The charm bestowed over a house by well-taken care plants and flowers is without a doubt immense.Just as immense is the feeling of loss faced with a relocation process that seems to leave dear favorite plants behind in the previous residence.
Moving plants is a delicate matter that should be performed accurately and carefully in order for the plants to make it to the new home sound and safe.
Nonetheless, many of the international and federal regulations forbidding the transit of living floral specimens form one place to another, the survival odds of the plants, and the amount of work involved in it, make plant relocation almost unheard of.
Find out if you can move your plants with you
Before you give up moving your plants with you, contact your local U.S. Department of Agriculture and check on the regulations pertaining to plant moving in your state and the states you will need to cross before arriving to your new home.
Ask the relocation company if they offer any plant shipping services. Since plants are considered perishable goods and are so delicate to transport, most moving companies will just say no to shipping plants, but still some may even specialize in this field. However, do have in mind to inquire about insurance policies and transport techniques.
Most moving companies do not cover any damage caused to the plants, and some will just place them together in the same truck with the rest of the boxes and belongings.
Making the odds higher
Should plant relocation not pose a legal problem, and should you want to go ahead with moving your plants, consider starting the process about 2-3 weeks before moving.
Make sure the plants are properly watered, pruned, and taken care of during the month prior to their relocation.
Three to two weeks before, transplant them accordingly from their pots, or garden, to plastic containers just big enough for the plants.
Moving plants from their familiar place to plastic containers will allow them to get ready for the trip and will allow you to check for any plant disease or undesired insects you may want to get rid of before the plant shipping takes place.
Two days before the moving water and prune your plants as usual. Like wise, take some of the cuttings of those plants you will be not taking with you and wrap them in news paper, placing the cuttings in small containers with water. This way they should survive a few days and be ready for transplanting at your new home.
On the day of the day of the plant moving, place them in a transport big enough to home all of them during the relocation drive. Be especially conscious about the whether conditions, temperatures and air quality you will be exposing your dear plants to. Any change in these conditions in relation to the ones they are use to may prove fatal to the fate of your plant.
Keep their air supply constant and sufficient. Once the plant moving is over with, make sure you place your plants in their intended location as soon as possible