Don’t move without your plats – here’s how to go about it
You need to move, but what do you do with your plants? If you are not attached to any of them, the best option is to leave them behind. Give them to trusting friends or neighbors. Donate them; hospitals and charities are a good place. Interior plants are beneficial to our health and often compliment our living environment.
If however, you plan on moving some or all of your plants, you will need to inform yourself of the laws. It’s not as simple as putting them in the car and driving, unless you’re moving within the same state. There are state and federal regulations to comply with. You will also need to take into consideration that many moving companies do not move plants, mostly due to these regulations. They are Non-Allowable Items.
Moving Your Plants
Firstly, decide which plants you will be taking. You must then contact the Department of Agriculture for each state you will drive through and find out what the states regulations are. You can find a list of contact information for each state here at National Plant Board.
Once you check the guidelines per state, you may find that one or more of your plants will not be permitted across state lines. If this is the case, you must leave the plant in the original state or face large fines if you do try to bring it across state lines. Your plant/s must meet standards set by the Department of Agriculture, they may include:
Allow 3 - 4 weeks prior to the move date to have your plants inspected. If they do require treatment, there will be time to prepare them. The plants may also need to be inspected at each state border, as they must be declared. Pack plants in such a way that it is easy for them to be inspected.
Packing And Preparation
Water your plants as normal. Closer to the upcoming move date, make sure not to overwater, as weather conditions could effect the plants by either freezing in the cold or causing growth of fungus in warmer environments. Two days prior should be the last day to water the plants before their journey begins.
Moving day has arrived and its time to pack your plants. Whenever possible, wait until the day of the move to put plants inside boxes.
Not all plants will make it through a move, especially the more delicate ones. It is important that one is aware of this. Plants are fragile living organisms and moving companies cannot accept liability for the safe delivery of any plants being moved.
Unpacking Your Plants
Plants should be unpacked immediately upon arrival at the new destination and remain in the plastic pots for a while. Let them settle and try not to move them around too much. Give them time and water before transplanting them back to decorative pots. Once the plants are unpacked, you can begin Unpacking Your Home After the Move.