State Restrictions on Moving Plants
What you should know before moving plants.
Many countries & states have their own regulations on plants. Follow these rules to make sure you don’t risk fines when moving plants across state lines.
- Gypsy moths - 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. 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.You can perform the gypsy moth inspection yourself or hire a USDA-certified pesticide applicator to do it.
- State restrictions - Some states regulate the transport of certain plants. California, Arizona, and Florida are especially known for rigid restrictions on transporting plants. Check with your state's department of natural resources to learn what you should know before you move plants to another state. You can also find answers on these websites: Department of Agriculture, National Gardening Association, Better Homes & Gardens, and Texas A&M Horticulture.
- Sterilized potting soils - Most states require plants coming in to be grown indoors in sterilized potting soil, which you can find at your local lawn and garden shop. The label will help choose the right loam, peat, or sand mixture for your plant.
- Cuttings – Cuttings offer an alternative to moving your plants. 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.