A Couple Of Weeks Before You Move
To facilitate packing, prune plants. Consult a plant book or a florist for
A Week Before Your Move
Your plants should be placed in a black plastic bag. In the same bag place a
bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar or bug powder. Then close the bag and
place in a cool area overnight. This will kill any pests on the plant or in the
The Day Before Your Move
Place the plants in cardboard boxes. The plants can be held in place with
dampened newspaper or packing paper. Cushion the leaves with wet paper towel
and place a final layer of wet paper towel on top to keep them moist. If you
have to leave your plants behind, you can take cuttings. Put them in a plastic
bag with wet paper towels around them.
On The Day Of Your Move
The cardboard boxes should be set aside and clearly labeled "DO NOT LOAD" so
they won't mistakenly be taken on the moving van. Close the boxes and punch air
holes in the top before loading into your car.
In the summer, park your car in a shaded area. Likewise, in the winter, park
your car in a sunny spot.
The plants should be unpacked as soon as possible after arrival. To avoid
breaking the stems, remove plants through the bottom of the box. Initially, do
not expose the plants to much sunlight. Allow them to gradually become
accustomed to more light.
Learn about the climate and soils of your new home.
Seeds should be gathered and stored in an airtight container.
Bulbs should be dug up during their natural dormant season. Pack in a mixture
of loose dry peat moss and vermiculite to provide a lightweight and protective
Garden tools should be well maintained. Make sure to sharpen blades of
clippers, lawn mowers and shears, and apply a thin coating of household or
motor oil to protect the paint and metal parts. Clean and disinfect rakes, hoes
and sprinklers. Household bleach can be used to disinfect a variety of items.
Some plants can be dug up and transplanted.