Moving House? Tips For Moving Garden Plants To Your New Home…


Is It Possible?

Whether you’re moving from one part of the country to another, or to a new county entirely, there may be factors which prevent you from bringing your plants with you. So, before embarking on your move, you’ll want to check out the species regulations for your new city or country to make sure you don’t run into any walls along the way – you don’t want to risk having your beloved plants taken from you! Aside from the legalities of moving plants, some well established plants simply cannot be dug up and re-planted without facing stunted growth or even death. So, make sure to check our the specifics for your species before making the move.

Renting/Selling your home

If you’re renting your current residence, you’ll probably be expected to return the place back to how it was prior to moving in, so digging up your plants is unlikely to cause an issue.

On the other hand, if you’re selling your home and don’t dig up the plants before listing your home on the market, make sure you clarify your intentions to the estate agent and/ or new owner to make sure there’s no issues. If the buyer isn’t pleased with you depleting their  new garden, you could opt to take some cuttings instead. Purchase some floral tubes, fill them with water, then cap them. This should ensure that your cuttings arrive ready for your new home and garden.

Hiring Movers

If you’re hiring movers to help with your removal, be aware that most firms’ insurance doesn’t cover damage that may be endured by your plants during the move due to the fragility – some companies don’t even allow plants to be transported at all.

So, if your plants mean a great deal to you, you’re probably best finding a more suitable method, which we’ll outline below.


Moving Them Yourself

Moving the plants yourself is a great option if you want to keep a close on them throughout the journey. Get some sturdy boxes, line them with plastic and place your plant inside – making sure to poke some holes in the plastic to let your plants breathe.

If you’re moving relatively far, say across country, you’ll need to be more diligent with packing plants. Make sure that the soil is moist, that the pots and foliage are protected, and that nothing is going to tip over if you need to slam the brakes. However if it’s a shorter journey you may not need to go to such great lengths.

To be careful and ensure your plants have the necessary protection, you’ll also want to bag or wrap tall plants in plastic, and aim to handle fragile branches or stems as little as possible.


Taking Care Of Your Plants Post-Move

Upon arriving at your new home, make sure to remove plastic immediately, take the plants out of their boxes and give them some water and plant food.

If you had transplanted them into temporary plastic containers and wish to revert them back to the original pots, give it at least 7 days before doing this, since it can be difficult for plants to adjust quickly. Also keep an eye out for your plants progress after the move – changing location can cause stress which sometimes leads to stunted growth or death.


We hope this article comes in helpful!

Remember, if you’re located in or around Glasgow and want to avoid the typical stress of moving home, get in touch with us here, and we’ll be delighted to discuss the specifics of your move.

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