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American Choice Van LinesPlants falls under the categories of perishable items and majority of moving companies do not cover plants in their insurance policies. If you are fond of your plants and want to move them along with you in your new home, you should be aware of all rules and regulations for moving your plants as prescribed by U.S department of agriculture. Following guidelines will help you to move your plants safely to your desired destination:

 

General Tips for Moving Your Plants

  • There are some states which prohibit moving plants across state lines. One should check with local nursery or with the U.S department of agriculture about any such restrictions and get information about the rules and regulations regarding moving plants in the state to which you are planning to move.

  • Ask your movers if they provide services for moving plants or not. As some movers do not transport plants as they are perishable in nature. In such case you might have to carry them along with you at your own risk.

  • Prune or trim your plants a couple of weeks before relocating them to your new home so as to prevent any kind of damage to the leaves during the move. It also helps in slowing plant’s water loss and reducing its metabolism for a short period. Water your plants in the evening, a day before moving your plants, as per the season and its requirements.

  • American Choice Van LinesPlace your plants in a plastic bag, a week before your move. You can use plastic garbage bag and can also put a bug strip or pesticide inside it to get rid of any kind of insects. Seal the bag tightly and leave in a cool spot overnight to allow the bug strip to work.

  • Keep your plants in heavy, sturdy cardboard containers and stuff damp newspapers between the pots. Surround plant’s leaves with paper to secure them during the move and also couch them with wet paper over the top to keep them moist. On the day of moving, cut some ventilation holes in the top of the moving boxes carrying plants before closing them for moving.

  • Cover plants from the top if you are moving the plants in an open trailer to protect them as the blowing wind can tear a plant apart. You can also cover plants root balls with many layers of dry newspaper to protect them from temperature variations.

  • Label all of the moving boxes carrying plants clearly to prevent the movers from placing them in the moving van. You can label them as “Do Not load.”

  • Whenever you take a break in the journey, leave your car in a shady area during warm weather and a sunny area in the colder weather in order to keep the plants healthy.

  • If you decide not to take garden chemicals with you, contact your local cooperative extension agent for right methods of disposal, or give them to your neighbors who needs them. Check whether the plants you are planning to move are adaptable to the change in the climate zone you are moving to.

 

Tips to unload your plants

  • Unpack the plants from their moving containers as soon as you reach your new place. Open the boxes from the bottom.

  • Remove plants gently so the stems should not get damaged.

  • Don’t place plants in direct sunlight and make sure to increase the light gradually.

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