Moving house can be a stressful experience for anyone, but it becomes even more so when you have to pack up all your plants and trees. Not only you have to move them safely and carefully, but they also need special care while they’re away from their usual environment. If you’re aware of the right ways to move plants and trees, however, it should still be manageable. Here we’ll discuss some important considerations that will help you get your plants out of their new home in one piece.
Plan Your Move
Before you start moving the plants, you should lay out the whole process so you don’t forget any steps along the way. It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of the move and lose track of how things are supposed to go. Write down the date of the move, the names of all your plants, and the method you’ll be using to move them. You’ll also want to take notes about the weather and other factors that might affect your move. The best time to move plants is sometime between early and mid-morning when the weather is calm and the sun is up. Moving at night or in the early morning will allow you to drive on unpaved roads less, making the move easier and safer for all involved.
Only Handle Organic Matter
When moving plants, the only things you should handle are the roots. Everything else, from the leaves to the flowers, should be completely off-limits. Instead of handling the plant itself, use “plant spritzer” sprayer to mist the roots, prevent the roots from damages during transportation in relocation. This is also the best way to transport cut plants since you won’t be contaminating the rest of the plant with dirt.
Additionally, you don’t want to risk damaging the plant by handling its leaves or stems, which could lead to rotting or disease. To use the sprayer, you’ll want to cut a hole in the bottom of a plastic bucket or another large container. Then, using a small drill, create a hole large enough for the hose to fit through. When you make the whole thread the hose through and fit the end of the hose into the container you drilled. You can now fill the bucket with water and use the plant sprayer to mist the roots of your plants.
Remove Wet Plants
When you’re moving your plants, you should try to remove any excess moisture from the leaves as much as possible. You can do this by placing the leaves in a paper bag and sitting on it until the excess moisture has evaporated. You can also wrap the leaves in a damp towel and then put them in a box or bin. It’s a good idea to label the box or bin with your address so that the movers know where to deliver the plant. When you’re ready to move the plant, use a hammer and nail to detach the plant from the soil. This will help prevent the plant from being damaged by the weight of the soil, which can be as heavy as a few hundred pounds.
Dry Plants Quickly and Completely
If there’s any moisture left in your plant’s leaves after they’ve been moved, you’ll want to quickly and completely dry the leaves out. You can do this by placing the plant in a paper bag and sitting on the bag until the leaves have dried. Alternatively, you can place the bag in a warm, dark place for 24 hours. If there’s still moisture in the leaves, you should also try to completely dry them out as soon as possible. The longer the leaves remain damp, the more damage they’ll be able to sustain before rotting or being destroyed by fungus.
Move Dwarf and Shrubs
If you have a collection of smaller or less-established plants, you’ll want to move them while they’re still small. The best method for moving dwarf or scraggly plants is to gently push them with your hands. This will prevent the plants from being damaged by their weight. The same goes for moving shrubs and small trees. Instead of trying to pick them up, you can simply take a shovel or shovel-like tool and gently push the plant out of the way. You can also use a small hose nozzle on the end of a long hose to move your plants around without damaging them.
Stake and Tidy Plants Before Moving Them
Before you begin moving your plants, it’s a good idea to stake the plants down so they don’t move. You can either use pea stakes or zip ties. You can also use these stakes to hold down the edges of your container, which will prevent the roots from escaping. When you’re moving your plants, don’t just dump them in their new containers. Instead, stand the plants up in their new pots and place pebbles, rocks, or other materials inside the container to keep the roots from escaping. Once you’ve staked your plants, you can also tidy up the new location using the same method you used to move the plants. This will help the new location to feel more like home.
While moving plants can be challenging, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. By planning your move, drying your plants thoroughly, and staking, mounding, and tucking your plants, you can move your plants safely and smoothly. Additionally, you can also move your plants by utilizing a plant spritzer and a shovel to gently push them around. And of course, there are multiple ways to move plants. Before you decide on the method you’ll be using to move your plants, make sure you’ve done everything you can to prevent damage.