Even if you don’t think your thumb is all that green, no doubt you have put a lot of time and effort into nurturing your houseplants. Naturally, when facing the problem of having to relocate them all to your new home, wheter it be a local or a long distance move, you will want to know the best ideas to make sure the transition goes as smooth as possible for all your potted friends. Here are a few handy guidelines to get the job done without letting all your botanical endeavors, and your patience, suffer from too much stress. Many of these steps can be taken before the moving company shows up.
Moving Day Timeline – Two Weeks before The Move
All houseplants are categorized in the moving business as perishable, since they are living organisms and require particular types of handling and attention to keep from being damaged or killed while in transport. They require oxygen, sustainable temperatures, and certainly adequate amounts of water. Because of these basic requirements, insurance policies do not cover losses or damage to houseplants. Moving companies generally will not accept houseplants for transport over long distances moves exceeding 150 miles. It is a good idea to contact your Montreal moving company at least two weeks prior to moving day and inquire if taking your houseplants is possible, or whether you will need to transport them independently.
There are certain agricultural states and provinces that maintain strict regulations regarding the transport of houseplants into their borders. Some produce important cash crops, and therefore are very protective of potential infestations of bugs or diseases that may be present on the plant-life you are transporting. If you are moving from one state or province to another, check if your houseplants will be allowed to cross these borders prior to preparing and packing for the move. Inquire at any local or regional Department of Agriculture to access these particular restrictions.
In most cases, these principalities require houseplants moving across their borders to be maintained indoors and in sterilized soil. If you currently have any houseplants that are in containers with outdoor soil, it is important that you transplant them into a sterilized soil. You can purchase this type of soil at local nurseries or garden centers.
Any type of ceramic pot packed with soil and houseplants are heavy to transport and are easily broken. In order to ensure both the plant and the heavier pots are not damaged, it is best to transplant them into less costly and lighter plastic containers. The transplanting process is a distressing experience for any plant, so it is a wise precaution to transplant them with enough lead time to ensure they will recover before moving day.
Moving Day Timeline – One Week before The Move
It is very important to examine your houseplants and the soil for any type or infestation of bugs, mildew, or any diseases that may be present. Perform all necessary procedures to eliminate these problems from your houseplants prior to the move to reduce the risk of contamination to your new environment. There are many safe and recommended methods to deal with these plant issues, so it is a great idea to visit your local nursery or even plant reference books for information on plant pests and the suggested types of remedies. Another good piece of advice is if you cannot cure the problem, definitely leave the problem behind.
One good method to eliminate bugs and also sterilize the soil is to place all your houseplants in the garage and activate a bug bomb, or place them in a plastic bag and apply bug powder or insecticides. Try not to store your houseplants outdoors after the treatment to keep new insects from returning to re-infest them. Be aware that most insecticides contain hazardous chemicals, so take all necessary precautions by keeping this activity away from pets and children, and be sure to follow the directions on each label.
come back next week for part 2…