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Moving house with plants can be difficult because they are so fragile. Although there will always be some risk because of the difficulty of protecting something that needs air, light and water, there are steps you can take to prevent damage.
Start preparing several weeks before you move, by pruning the plants to get rid of any unwanted material. If you aren’t sure what to do, consult a plant-care website. Around this time, you should transplant them into sturdy plastic pots, so you can clean and pack any fragile ceramic ones. Don’t leave this to the last minute as plants need recovery time after transplantation.
What’s the best container?
You’ll need a sturdy box, but a plastic one can result in too great a rise in temperature, so one constructed from strong cardboard would be the best option. If you have to use a lid, remember to make some ventilation holes, which not only allow air into the plants, but also help to suppress the temperature.
The last few jobs
On the evening before moving, water the plants and line the base of the box with a bin bag. On moving day, place pieces of wet sponge in the pot, then gently insert padding between the branches; kitchen roll is ideal. Finally, use a large sheet of light material, such as tissue, newspaper or even pieces of bed sheet, to wrap the pot and plant; bring the protective wrapping to a higher level than the top leaves and fold over, protecting the entire plant. Make some small holes in the wrapping for ventilation. When each individual plant is protected, place the pots in the box with some packaging material in between them to prevent excess movement.
It’s better to transport plants in your own car, where the temperature is likely to remain relatively constant, so most removal firms will be unlikely to take them in the van or will not be liable for the plants. If this is the case, mark the box with ‘DO NOT LOAD’ to prevent misunderstandings. As soon as you arrive, unpack the plants, and water them.