How To Safely Move Plants

In many ways, plants are part of what makes a house feel like a place of comfort. They offer a hint of liveliness, something pleasant and bright. When you have taken a lot of time out of your life to take care of certain plants, it can be difficult to think about getting rid of them when you move out. Luckily, plants can be transported during a residential move; all it takes is a little bit of preparation. 


Depending on the size of your plant(s), the difficulty in moving them will differ. Small plants would understandably be easier to move, whereas larger ones would take a bit more time and effort.  

Small House Plants 

These plants are much easier to move, since you can usually find a proper sized box to fit them in. We recommend stuffing any of the gaps in the box before taping it up, however. This ensures that the plant will not move within the box, possibly causing damage/loss of soil.  


A majority of moving companies will not handle plants, as they are more fragile and come with more difficulties, so it is best to have a vehicle that you can place them in for transport. This sees itself as a benefit because this way you can also regulate the temperature inside of the vehicle, maintaining the plant’s health.  


Houseplants that are on the larger side may need to be cut/trimmed before you transport them. If you are moving during a cold day, wrap your plants in a material such as newspaper to keep them as warm as possible. 


Plants are living things, meaning that you should take care of them appropriately. This means that they should always come with you to wherever you go during the moving process. Do not leave your plants in the car, as this can pose the risk of your plants dying/getting sick. If you are concerned about doing all of this stuff on your own, you have the option to pay to have your plants shipped. This can be costly, however, so do what is best for you and your budget. 

Outdoor Plants 

These types of plants can be a bit more difficult to move. Some of these kinds of plants may have to be left behind, as the process can often be too complex.  


Before you do anything, trimming them is a great idea. This makes them easier to move, and can help them grow back healthier when you are fully moved in. Another important thing to take care of before packing them is watering them nicely. This will guarantee that the plant(s) stay nice and healthy during the move. After these preparation steps are completed, you can dig the plant up, making sure there is plenty of dirt around the roots. Try to keep as much of the roots as possible, as these are a crucial part to the plants system. 


For smaller outdoor plants, the roots and dirt can be placed into a paper bag. Putting them in plastic bags is not a great idea, as this can cause the tree to not get any air. Putting them in paper allows them to breathe properly. If your plant is on the larger side, the root ball should be wrapped around in burlap. This keeps everything together, and can be left like this for a few weeks or so.  


Another important thing to remember is that you will want to replant them as soon as you get home. If you do not, they run the risk of getting sick and possibly dying. In order to maintain their health, make sure to get this out of the way as soon as possible. It is also important to note that the plants may not look as lively once you replant them for the first few days. No need to worry- chances are they are just getting used to the new soil. In most cases, they will perk back up again in a couple of weeks.  

How We Can Help 

When it comes to effective residential moving in Toronto, we here at Augusta Movers have exactly what you need. We are constantly exceeding expectations, and our team with years of experience are on call, ready to help you when you need it. Want to learn more? If so, be sure to give us a call at 647-783-8730 to book your appointment today!