Before You Begin:
Use the proper packing materials. It will pay off in the long run! Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and packing peanuts can all be purchased at Storage Facilities, Home Depot, Staples and other shipping companies in your area. Other great types of reasonably priced padding for your boxes include wadded up newspaper, old pillows and blankets.
The following is a list of tools & materials to make your packing go more smoothly:
-Razor Knife and/or Scissors
-Boxes of all size (Medium Home Depot Size Box is average)
Real Plants (Tall)
can take your real plants (depending on size) but depending on the distance you're moving and the season, we can not guarantee they will survive the trip. This being said, we do have special ways to carry them though will have other suggestions on this page.Real plants don't like closed in spaces, so the least amount of time they have to spend in the truck, the better. So to start things off, we'll mention it: We
If you are moving longer distance, we simply place the plant in a wardrobe box and put another upside over it. This way, the plant is protected from the elements (weather, etc.) though again, we can't always guarantee they will survive the trip so if possible, it is best if you can take the plants yourself.
House Plant Check List
A Couple Of Weeks Before You Move
Prune plants to facilitate packing. Consult a florist or a plant book for instructions.
A Week Before Your Move
Place your plants in a black plastic bag, along with a bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar or bug powder. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight to kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.
The Day Before Your Move
Place the plants in cardboard containers. Hold them in place with dampened newspaper or packing paper. Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist. If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings. Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.
Upon Arrival At The New Location
Unpack the plants as soon as possible after arrival. Remove plants through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking the stems. Do not expose the plants to much sunlight at first. Let them get gradually accustomed to more light.
Research climate and soils of new home.
Seeds - gather and store in an airtight container.
Bulbs - dig up during their natural dormant season. Pack in a mixture of loose dry peat moss and vermiculite to provide a lightweight and protective transport medium.
Garden tools - sharpen blades of clippers, lawn mowers and shears and apply a thin coating of household or motor oil to protect the paint and metal parts. Clean and disinfect rakes, hoes and sprinklers. Household bleach can be used to disinfect a variety of items.
Plants - some plants can be dug up and transplanted. Again, we prefer if you can bring the plants yourself as they don't always like being in enclosed places such as the back of the moving van.
Other Plant/Garden Enquiries
Plants, to some, can be like children and have to go with you everywhere you go. We understand! So whether you have great-grandmothers rhubarb plant from 1936 or your 26 year old son's Honeysuckle he brought you in Kindergarten in 2000, we will do our best with finding the best way to transport it.
Questions? Contact us and we will be do what we can.