How Do I Move Plants?
Tips for Keeping Plants Healthy During a Move
What do you do with houseplants when moving? You've worked hard to cultivate healthy plants, and you want them to arrive that way after your move. As you prepare to go new places® with Atlas, use these tips on how to move houseplants to your new home.
- Follow our plant moving guide on preparing your plants before, after, and during your move.
- Ensure your plants can cross state lines. Many states and countries require inspections for plants and have restrictions on the types of plants that can enter their borders.
- Pack your plants securely so they won't tip over, and have plenty of fresh air. Atlas offers affordable packing materials for plants, and your local Atlas mover can explain what you need.
- Load plants as close to your departure time as possible. Avoid putting them in the trunk of your car.
- In warm weather, stop periodically in shaded areas and crack a window. Avoid exposing plants to direct sunlight at any time.
- Keep a comfortable temperature in your car. Cold weather, especially, can be hazardous to your plants. If needed, help protect plants by wrapping them with newspaper or paper bags.
- Water your plants only if they seem unusually dry. Otherwise, wait until you have arrived at your new home.
- If you travel for more than three days, bring plants indoors when you lodge and open cartons to expose them to light.
- Read our guide, "Common household plants and how to care for them", to treat ailing plants after the move.