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Moving with or without your plants

 For whatever reason, you have decided to move and now need to organize everything and make the moving process as easy as possible. Moving all of your belongings and your furniture, organizing everything is a hassle, especially when after all of that, you look at your plants and have to make an important decision of what to do with them when you move.
We at Cross Country Movers know that the moving process is difficult which is why we have provided this article to help you decide on whether you should be moving with or without your plants
Moving with or without your plants

Can you move with plants? 

Be it small potted plants that you have grown in your apartment, or in case you’re living in a house. This may also include all of your garden plants as well. Whatever the case, you’ve worked hard to grow your plants, take care of them, and they have become a part of what your home is, and now you want them to come with you to your new home.

When it comes to moving and your plants, it’s important to decide what to do with them in the first place. This means weighing your options, and deciding whether you will say goodbye to them or take all the steps necessary to get them to your new home safely.
If you decide not to take your plants with you here are some options that will hopefully come in handy and prove useful to you.

Just leave them be 

There is a high chance that your plants won’t survive an interstate move. The most reasonable thing to do if you are moving to a different state might be just to leave them where they are. Nothing’s stopping you from asking the people who are moving into your old home to take care of them. But if your plants are rooted in your yard or are too big to take with you, you can take a cutting and try to re-grow your favorite plants when you move into your new home. 

Gift them 

      If you have any friends, acquaintances or neighbors who might share your interest in horticulture or you feel are trustworthy enough, you can gift your plants to them, and pass them on as a genuine gift, not just you doing what’s best for your plants. You could also consider donating them to a hospital, nursing home or a school. Your plants may be mobile, but if you suspect that they will not survive the moving process, make arrangements to give your healthy plants to your good friends before you start your move. 

Bring them along 

A few weeks before the move, remove all of the dead leaves and branches from your plants and give them a good pruning. A week before you begin the moving process, remove any dust, pests and weeds. 
1. Put them in plastic pots: To make moving your plants much easier, take them out of their heavy ceramic pots and planters and replant them new homes in lightweight plastic pots a few weeks before the move. 
2. Watch the temperature: If you can, transport your plants in a temperature-controlled environment, such as your car. If you have to stop at a hotel or motel for the night, bring your plants inside with you especially if it is an exceptionally warm or cold time of year.
3. Give them the correct amount of water: Cold and wet or hot and dry are very bad combinations for your plants. Even in an air-conditioned car, it is tough to keep your plants comfortable. If you are moving during the summer, make sure to water plants well on when moving and throughout the journey. If you are making a trip during the winter, keep the soil dry by watering them a few days before the move and don't water them until you get to your new home.  

Know the law  

If you are moving to another country, check with customs to ensure that you can take your plants with you, some countries will not allow you to bring certain species over their borders. Moving across state lines also require a little preparation; the United States Department of Agriculture requires inspections of plant materials that might be brought across state lines because of pest controls and local bans on growing certain plants. California has a reputation of being strict on what it allows across its borders, but there are other states that also monitor plants. 

Do not rely on a moving company 

Because of the regulations and the possible liability, plenty of moving companies refuse to ship plants with the rest of your household items. And know that if you pack your plants and have the moving company transport them unknowingly, you may void your contract with them and lose your insurance coverage if your other gear is damaged during the move. 

Shipping them 

It is certainly a risk to their health, but you can transport plants ahead of you via the mail. To do so, remove your plants from the pots, trim the roots and wrap the root ball in a wet towel and then in plastic. Pack the whole plant in a sturdy new moving box with an ample amount of newspapers and bubble wrap, make sure to fill the entire space in the box and lock it. If you have to, add some weight to the bottom of the moving box to keep it standing upright, then send it on its way labeling the boxes as “Fragile,” “Live Plant” and “This End Up”.
These useful tips on moving with or without your plants will hopefully help you in deciding and doing what’s best for your plants. If you have any questions about the moving process or our Cross Country Movers moving services feel free to get in touch with our Cross Country Movers customer support staff will answer any questions that you might have.