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If you've already invested heavily in plant life around your old home, it may be worthwhile to transport them to your next destination. Here are some moving tips for safely transporting your house plants

Moving Plants: How to Move Plants Part 1

Plants can bring life to your home, both inside and out. If you're planning to move and you've already invested quite a bit in your current home's greenery, then you may be thinking about bringing along a few of your favorite plants to brighten up your next place. While this requires some planning and special care, you can easily bring flowers, pachysandras and whatever else you might be growing with the right know-how.

This two-part guide will first cover moving tips for your plants depending on the distance you are traveling. While the advice is focused on house plants, it generally applies to outdoor plants, too, where sensible.

A quick trip across town

Moving an indoor plant is relatively easy compared to moving an outdoor plant, especially if you are moving within the same town or county. HGTV Front Door recommended simply packing the plants in their pots in open boxes. If you have clay pots, you may also want to transfer the plant into a durable plastic pot for the move. 

No matter the plant, however, you will want to safeguard against spills and breakage. The sides of your pots should be cushioned to keep them from breaking. In addition to cushioning, you should also make sure the box itself is durable enough to withstand any jostling and bumping that can happen during a car ride. You can either double-box the plant to prevent the container from collapsing or invest in an especially durable box. Also, don't pile up items around the box that could slip and fall onto the plant and crush it. In the same vein, don't stack the plant somewhere where it could fall and get damaged.

HGTV Front Door also recommended putting sphagnum moss - which becomes peat upon decomposition - on top of the pots of taller plants, and then wrapping the pots in plastic. This will prevent soil from spilling all over the back of your car. If you are moving in winter, it's also a good idea to wrap the plants in newspaper, as any exposure to cold could cause serious damage.

Prepare for the long haul

For longer trips that will take longer than a day, you will have to be much more careful in your care of the plant. Extreme temperatures could kill the plants: frost would freeze them, while heat could dehydrate them. They also require fresh air. You should leave windows open even just a little bit to allow for good air circulation, according to HGTV Front door. In addition to watering your plants, you should also take into consideration how much sunlight they should be getting. Place them closer to the windows if they require sunlight. If a plant requires little or no sun, be sure not to overexpose it to sunlight.

Longer moves also demand more preparations before moving. According to the moving company Atlas Van Lines, you should start preparing your plants nearly a month before moving day. At three weeks out, you should do any necessary repotting for house plants, as they may incur damage when changing pot sizes. You will want to prune larger plants at about two weeks before moving day. Not only will this make for healthier, bushier plants, it will also make them easier to handle during transport. Simply cut back newer growth. For flowering shrubs, you will want to cut just above a healthy bud, according to This Old House.

In the last week, you will need to check plants for insects and parasites, and better monitor how you water the plants. Watering too much could cause the plant to freeze or develop fungus depending on the weather. On moving day, be sure to pack them no sooner than is absolutely necessary.