5 Tips for Moving Your Plants

At Oakley Relocation, we understand that our customers may have invested a lot of time, money and care into their gardens and landscaping. There may also be plants that you have nurtured and watched grow for many years and you will want to relocate them to your new home.

We have provided some tips below as a starting point to help you with relocating your plants. It is always recommended to do research regarding your plants and contact a greenhouse if you have questions on specific care instructions.

Pick and Choose Wisely

If you have valuable or rare plants in your home or garden, you will likely want to take them with you. If you are selling your home, be sure that the buyers are aware that you will be taking some of your plants with you. Many times gardens and landscaping are part of what has attracted the buyers to your home. If you are moving to another state, you may have to contact the US Department of Agriculture, as some states will not allow certain plants to be brought in.

It may benefit you to do some research and find out which plants might be troubled by the move. Also you may want to find out if the soil is good for the plants you are thinking of relocating, this way you can be sure your plants will be happy in their new home.

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Planning the New Garden

This is the fun part! Start by drawing out a map with dimensions of your new garden. This will help ensure you have enough space and it will help you choose the right plants for the space you have. If possible, it will help to dig holes ahead of time and make sure the soil is nutrient rich. Measure out how much square space you will need L x W x H and make sure you vehicles have enough room to transport the plants.

Moving Preparation

If you have the flexibility, it would be best to move when the plants are dormant (fall/winter). If seasonally appropriate, you should prune the plants to reduce the size. If you will not be able to transport certain species, you can take cuttings from them. You should wrap each cutting in wet newspaper or moss and then place in an unsealed Ziploc bag. You will want to be sure to plant these cuttings within 3-5 days.

Re-pot smaller plants for transportation in nice soil with compost to ensure they have everything they need. It is recommended to do this at least a couple months before the move.

Moving Indoor Plants

If you will be moving indoor plants it is recommended that you re-pot them in plastic containers for the move. Terra cotta and ceramic pots that are full of soil will be very heavy and breakable. Putting these plants into the lightweight plastic containers will help protect your plants during transportation. Make sure you cover the plants if you are in cold weather or will be transporting in areas where the temperature will be noticeably different from where you are taking the plants from.

Pot-less Plant Prep

The day of the move, dig up the root ball and ensure the soil is damp before wrapping in plastic sheeting. If it is really cold you may need old blankets for added insulation. If it is very hot, spritz plants with water instead of normal watering. Plants, whether indoor or outdoor, should be the very last thing that is packed. This will help limit the time they spend out of their element.

Plants are considered perishable items since they need specific conditions to survive. Extreme temperatures and lack of fresh air in a moving truck can be fatal for your important plants. Here at Oakley Relocation, we recommend that you make plans to transport the plants in your vehicle. Depending on the weather and the distance of the relocation you will be able to take better care of the plants along the way.

If you will not be able to transport the plants be sure to let one of our representatives know to make sure we can accommodate your request. Many people successfully move their favorite plants from a garden. With some prep and care, the move can be good for everyone. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us (858) 602-1010.

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