Moving Your Houseplants? 3 Things To Do First

When you move into a new home, you may be looking for ways to make it feel vibrant, colorful, and homey. While bringing along your houseplants can seem like common sense, there are actually a lot of things to think about before you load your favorite plants into the back of a moving truck. Here are three little things you should do before moving your houseplants and why. 

1. Check State Regulations

Since foreign plants should be introduced to local ecosystems carefully, many states have rules and regulations about transporting houseplants into new climates. Before you start packing up your houseplants, check your state's regulations and the state's regulations where you plan to move. If you are moving locally, you shouldn't have any problems. However, if you are moving across state lines, you may not be able to bring your plants with you. 

2. Think About Light and Humidity Conditions

Plants require a careful touch to stay healthy, and unfortunately, the relocation process can be quite hard on living foliage. If you are eligible to move plants, think carefully about how long the journey will take, how much light and humidity they will be subjected to, and whether or not they can manage the trip. Consider moving plants in a way that allows them access to light and natural air, such as on the inside of a windowed mini-van. Water plants before the journey, so they aren't parched by the time they get to their destination. 

3. Evaluate Plant Health

Before you move to a new place, try to think carefully about whether your plant is currently healthy, and whether or not it's even worth it to try to move it to a new place. If your plant is thriving, relocating it is a great idea. On the other hand, if you have struggled with a certain plant and it doesn't appear to be doing well, you may want to discard it before moving, or gift it to a friend who also likes plants. That way, you don't waste time or energy moving something you don't want anyway. 

Anytime you are thinking about relocating, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional team of movers in your area for help and advice. In addition to giving you an estimate on costs, they can also give you important information about how to prepare for moving teams to come in and take care of the work.