Moving houses is a daunting process, but it doesn't have to be a nightmare. If you have plants in your garden, deciding how to move them is just one more thing to think about. This article will go through some tips and information on how to move plants successfully from one house to another without them dying or being damaged.
1. Get your gear ready
Pots, labels, pens, markers are essentials. Even if you don't feel like you'll need them you never know what will happen so it would be best to have them handy just in case. Be sure that these items are large enough for the plant that they will be used with—many pots are available in various sizes and shapes so make sure they are appropriate for each plant as well as larger than the root ball of the plant.
2. Let the soil dry out
To minimize damage to the plant, it is best to let the soil in both the pots and the ground completely dry out before you even begin moving them. It will be best to let them dry out naturally, but if there isn't time for the natural drying method you can also add pebbles to help the soil retain moisture. Be sure that you still check every day to make sure that they don't dry out completely.
3. Take a photo and label each one
Before you move anything, take a photo of each plant and label its location so that, when it comes time to replant it in the new home, you can put it back near where it originally stood. This can also be used as a way to keep track of which plants are where.
4. Put the plant into the pot and check for root damage
When placing the plant into its pot make sure that you examine it thoroughly for any root damage or deformity from being moved. Root damage is the most common way that moving house kills plants, so make sure not to move them until everything looks fine. Until you have confirmed that the plant is unharmed, don't place it in its new house.
5. Do not water plants immediately after moving them
After moving a plant, it is best to keep it in the pot until the new location has been decided on and all of the plants have been moved, watered or repotted. Any plants once moved are likely to wilt quickly because they no longer have the soil where they belong.
For more information about moving special or sensitive items, contact removal services.