The concept of packing up your house may be simple enough, but when it comes to your houseplants the process may be slightly more complex. House plants are amazing for the home. They have been shown to increase mood, help prevent colds, and even enhance oxygen in living spaces. Unfortunately, there is one problem with house plants – if you’re not a green thumb, house plants are notoriously easy to kill accidentally.
Your house plants are living, breathing organisms that require special care to thrive, and this is especially the case during a move. And, if you’re moving out of state, there is some additional prep work required to not only ensure that your plants arrive unharmed, but to also comply with the law.
We’ve outlined some best practices to follow for transporting plants. That way, you can continue to enjoy all the benefits of houseplants in your new home.
Undeniably, your houseplants are a special component that makes your house a home. Perhaps you’ve spent a long time growing them, or they may hold some sort of sentimental value. Regardless of the reason why you want to bring them with you, whether or not you should (or legally can) take them with you will depend on two factors: state growing conditions and local guidelines.
When it comes to moving houseplants, you need to consider that not all plants can thrive in every environment. Although keeping vegetation indoors can make them very resilient, they can still be impacted by either moist or very surroundings. Before you think about relocating your houseplants, factor in the available light, climate, and regularity of rainfall at your new home.
You can also consult an online resource like the plant hardiness map from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine if your new home is ideal for your houseplants.
If you’re planning on moving plants across state lines, you need to do your research first. Some states have very strict guidelines pertaining to houseplants. For example, some only permit plants that are potted, have been keep inside, and are in a particular type of soil. You can expect to find especially strict requirements in the following states:
The USDA, in addition to other federal agencies, has a set of rules in place that dictate the shipment of plants. By doing this, they are able to minimize the spread of destructive insects, diseases, or other vermin that some plants may carry. Before you think about moving your plants, make sure that you check the local guidelines and laws in the state that you are moving to.
If you are either not permitted or it’s simply not a good idea to bring your plants along with you to your new home, you might consider leaving them behind with family, a friend, neighbor, or even donating them to a local nursing home or hospital.
Since houseplants are very delicate, it’s vital that you know how to pack them properly to ensure their safety during transport. Keep in mind that many moving companies include plants on their “Do Not Ship list” due to the lack of water, airflow, and sunlight in moving trucks. However, there are a number of ways to get your plants to your new home.
What you’ll need to pack your houseplant:
Once you’ve assembled on the materials you need to safely pack up your houseplants for transit, follow these steps to execute the packing successfully:
When it comes to the actual moving of your houseplants, you essentially have three options to get them from one state to another:
If you’re flying to your new home, you can generally take houseplants on the plane with you. However, in order to comply with TSA regulations, you want to make sure they don’t carry too much water or surpass carry-on limits. Check with your particular airline for their specific requirements regarding plants.
Shipping is another option for getting plants to your new home. So long as you adhere to each company’s guidelines, you can send them through FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Contact your local shipping office for restrictions, as they vary from shipper to shipper.
It’s recommended to take additional measures to secure plants when shipping them through the mail. Also, depending on the time of year, you may need to protect them from extreme temperatures by insulating the package.
Taking plants with you to your new home is obviously the fastest and safest option. Putting them in the car during your road trip allows you to regulate the sunlight and water they receive during the trip. Avoid keeping them in the truck of your car, as this will restrict air flow.
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