Guide to packing and moving exotic plants

When moving to a new home, you want to bring everything you cherish and value with you. You surely won’t want to leave behind the plants that you’ve cultivated for months, if not years. However, as plants are living things, you’ll need to be a bit careful with how you move them, especially if the move includes them being in storage for some time. Your first step in making sure that your new plants arrive strong and healthy is hiring the best movers NYC provides. Then, you’ll need to learn a bit about packing and moving exotic plants. Luckily, you can learn the basics in just a few minutes, so you should have no trouble doing everything properly. Let’s get to it!

Do your research

You are likely already familiar with what temperatures and climates suit the plants you have, but you should always double-check before you decide to move them. Even if the plants thrive in your home, remember that you control the inside temperature, so just because they’re OK on the inside of your home does not mean that they can survive long inside a moving truck or car. Hiring the best packing services NYC provides can help in taking special precautions during packing that will help keep your plants safe. In addition, there is a chance that laws exist that regulate the plants you own. Before you start moving and packing exotic plants, make sure whether anything is prohibited to take cross-border, so you don’t have any legal issues. Even if regulations exist, you likely just have to register them and that’s that.

Plant in a pot.
Before you start packing and moving exotic plants you need to do a bit of reading.

Plan ahead

Before you start packing and moving exotic plants, you need to have a clear plan in place. First, you need to decide whether you will transport the plants in the pots they are in or transfer them to other pots (we’ll get to that later). Then, you need to have a clear layout in your mind of how everything will fit in the moving vehicle or storage unit. Exotic plants come in many shapes and sizes, so you may need to shift things around for them to fit in the back of a truck. It’s best to contact Astoria movers so that they can tell you the exact dimension of their moving truck. That way, you’ll be able to plan how to fit the plants, without scrambling at the last minute. 

Storing delicate plants can be complicated

Your best option is for your exotic plants to get from your old home to your new one directly. This will stress the plants out the least and you won’t have to do everything twice. However, we understand that directly transporting your plants is not always an option and you may need to store them for a while. If possible, try to keep the plants in storage for as short as possible. In any case, you can’t just rent the first storage unit you find – it needs to be climate-controlled. You can find cheap climate-controlled units at storage units Yonkers, so that should be no issue. If you rent a regular unit, you have no means of controlling the temperature. Unless the outside temperatures are suitable for your plants, climate-controlled units are the way to go. Plus, don’t forget to water the plants in storage.

Packing and moving exotic plants.
If your plants are going to be in storage, make sure to get a climate-controlled unit.

Preparations for packing and moving exotic plants

You should start preparing your plants about 2 or 3 weeks in advance. First, you want to prune them. You should prune anything that sticks out so that it doesn’t break during transport. You can probably get away with not pruning smaller exotic plants, but you should definitely do it for the larger ones. Then, you need to consider the pots you will transport the plants in. The goal of packing and moving exotic plants properly is for them to acclimate easily to your new home, and pots play a big part. You can take them out of the pots completely and wrap them in a soggy newspaper or some cloth, but that is neither necessary nor recommended. Especially for very long trips.

Your best option is to transfer your plants to a pot that you will use for moving. If your plants are in light, plastic pots, then you can transport them as-is and you don’t have to worry. However, if your plants are in heavy clay pots, you’ll need to transfer them to some lighter ones. First off, clay pots are heavy and will make loading and unloading the plants unnecessarily hard. Additionally, clay pots can break easily during transport, potentially causing damage to your other items and hurting your plants. Transplant them to the new pots about two weeks before the move so that they have time to acclimate. Finally, pay special attention that your plants are well watered in the last few days before the move. A well-fed plant is much more likely to survive the move undamaged.

Man watering plants.
Give your exotic plants a bit of additional love before you move them.

Moving the plants

If you’ve done all of the preparations correctly, packing and moving exotic plants won’t be too hard once moving day comes. The packing itself is mostly done (they are in their pots for transport, after all) you just need to protect them a bit more before the moving truck arrives. Roll up a piece of paper into a cone and place it on any protrusions to protect them from getting damaged. The main thing you need to worry about is how you will load the plants. In general, the plants go in last and come out first. You can place a few small items after them, but nothing heavy. Nothing goes on top of the plants. And that’s it. Once you unload them, give them a little special attention and they should be as good as new within a few days.

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