How To Move Your House Plants

You have worked hard to cultivate healthy house plants, and you want them to arrive that way at your new home. If you follow these tips on moving plants, they will travel up to three days before they need attention.

Before Your Move

  • 3 Weeks Before Moving Day. Repot any plants in clay pots into unbreakable, plastic containers. The new pot should be big enough to hold the plant, without being too big. Jumping pot sizes can cause plants to respond poorly.
  • 2 Weeks Before Moving Day. Prune larger plants. Pruning will make packing easier and produce healthy, bushy, compact, attractive houseplants. You can prune by simply pinching back newer growth with your thumb and forefinger. Succulents (e.g., cacti, jade plants) and ferns do not respond well to pruning.
  • 1 Week Before Moving Day. Check plants for insects and parasites. If you apply insecticides, exercise caution and follow label directions.
  • 2 Days Before Moving Day. Make sure your plants are getting their normal dose of water. Keep in mind that during the winter months, roots saturated with moisture may freeze. In warmer weather, overwatered plants are subject to damaging fungus growth during transit.

Moving Day

  • Prepare. Start by packing your plants the night before or the morning of your move.
  • Wrap. Wrap large plants with an old bed sheet or tissue paper to prevent branches from breaking.
  • Position. Place each pot in a box so it fits tight at the bottom. You may use regular moving cartons, like dish packs, available from your Atlas Agent.
  • Pack. If necessary, pack paper in the box around the base of the pot to hold the pot in place. Punch air holes in the sides of the box and loosely fasten the lid so plants can breathe.
  • Label. Set the boxes upright and clearly mark the lids. This will help avoid loading them by mistake into the moving truck.
  • Control. Keep the temperature in your vehicle at a comfortable level. Cold and hot temperatures can harm your plants.

Once You’re Moved Into Your New Home

  • Unpack. Unpack your plants as soon as possible
  • Place. Place plants back in pots that are the same size as the ones before you moved.
  • Stabilize. Refrain from moving plants around until they become acclimated.
  • Heal. If your plant suffers from the transplant shock after your move, give it a few days to recover. If your plant still looks unhealthy follow Atlas’ Plant Care Guide on the most common household plants and how to care for them to treat ailing plants after the move.

Rules & Regulations Regarding Plants

Many countries & states have their own regulations on plants. Follow these rules under Atlas’ Restrictions Guide to make sure you don’t risk fines when moving plants across state lines.