pack a combination of vermiculite and dried peat moss with the seeds for protection and to allow a light medium for transport.
  • Keep gardening tools properly maintained. Sharpen clippers, shears and lawn movers’ blades. Apply thin coats of motor or household oil for the protection of metal parts and paint. Disinfect and clean sprinklers, hoes and rakes using household bleach. The bleach is a good disinfectant for many items.
  • Only some plants may be dug up for transport.

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