Got a green thumb? Want to make sure your house plants make it through your next big move intact? You can take them with you without harming them - here are some tips!

  • Call your local U.S. Department of Agriculture to check on regulations if moving from one state to another. Many states have restrictions on certain kinds of plants to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops in that state.
  • A couple of weeks before you move, prune plants to facilitate packing. Consult a florist or plant book for instructions.
  • A week before your move, put your plants in a black plastic bag with a bug / pest strip, conventional flea collar, or bug powder in the bag before you put the plant in. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight. This will kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.
  • The day before your move, set the boxes aside and mark "DO NOT LOAD" so they won't be taken with the moving van.
  • On the day you leave, close boxes, punch air holes in the top, and load in your car.
  • When on the road, be careful where you park your car. Look for a shaded area in summer and a sunny spot in winter.
  • Unpack the plants as soon as you can after arriving. Remove plants through the bottom of the box in order to avoid breaking the stems. Do not expose the plants to too much sunlight at first. Let them get accustomed to more light gradually.
  • If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings. Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.

If you ever have questions about moving (or buying a house to move into or selling a house to move out of), please give Zac a call at 404.564.7200!