You've worked hard to cultivate healthy house plants. And you want them to arrive that way at your new home. As you prepare to go new places with Atlas, use these tips for moving plants. If you have questions, as your Atlas Account Representative. We want your move to be a complete success.
Transport house plants in a temperature-controlled environment, such as your car. Atlas does not transport perishable items over long distances; extreme temperatures and lack of fresh air in a moving van can be fatal. However, for distances under 150 miles and trip times shorter than 8 hours, Atlas may offer service. Talk to your Atlas Account Representative about the best option for your plants.
When your Atlas Account Representative conducts the moving survey in your home, let him or her know you intend to take your plants. Atlas offers affordable packing materials for plants, and your representative can explain what you need.
If you have questions about caring for specific types of plants, see the chart below for tips on the ten most common house plants. You can also find answers on these websites: Department of Agriculture, National Gardening Association, Better Homes & Gardens, and Texas A&M Horticulture.
USDA requires an inspection and certificate when you move from a state infested with the gypsy moth to a non-infested state. The inspection applies to all common outdoor items that may carry the gypsy moth. You can perform the inspection yourself or hire a USDA-certified pesticide applicator to do it. Your Atlas Professional Van Operator will keep the certificate during the move and be ready to present it at any time. Download and read this booklet to learn how you can comply with the law and keep your move free of gypsy moths.
Some states regulate the transportation of certain plants; California, Arizona and Florida are known for especially rigid restrictions. Check with your state's department of natural resources to learn what you should know before you move plants to another state.
Most states require plants coming in to be grown indoors in sterilized potting soil. You can purchase sterilized soil at your local lawn and garden shop. The labels will show you which mix contains the loam, peat, or sand your plants need.
If you cannot take your potted plants, consider cuttings. Wrap the cuttings in wet moss and newspaper and place them in unsealed bags. Place the bags in a carton and fill in around them with light packing material. Cuttings can survive several days of travel and take root when potted at your new home.
Follow these tips, and your plants will travel up to three days before they need attention.
Three weeks before moving day. Repot plants from clay pots into unbreakable plastic pots of the same size; changing pot sizes may harm plants.
Two weeks before moving day. Prune larger plants to make them compact for easy handling and transport. Pruning also yields healthy, bushy, attractive plants. To prune, simply pinch back newer growth with your thumb and forefinger. Do not prune ferns and succulents (e.g., cactus, jade plants, aloe).
One week before moving day. Check plants for insects and parasites. If you apply insecticides, exercise caution and follow label directions.
Two days before moving day. Water your plants normally, taking care to not overwater. Too much water can cause plants to freeze in cold weather or promote fungus growth in warm weather.
With your planning and careful attention, your plants made a successful move. Like you, they are now ready to flourish in their new home.
|Philodendron||Leaves droop||Too hot and dry / soak thoroughly, move to a cooler spot.|
|Leaves turn yellow||Too wet / check drainage holes, let dry between waterings.|
|Ficus||Leaf drop||Too wet / allow soil to dry before watering. Too cold / move to brighter, warmer place.|
|Brown leaves||Hot, dry air / use cool mist humidifier.|
|Lanky leaves||Too dark / move to brighter spot.|
|Boston Fern||Spindly fronds||Pot is too big / let it get root bound. Fertilize.|
|Brown fronds||Dry air / use cool mist humidifier.|
|African Violet||Spots on leaves||Water on leaves / remove spotted leaves, water plant from the bottom to avoid getting water on leaves.|
|No flowers||Too dark / increase light intensity and fertilize.|
|Aloe-vera||Leaves topple over||Too rootbound / repot, or divide plant.|
|Leaves wither||Too dry / water a little more often.|
|Leaves droop||Direct sun / move to more filtered light.|
|Parlor Palm||Brown leaf tips||Dry air and soil / mist and increase water.|
|Schefflera||Blackened leaf tips||Soggy soil / reduce water.|
|Leaf drop||Cool air / move away from drafts.|
|Spider Plant||Brown scorch marks on leaves||Leaf shine damage / clean with pure water|
|Rotting in center||Too wet / allow to dry before watering.|
|Brown leaf tips||Too hot & dry / move away from direct sun, water more often.|