Responsible movers won’t transport living things, and that includes pets and plants. Your houseplants are too fragile to leave to the back of a moving truck. It’s a combination of unregulated temperatures (too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter), and unpredictable movement (who knows how many hills and winding roads the moving truck might need to take).
There are two options when it comes down to moving day:
Option #1: Find your plants a good home. A close neighbour, friend or family member would love to receive one of your lovely houseplants as a farewell gift.
Option #2: Take the time to prepare them for the move.
If you choose to move your houseplants yourself, there are some steps you can take to help them make it through the move healthy and whole.
1) Prune your plants to make them more manageable to transport
2) Re-pot your plants into unbreakable containers and cover the top of the pots with plastic or fabric. If using plastic, be sure to poke small breathing holes.
3) Snugly pack the pots in a box using bubble wrap, towels, or other cushioning materials.
4) Keep the boxes upright and clearly mark them “DO NOT LOAD”.
5) Regulate the temperature in your car, keeping it similar to the temperature your houseplants are used to.
If you take the time to properly pack and care for your plants, you’ll find that houseplants are a great way to spruce up your new home almost immediately!