Moving Day Timeline – One Day before The Move
No matter how much room you think there is in your car or moving van, when it comes to houseplants, there never seems to be enough. Therefore, pruning back your plant is not only essential, but it promotes all new growth and eventually produces healthier, bushier, and more attractive houseplants. Pruning also goes a long way in making all your plants much more compact to fit into the moving van or your car. Always check with a plant reference book or a local nursery to follow the best pruning procedures for each plant.
If you need to make some difficult but necessary decisions regarding which houseplants cannot be moved, consider taking cuttings of these specimens. This is a perfect solution if these houseplants are not only favorites but also desirable outdoor specimens for your new location. Besides, these stay-behind specimens are more than likely suitable for landscaping, and are sold with the house anyway.
Take all the cuttings during the time-frame as close to the final moving day as possible. wrapping them carefully in moist peat-moss or newspapers and place the cuttings inside plastic bags. Make sure these bags are kept unsealed to provide the cuttings with enough oxygen. Put the bags inside a suitable container and tied upright along with some light packing material to contain the moisture. This procedure should allow for the necessary survival during several days’ travel time.
One or two days before the final moving day, make sure to water your houseplants as you normally do. Be sure not to overwater, even if warmer temperatures might be expected. Overwatering of houseplants may promote the growth of fungus during transport in warmer weather, or they may freeze in colder weather.
Moving Day Timeline – Moving Day has Arrived
It is important to make sure your houseplants are close to being one of the last items to pack during the final moving day. This is so the houseplants are not confined too long or get crushed from being in their containers. This also ensures your houseplants will be one of the first items to be unpacked when you finally arrive at your new location.
It is generally accepted that houseplants will usually suffer from extended exposure to extreme temperature fluctuations, both heat and cold, and certainly from any lack of fresh air for any long period of time. Temperatures inside any moving van can be subject to freezing temperatures in the winter months, and intolerably hot during the summer months. Therefore, moving your houseplants in your own car is usually the best solution, because it allows you to provide them the necessary care they require during transit. It is wise to keep from transporting your houseplants in the trunk of the car due to a lack of sufficient oxygen, as well as potential exposure to temperature extremes.
Dish-pack boxes are a great solution for packing your smaller houseplants because of their adjustable compartments. Place plastic bags at the bottom of the box if the pots are still damp to prevent leakage or water damage to the box. If the climate is generally very warm at the time of your move, place damp newspapers around the houseplants to assist in keeping them cool during transport. Large cartons, such as wardrobe boxes, are perfect for taller houseplants. If you can fit more than one plant into these boxes, try to secure the bottoms of the pots to fit snug, and place damp newspapers at the base of the pots to maintain a moist environment. Use tissue paper to secure any larger branches and leaves. And don’t forget to punch a sufficient amount of holes in the sides of the plant boxes for adequate ventilation.
Moving Day Timeline – On The Road
Always remember just how unbearably hot any car or moving van can be during a sunny day. When it comes time to start loading your houseplants, put them in your vehicle last, and if possible, take the extra precaution of parking in a shaded location while packing, as well as during any stops on the trip. Of course, if the weather is on the colder side, you can always try parking in areas that get direct sunlight.
All your houseplants should endure the travel time to your final destination without the need for watering if you did so a day or two prior to moving day. During a longer trip, if they appear to be a bit too dry, give your houseplants some water when necessary. If the trip is longer than three days, and they are packed in covered containers, they may require some light. Open the boxes for a brief period during the day or bring them into your hotel room during the night. You can open the containers in the bathroom, and leave the light on. This should assist in their survival during the trip.
Moving Day Timeline – Home at Last
Obviously, your houseplants will be the first things to unpack upon arrival at your new home. One good unpacking method is to open the containers from the bottom to remove the houseplants from the underside, instead of trying to remove them from the top. This will avoid damaging the leaves and branches. Of course, your houseplants will more than likely be suffering from shock because of the entire moving ordeal. Locate a place for them out of the way of moving and unloading lines of traffic. Try to keep from placing them in direct sunlight initially, and allow them to get accustomed to the surroundings gradually. After a good application of care and attention in your new home, your houseplants should recover in time, and bounce right back to the fine condition and health they were before the move.
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