More and more of us are warming to the idea of having plants in our homes, house plants, terrariums and potted plants are having a revival in our homes, but if you move to a new house what is the best way to manage your plant move?

If you live in a house with a garden, then you probably have a number of garden plants or even small shrubs that you would love to take with you. Remember that any large plants, shrubs or trees you remove from a garden must be discussed with the new owners to avoid unpleasantness later.

How to move with plants

The good news is that with some preparation there is no reason why your plants will not survive a move.

Step 1. Get strong cardboard boxes which you can use for transporting small potted plants.

Step 2. Poke several holes on the lid and the sides of each packing box so that your plants get sufficient air while in transit.

Step 3. If you insist on moving some garden plants, shrubs, or even a sapling, then you’ll have to dig it up together with its root system. Water the plant and then dig up a circle around it so that you can remove the entire root ball intact.

Step 4. Wrap clay pots in damp packing paper, then place one sheet of dry packing paper over the moist layer. Wrap plastic pots in dry packing paper only.

Step 5. Create a protective sleeve from hard paper that matches the total height of each potted plant. Position that protective paper over the plant and tape it to the pot. Consider placing support stakes for your taller plants and tying up their foliage with pieces of twine to minimise any type of shifting.

Step 6. Transfer the protected plants into packing boxes of appropriate sizes – there should be enough room between the tallest plant in the box and the lid of the moving container.

Step 7. Arrange the pots close to one another and place crushed paper between to eliminate any harmful contact during the move.

Step 8. Close up the boxes. The ventilation openings you made earlier along the containers should provide enough air for your plants. Nevertheless, refrain from taping the lids firmly.

Step 9. Take a black marker pen and write PLANTS, FRAGILE, and THIS SIDE UP on two sides of each box.

What to do if you don’t want to take your plants

If you cannot or don’t want to take your plants with you then you have a few options on what to do with the plants you have lovingly cultivated for so long.

  1. Leave plants where they are. If possible, speak with the new home owners or renters to make sure they will take good care of them.
  2. Gift plants to friends or neighbours. What could be a better farewell present than gifting a bunch of beautiful house plants a person who’s meant so much to you?
  3. Donate plants to local organisations.