September 10,2019 | Moving Tips

Will the Moving Company Also Move Your Plants?


Finally, moving to a new home – Congratulations!

But are you still in a dilemma, what will you do with your beautiful houseplants?

Undoubtedly, you’ve devoted time, energy, and money cultivating these plants, and it’s only natural that you want to take them with you.

Moving houseplants to a new place is not as easy as it sounds. You need to confirm with your moving company, if they admit moving plants and also if there are any restrictions involved in transporting plants to other location (especially for long-distance moves).

In this article, we’ll tackle questions like whether or not you’ll be allowed to move your plants with you, and what will be some of the considerations regarding the same.

Do Moving Companies Move Plants as well?

At Two Small Men with Big Hearts – Yes, we do! But most moving companies have some restrictions on moving plants, so you’ll need to confirm with your company before you decide to book the move date and time.

While we would be happy to transport your beautiful darlings to your new place, there are some considerations:

First, it should fit within the box area of the truck so that we can transport them easily.

Second, please remember that we are not arborists, and if you have any concerns about temperature or if there are any transport rules for certain plants, you should consult your nearest greenhouse for suggestions.

Once you get all your instructions down, let us know the details, and we’ll prepare for moving your plants accordingly. Below you’ll find things you need to bear in mind before you decide to move your houseplants with you.

4 Things to Keep in Mind Before Moving Plants

Take Note of Provincial Regulations: If you’re moving to another province in Canada, you’ll need to check for restrictions on moving certain plants. Some regions require a certificate of inspection acknowledging that the plant isn’t diseased or bring any unwanted moths or other creatures that could contaminate the natural resources. For instance, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is regulated for three soil-borne quarantine pests – potato wart, golden cyst nematode and pale cyst nematode. Generally, spread through infested soil and items carrying infested soil, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulates the movement of soil and products from NL to the rest of Canada to save from these pests.

Maintaining the Right Temperature: Some plants need to be kept at the right temperature. This means they need a controlled space or else they’ll die. Moreover, some plants cannot survive in temperature below 30 degrees Fahrenheit or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not a big problem if you are moving locally. Nevertheless, if you are moving long-distance, you might need to check for your plant’s ability to sustain differential temperatures during travel.

Keeping Plants Moist: Most plants can survive up to 10 days without water. However, some plant species need more water to survive. If your travel is a bit longer, calculate additional days in case the delivery of things might take longer time. After you have determined the days, your plants can survive without water decide whether or not it’s safe to transport your houseplants.

Transfer to Plastic Pots: Ceramic and clay pots can easily break in transit. It’s generally a good idea to transfer your plant to a plastic pot, as it can endure the harsh travel condition. Apart from that, be careful that repotting could be unsafe to your plant’s health. If you decide to take on this step, do it 2-3 weeks before the move, as it gives time to plants so that they can get used to a new pot.

Follow these instructions if you want to transport your lovelies to the new place safely. But if it sounds like too much work, consider giving them to your friends. If you need more advice regarding your plants, our team at Two Small Men with Big Hearts would be happy to assist – Get in touch now!

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