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How to Move Your Plants the Right Way: Tips for Acclimating and Preparing for a Move

Are you thinking of moving your potted plants around? Consider the time of year, how much light and air they need, and the right kind of materials to pack them with, for maximum success. Read on for more tips on how to move your plants without causing them too much stress!

Protecting Your Plants When Moving

When packing plant pots for moving, the best way to ensure their safety is to place them in a box. Regular moving boxes, such as dish packs, are available from your Atlas mover and can be used to fit the bottom of the pot. To keep the pot secure during transport, it is important to pack paper around its base in the box.

Taking care of the basic needs of your plants is also essential when relocating them. Make sure that they get enough sunlight, heat, water and air. If the plant requires a lot of light, it should not be placed in an area too dark.

If the plant needs to be supported, you can use a piece of heavy-gauge wire, such as a wire coat hanger, bent into a loop with the ends embedded in the container’s potting mix. Green vinyl-coated wire is available in garden centers and online retailers.

Hardening Off Plants for the Summer

Once the pot is securely in the box, it should be wrapped with protective material such as packing paper or bubble wrap. To do this, place the pot on its side on top of corrugated cardboard or packing paper and begin to roll it towards the other side. This will ensure that all sides of the pot are completely covered by the protective material. Make sure to use enough material so that nothing breaks during transit. It is also important to secure any loose parts of your plant, such as leaves and branches, before placing them in a box for transport. Tie them together gently with string or twine and cover them with a layer of wrapping paper to protect against damage while moving.

Once your plants are safely in their boxes, it is time to start acclimating them to the outdoor environment. Before you move your plants out for the summer, acclimate them to the cooler temperatures and increased light intensity outside. Start by placing the plants outside during the day in a shady area and returning them inside at night for one or two weeks.

This process, known as hardening off, can help reduce the shock of transitioning from a greenhouse to the outdoors and will prepare your plants for their new environment.To harden them off, place them on a shaded porch or under a tree or bush for a couple of hours during the time of day when a light breeze is likely to be present. Gradually expose them to longer periods of sun and wind over the course of a week or two.

How to Safely Pack a Plant in a Suitcase

In some cases, it may be necessary to pack a plant in a suitcase. This can be done, but requires extra care to ensure that the plant does not get damaged during transport. When packing a plant in a suitcase, make sure to put it in a plastic bag first and then surround it with soft clothes or towels for extra protection. If the plant is small enough, you can also place it under your front seat as an additional personal item. Finally, make sure that your bag is closed securely and properly cushioned before traveling with your plants inside.

When transplanting large plants, it is important to dig the plant up with its root ball intact. As a general rule of thumb, for every inch of trunk diameter you need at least 10 to 12 inches of root ball diameter. Doing this will ensure that as much of the plant’s root system as possible is preserved and available for a successful transplant.

Ensuring Plant Stability During Transportation

In some cases, it may be beneficial to put a plastic bag over a plant before transporting it. Placing the plant inside a sealed bag will keep the humidity level at essentially 100%, meaning that your plant can survive for months without any water. This is because most of the water you normally apply to your plants is lost to transpiration and evaporation in an open atmosphere. To use this method properly, make sure that there are no holes in the plastic bag and that it is securely closed before transporting your plants.

Aside from the plastic bag technique, there are other ways to ensure that your plants stay in place. For example, roots are essential for anchoring plants and absorbing the nutrients and water they need. Stems also help to provide support for the upper part of a plant while transporting nutrients, water, sugar and starch throughout its body.

Lastly, carbon dioxide is essential for photosynthesis and enters through small holes in a plant’s leaves, flowers, branches, stems and roots.

Preventing Transplant Shock in Plants

When transplanting plants, it is important to consider the potential for transplant shock. Transplant shock occurs when a plant’s root system is disturbed during the process of being transplanted from one place to another. This can cause stunted growth, wilting and leaf yellowing as the plant struggles to adjust. To help reduce or prevent this type of shock, it is important to use a sugar and water solution at the time of transplant. This solution helps to replace nutrients that are lost during transplantation and can help speed up recovery from transplant shock.

Tips for Moving Plants Successfully

Preparing a plant for moving can be a daunting task, but with the right steps it can be done successfully. Plants should be repotted two to three weeks prior to a move in shatterproof containers such as plastic nursery pots. If you don’t have time to repot, wrap each planter in bubble wrap or place cardboard between pots to keep them from knocking. This will protect the plant’s pot and root system during transport and will help prevent damage or breakage during transit.

However, it is important to remember that plants don’t like to be moved around all the time. Mistake number five when it comes to taking care of your plant is moving it too frequently. Changes such as repotting, changing the room, etc., can disrupt the plant’s balance and have a negative effect on its health. Therefore, if your plant is showing no signs of distress or unhappiness then the best thing you can do for it is not move or disturb it in any way.

When it comes to moving plants in the garden, the best time to do so is during the dormant season from late October to mid-March. During this period, when the soil is beginning to warm up, it’s a good time to move deciduous plants. The roots can re-establish themselves quickly with this. For evergreens, however, it’s best to move them in October or March as they have a harder time adapting and may suffer damage if moved at other times of the year.


When relocating your plants, it is important to take into consideration their basic needs such as sunlight, water, and air. Make sure to use shatterproof containers when transplanting, and give the plant a sugar and water solution to help it recover from shock. If the plant is too large, make sure to dig and replant it with the root ball intact. Finally, take the time to harden the plant off to the new environment by gradually exposing it to the temperature, light, and wind intensity. With these simple steps, you can move your plants successfully and keep them healthy.