How to Move Plants
11 Nov

How to Move Plants

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Your home looks like a greenhouse. There are plants everywhere you turn. You are the best plant parent ever. But now, you are moving and you don’t know how to move your plants. Most people wouldn’t understand how important your plants are in this process, but Mighty Moving does.

Plant moving can be tricky, but there are ways to make sure your green leafy friends are well taken care of. Check out these tips to find out the best way to move plants.

Preparing Your Plants for the Move

When getting ready for plant moving, preparation is essential. Follow these tips for the best way to prepare your house plants in the days leading up to moving day.


Keep taking care of your plants the way you have been, keeping the same watering schedules. If your plants are able to fit in your vehicle, make sure you skip watering them a couple days before you move, up until you get to your new home. You’re not going to want mud dripping in your car! Most house plants can tolerate seven to ten days without water with litter harm, but ensure the soil is moist in the pot.

Check for plant pests

Check your plants for any pests they may have, and prune any dead or dying leaves in preparation for the journey.

Use plastic pots or cartons

If your plants are in heavy pots such as terracotta or ceramic, you will want to transfer them into plastic pots or cartons before the move. This will help to save spaces, make it lighter to move and prevent any damages or accidents.

How to Transport Plants When Moving

  • If you can, place your plants in the vehicle in or near seats, buckled if necessary. For smaller plants, place their pots in an open box and buckle them in. Either way, don’t put your plants in the trunk—plants are sensitive to extreme temperatures and the truck can be too hot in summer, and too cold in winter.
  • Plants can also be affected by the heating/cooling from your car. Close or tilt away any vents near where your plant will be.
  • Use a bed sheet or other breathable material to wrap around your plant, be sure it’s not too tight. Ask at your local greenhouse if they have any tips for this. You want to make sure your plant makes it to your new home without any damage.
  • Just like any family member needing a pit stop, your plants need a break too. Mist them with some water and make sure they are situated for light.
  • Car windows can intensify sunlight, so consider a baby shade if you have a plant that’s especially sensitive to direct sunlight.
  • Put your plants in a good area as soon as you arrive in your new place. Water them and inspect for any damage too.

Best Way to Move Large Potted Plants

If you have a massive plant, you will need some help to move it. Use an appliance dolly to transport your Seymour-like friend and ask for help when putting it in your vehicle—you will want to make sure your plant will clear the top of your car or van. Bubble wrapping the pot will help it remain in one piece and a bungee cord will help keep it stationary during the transport.

Will Local Movers Move Plants?

Most professional local movers will accept moving plants if the distance is less than 150 miles and/or delivery within 24 hours. We suggest double-checking with your chosen local moving company.

Plants and Moves: Tough Decisions

As much as you want to bring every plant with you, you probably know that you may have to leave plants behind. Check with your local greenhouse if it’s possible to take a cutting from your plant to propagate it at your new home. Consider giving your larger, more cumbersome plants to your neighbor. It’s a great way to make sure your plants are taken care of, and it makes a wonderful gift!

Get help from knowledgeable local movers

If you are a plant parent and planning a local move in Chicago, contact Mighty Moving to help you with your move. Our moving crew is experienced with moving all types of things. Get a free moving quote online or give us a call at 855-699-8999.

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