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How to Move House Plants Long Distance – A Short Guide
Moving is a period in a person’s life when it looks like there’s nothing else to do except packing, planning, purchasing supplies, and working out the budget. After packing delicate chandeliers and pricey electronics, you sure wonder how to move house plants long distance.
With our tips on relocating your herbs, you'll become an expert for traveling with a favorite plant
Believe it or not, this might be more complicated than moving a business to another state. Of course, it’s easy to say – just donate your herbs like you would donate other unwanted items, or give to your friends and family if they want to take them. But, what to do if that cactus has sentimental value for you? Or that sweet shrub you’ve put a lot of effort and faith into watching it grow? Are you moving into a smaller home or to a different climate?
Only herbs which have been kept indoors are permitted to enter
Herbs must be potted
The specific class of soil must have an entry permits
Of course, keep in mind that your new state’s overall climate is probably the crunch point. If the rainfalls are frequent, and your plant should have plenty of sunlight and dry conditions, consider leaving it with a neighbor or your family.
To have your lush corner in another home, you should transport your herbs in your vehicle safely
How to Move House Plants Long Distance – Moving to a New Home Stress-Free
The most crucial thing when it comes to relocation over great distances is to make sure your herbs survive the large gap and stay healthy along the way. There are several preliminary steps you should bear in mind before packing your lush flora. If you overlook something, the risk of drying or damage after the trip becomes much higher.
Preliminary Steps Are Important
Your herbs have to be in good condition, meaning dead leaves and branches are not desirable. You should remove them a few weeks ahead of the move, and take care of dust, weeds, and pests one week before. If you have large herbs, their pots are heavy and difficult for safe transportation. Transplant them in lightweight, plastic pots before the final day, and mitigate the whole process both for you and them.
If you’re moving across town, your herbs will survive even if you pack them in open boxes. However, traveling long-distance may be complicated since you need to provide them with lots of fresh air, sun, and mild temperature. Although too much water is not recommended while traveling, you have to be very careful during hot, summer days and provide sufficient moisture.
What Do You Need to Pack Your Herbs Properly
Plants are one of the items movers won’t move, since they are seen as species that require special treatment and conditions. But, if your herbs have permission to enter your new state, don’t worry. You can pack them appropriately, and they’ll reach your housewarming environment safely. Make sure to obtain the different packing materials such as:
A sturdy, small box for each pot
Sterilized potting soil
Packing paper or newspaper
After you transplant your herbs to plastic pots, use bubble wrap to pack clay pots, and place them in a moving box. A flea collar is vital if your herb has any pests – it’s the best way to draw them out. Make sure to get the required form if your state requires a certified inspection – a local agriculture department can take care of that.
Don’t Forget the Bag
When packing a potted herb, you’ll need a plastic bag. It should cover the pot and be tied at the base to prevent the soil from sifting. After that, your plant should be placed into a sturdy box, with enough newspapers between the sides of the package and pot, to reinforce the whole plant. Make the holes in the box for airflow and label the container with ‘Live Plant.’
Watering is necessary, but don't overdo it
Form Your Charming Bush by Cutting It
If you need to pack your lush greenery, it might be quite challenging. By performing several easy steps in advance, packing it won’t be a problem at all. Taking a cutting can make it easy to bring it to anew home.
Cutting your botanical friends will ensure a safe trip both for you and them
Search for the Right Way to Ship Your Herbs Safely
As we said before, professional movers usually don’t accept your plant to move it across the country together with other household belongings. And they most likely won’t take on packing them. Also, as living organisms, they can’t be placed in storage units while you’re house-hunting and wait for the apt moment when you’ll be able to take them over again. To be honest, in those conditions, your herbs could hardly survive the trip even if you’re relocating to the suburbs nearby. There are several options to consider and give your herbs a chance to meet your new place:
Put them in your vehicle
Ship your herbs by air
Send your botanical friends through the mail
If you opt for the plane or mail shipment, make sure to comply with TSA rules. Also, check if there are any restrictions if you choose the USPS, USP, or FedEx. The mail is not the most reliable way, but if you don’t have any other option, you should protect your plant from extreme temperatures, and choose the fastest shipping method possible. Also, if you choose to hire auto shipping services, you’ll see that many long-distance companies won’t allow herbs to travel in the car. Thus, if you’re planning to transport your car across the country, you should learn how car shipping works.
Don't rush and you will find the right way to transport herbs
Your Plants Like a Comfortable Temperature
When moving herbs in your car, your environment should be temperature-controlled. It’s much easier to supervise your herbs when they are placed next to you during transportation. That means you can protect them from too much sunlight, or water them if needed, but avoid overwatering the soil. It’s better to wait until you arrive at your new home.
If you didn’t have a clue on how to move house plants long distance, we hope we helped you solve your dilemmas and alleviate some moving stress. Although it’s not as easy as it looks, you could see it’s not too complicated. Just check on time what is a set of rules related to transporting the flora of your state and inquire whether there are additional specific requirements. Be ready to prepare your herbs as best as possible, and expect your move to be a breeze.