Transporting Plants is just like Transporting Pets
Long-distance moving has a lot of complications, but could one of them be transporting plants? We have some choices for you and your green friends if you have a favorite Chrysanthemum or Succulents that needs to be shifted from point A to point B.
It’s important to understand that most moving truck and shipping container companies don’t allow plants to be transported. Owing to state regulations and potential liability, many of these movers will not relocate your plants.
Also, don’t try to conceal your plants among your other belongings. This will void your movers’ agreement, as well as any rights you have if the plants make a mess and ruin your belongings.
Are there any laws prohibiting Transport of Plants?
Agriculture-dependent states, such as California, Texas, and Florida, are wary of letting in any pests or invasive plant species that could kill crops. Bringing in plants from out of state is prohibited in a number of locations. Unfortunately, the United States Department of Agriculture outright prohibits the transport of certain plants.
Since each state has its own set of laws, you’ll need to review which states you’ll be passing through to avoid getting your plants confiscated at border checkpoints. Some states allow you to bring in plants that are only grown indoors, but you may need to re-pot them with sterile soil first. Others might require you to take your plants home right away as long as you have secured a certificate of inspection or quarantine from them.
How can you Transport your Plants?
Load it in your Car
Plants are not often transported by most moving companies. You’ll almost certainly need to use your own vehicle, whether it’s your own car or a rented truck. Don’t forget your water spray bottle!
It may seem self-evident, but don’t put your plants in a box. Rather, pack your plants so that you can give them plenty of space and attention. Plants that are more delicate or temperature-sensitive should be placed in the front, where they will have access to A/C or heat and the driver will be able to keep an eye on them. Other plants can be stuffed into the backseat and covered with seat belts. If possible, don’t pack plants in the trunk, since the airflow is limited, and avoid open vehicles like the bed of a pickup truck (unless it’s covered) since the wind can damage plants in transit. Plants should not be packed in the trunk because airflow is limited, and open vehicles, such as the bed of a pickup truck, should be avoided because wind can harm plants when in transit.
Rent a Truck
Plants should be transported in the front cabin of a rental truck for the same purpose, due to concerns about sunlight and airflow (especially because you’ll be driving a long distance). Of course, this option is way more expensive so get your budget ready when the quote comes. That said, it’s better to pick the plants that you need to bring during your move. You might pay for moving a plant that’s quite common and cheap in your new neighborhood.
Send Via Mail
You’re not out of luck if you can’t personally transport your plants to their new home.
When shipping plants around the world, the second-best choice is to mail them. It’s not ideal because you can’t personally supervise how they’re treated or provide them with water and sunshine when in transit. That means you can opt for expedited shipping and be prepared to pay a premium for it. Also, make absolutely sure your plants do not arrive before you do
Include your Plants on your Preparation
Once you’ve decided on a method of transport for your plants, you’ll need to get them ready to move. Like all the things that you need to move, pack them nicely and make sure that it will allow them to survive the travel. Transporting plants should not be as difficult if you are ready and prepared.
Your plants will inevitably be stressed as a consequence of the move. Before you uproot them, make sure they’re in the best possible condition. When you get to your new house, get rid of any dead leaves or pests to ensure they’re healthy and ready to grow.