Can I Put My Plants In Packing Boxes?
Can I Put My Plants In Packing Boxes?: A Guide To Moving House With Plants, Garden Ornaments, and Garden Furniture
When you think of moving, the first thing that comes to mind is packing up and transporting the items inside your house. However, not many people remember about things outside their home until later on. From garden furniture and ornaments to the plants and flowers you’ve spent a lot of time and money growing and cultivating, there are so many things you cannot just move without.
This, in turn, begets the question, “Can I actually move the plants and flowers in my garden?” This article aims to answer that question and make sure that you are all set for the big move! Additionally, we will be providing you with tips on how to pack and move your garden furniture, and helping you get your garden shed ready for the big move!
Can I Move The Plants and Flowers in My Garden?
The simple answer? Yes. However, if you are moving out of a rental home or selling your old house, then there are quite a few things that will prevent you from legally moving the plants and flowers from your garden.
If, for example, you choose to move plants that are in pots or pot-alternatives, then there wouldn’t be an issue with you taking them once you move out. Plants that are grown in the soil, on the other hand, are usually considered as fixtures, which means they are part of the property itself and are therefore items you cannot simply uproot and take as you please.
Instead, you will need to come into agreement with your landlord or buyer and stipulate in the paperwork that you are taking your plants that were grown in the soil. For the sake of this guide, though, we will be assuming that you have gotten the go-ahead to take whatever you please from your old property’s garden.
Moving Plants Into Your New Home
If you are planning on hiring a removals company for your house move, you should know that most removal companies will not transport plants, especially during long journeys, because the temperature in the moving van may cause damage to them.
Hence, it would be best for you to transport your potted plants in your own vehicle to make sure that they are provided with enough attention and stored in regulated temperature conditions. Keep them moist enough to stay healthy during the journey to your new home.
How To Move Shrubs, Young Trees, and Other Garden Plants
While moving potted plants is relatively easy, moving plants straight from your garden will prove to be a bit more challenging. Fortunately, there are several ways for you to move your plant into your new home. Here are some of the most common:
Uprooting or Transplanting
If you are considering uprooting garden plants that are already established, make sure to leave them in for as long as possible. Water your plants a day before digging them up to make sure that the roots are moist and that the ground is easy enough to dig.
When you dig, make sure to dig as far around the plant as possible. Make sure to keep the structure of the root as intact as possible. Lay the uprooted plant on damp sheeting or sacking, cover the roots with soil, wrap it all together, and then add a protective layer of bubble wrap to protect it from outside elements.
For plants and flowers that grow from bulbs or form clumps, you may simply split them up. Just take out the plant in its entirety, pull off a few bulbs and plant them into a pot with soil before returning the rest to the ground.
You may also slice shoots and a piece of root from a plant, temporarily plant it in a pot, and eventually re-plant them in your new garden.
If you are keen on moving your plants without necessarily disturbing your garden, you may cut them instead. All you have to do is cut shoots from the plant, remove the leaves except for a couple of pieces at the top of each, insert them in a cutting compost, and wait until they have enough root to be re-planted.
You may read more about stem cutting plant propagation here.
How To Pack Your Plants: Hard Plastic, Packing Boxes, and Plastic Bags
To pack potted plants, put them in open-topped waterproof or hard plastic boxes or trays to keep them all together and make them easier to transport. You may also put padding between each pot to make sure nothing gets broken during transport. Plastic bags are also an option for larger, potted plants that are able to stand on their own.
Meanwhile, for unpotted plants, you will want to use lined packing boxes to make sure they are transported as safely as possible. The lining in your box will provide insulation for your plants, thus making sure they are kept moist and in their most ideal temperature for as long as possible.
If you do not have any spare packing boxes after packing up the items in your home, you may also consider sourcing for free boxes, which you may easily find in retail stores, commercial centres, and recycling centres.
Moving Garden Ornaments and Furniture
You will want to treat your garden ornaments and removable light fixtures just like any interior ornament. Although they are usually more resilient than interior ornaments, it would still be possible for them to get damaged during transit.
So, after cleaning them up, wrap them with plenty of wrapping paper or bubble wrap and make sure they are placed in a sturdy, robust cardboard box.
Meanwhile, for garden furniture, you will want to hose them down or clean them with multi-surface cleaners. Afterwards, dismantle them if possible and wrap the pieces up with bubble wrap or wrapping paper, and pack smaller pieces into a cardboard box.
Packing Up Your Garden Shed
If you are looking to pack up a garden shed, begin by decluttering. Sort out your belongings and decide which items you want to take with you, which items you wish to donate, which items you want to sell, and which items you think you should throw in the garbage.
If you are moving with a removals company, take note of the items they cannot move, and consider those prohibitions while you sort through your stuff.
Once you have decluttered, categorise the belongings you want to pack before packing them up into their specific boxes. Seal them up and clearly label each box with their contents.
Now that you’re ready to move your garden into your new house do consider expanding on the types of plants in your new garden. Here are a few tips you may want to take into consideration while choosing some plants.