Published on 25 Jan 2012

Moving your plants with care!

It is very likely that you will have to move indoor / outdoor plants from house to house, here are some tips for moving plants:

Keeping plants from shock: It is very important that your plants are protected from extreme temperatures during the move. Some house plants are susceptible to shock from prolonged vibration, not enough water and extreme temperatures. It's a good idea to water your plants a day or two before the move, so they wont leak into the truck or into your new home.

Water needs: Though most house plants can survive for a week to ten days without water, it's not a good idea to test that theory, as they can get ‘stressed' with the movement / move. But you shouldn't over water them, either - so be sure to keep them on your list of things to look after as soon as you get to your new destination. Plants should be moist, but not soggy, when being moved.

Darkness/light: It appears that indoor / house plants can tolerate darkness for up to a week, if you are storing them or if the plants have been in the dark for several days, expose them again to the light gradually, or they may be susceptible to wilting and sun scald.

Fire Ants - QLD Only: There is a very real risk of fire ants being transported when relocating even within the same suburb - anything with dirt must be cleared by the DPI (Department of Primary Industries) before being moved.

Legalities State Borders: If you're Moving Interstate, check federal and state regulations for quarantines or other restrictions, some states require inspections to ensure that plants are pest-free. Make sure that your plants are healthy before your move!

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