Tips On How To Move And Prep Your Household Plants
It can be extremely difficult to figure out how to move your plants especially if you have a growing collection of plants to settle into your new space. As a good plant parent, you want to do everything possible to ensure that your plants are properly taken care of and safely delivered to their new home. But not to worry. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to prep and move your houseplants safely.
Here is how to prepare yourself and your plants for moving:
Think and plan ahead
To ensure that everything goes smoothly, you will need to plan. There is plenty that you have to think about. For instance, if you’ve been watering your plants consistently, you need to give them some time to dry out before attempting to move them. Not only does drying out your soil make your pots so much lighter but it will also make the process easier and less messy during transportation. Trying to move plants that have wet soil in them can be tricky and the last thing you want is to overcomplicate the process when you already have so much to deal with.
Consider nursery pots
Plants contained in nursery pots are typically easier to move than plants in huge ceramic pots. Trying to move a bulky ceramic pot can also be messy and can even extend your moving day. So consider transferring your plants to nursery pots so that when it is time to move, you can move them easily without making too much untidiness.
Cover the pot
Once you have dried out your soil, the next thing that you have to do is to cover the pot. You can use bubble wrap to protect it from impact but you can also cover the surface with an extra layer of plastic bag to prevent the soil from spilling out. When covering your pot, remember to leave the drainage holes uncovered, which will ensure that the roots are still breathing mid-transport.
Tie the foliage together
Now that your pot is covered, consider tying the foliage together to prevent the stems and limbs from breaking or getting damaged. You can use gardening Velcro to bring the stems and branches together before tying them up. Once tied, you will also want to protect the foliage from getting torn or punctured using something gentle like kraft paper. If you are moving during the winter season, covering the foliage up will also protect the leaves from frostbite.