The Q&A Archives: Moving Houseplants

Question: We are moving soon, and are concerned about our houseplants. We would like to know the safest way to move them. Should we water them before the move, or wait until we arrive at our new home? Is it safe to put them in different light when the move is finished? These are some of the things we're wondering.

Answer: If you make the move as stress free as possible your plants should adjust well to their new surroundings. More plants have been damaged by temperature extremes during transit than due to lack of light or water during the move. Continue to care for your plants as usual. On the day of the move wrap each one in sheets of newspaper to protect the leaves from cold temperatures during the trip from indoors to the vehicle. If they're going into a truck or van, make sure they're not squished together, to avoid bruising leaves. When you get to your destination unload them first and put them in a protected place, away from cold drafts. Once you're all moved in, place them in spots that provide similar exposures to the light and warmth they experienced prior to the move.

These precautions should lessen the shock of the move and your plants should come through with flying colors.

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