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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Jan 13, 2017 4:17 PM CST
HI everyone.

So I am going to be moving and I have a lot of plants that need to come with us. The thing is, there is a FOOT of snow outside, and it is below freezing, and me and my mom are trying to figure out how to move these plants to our new house without killing them by the cold. Does anyone have any ideas on how to do this? I am honestly stumped.

Jared

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 13, 2017 4:35 PM CST
Are you talking about moving your indoor plants safely? Or digging up outdoor plants?

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Jan 13, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Jarod,

Packing boxes with hot water bottles in them.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 13, 2017 5:56 PM CST
That's a great idea, Daisy. I think Jared has some plants that might be too big for packing boxes, though.

You sure as heck can't just put them in the back of a pickup truck without protection. A tarp can help, as long as you tie it down so it doesn't flap and beat up the plants. Know anybody with an SUV? The back seat, or anywhere inside the vehicle will be fine, as long as you're not going to leave them in there over night. So, how far are you moving? If you do have to stay overnight on your trip to the new place, it's possible jugs of hot water would keep the car warm enough so the plants wouldn't be harmed. Gallon milk jugs or larger, filled with hot water right before you go to bed and put them in the foot wells of the car with something wrapped around them will stay warm for a long time.

To keep the soil inside the pots, crush paper and put it on top of the soil, then tape it down to the pot. Then you can lay the pots on their sides so they don't take up so much room.
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greene
Jan 13, 2017 6:04 PM CST
Jared,
Yes, please. Are these indoor or outdoor plants?

When I moved I made an arrangement with the buyer of the property that I could come back when the weather was warmer to dig up my outdoor plants. Is this a possibility for you and your mom?

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Jan 13, 2017 7:22 PM CST
greene said: ...
When I moved I made an arrangement with the buyer of the property that I could come back when the weather was warmer to dig up my outdoor plants. Is this a possibility for you and your mom? ...


If they resist, you might offer something like "When I come back to take MY plants, I will leave you divisions of those you want, or replant some annual flower or herb seedlings of your choice where the old plants were. Or veggies. Or just a box of give-away seedlings."

If you make your re-appearance something they look forward to, they might be more willing to let you rescue your plants.

(When I bought a house in NJ, they made it look nicer by "planting" plastic flowers in the empty, untended beds. After we closed, the wife came back and pulled out all the plastic flowers without telling us! Of course, that WAS NJ! And the sale was part of a bad-feelings divorce (theirs, not mine!))

A funny thing: while I lived there, I barely had time to whack all the weeds, but I did make a few raised beds and planted a few things here and there. My first very-own gardens. Clumsily! Later we sold it to someone with a landscaping business. I swear one motivation for him was his immediate reaction that HE could improve our landscaping by 300% without hardly trying. I wish him joy!

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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Jan 13, 2017 8:20 PM CST
Hi Everyone.

They are indoor tropical plants. I forgot to mention,.

Jared
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plantmanager
Jan 13, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Is this a fast move across town, or a long distance move? I'd think a fast move would be fine in a truck or SUV if you covered the plants with plastic when you take them out of the car and into the house.
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Christine
Jan 14, 2017 8:00 AM CST
I used bubble wrap, its cheap enough and flexible to cover the entire plant. The day I moved we had a ice storm and all my plants made it that day. Let them be the last thing you pack and the first thing you un-pack, do not let them be in a cold truck for any amount of time. Good Luck Thumbs up
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sallyg
Jan 14, 2017 9:08 AM CST
bubble, wrap, great idea, along with the other ideas, choose depending on how long they need to be out of the house, and how big each is, you'll be able to move them with great success.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Jan 14, 2017 12:16 PM CST
Hi everyone.

Thank you for all this great advice. It will really help when I move. I do have some outdoor plants also, Nectarines, Apples, Plums, and Cherrys, but I doubt I can take them with us. Anyway, I hope where I move, (were renting a house in Southern Idaho,) I can do some major vegetable gardening! I am actually working on my garden plan for that right now, The least I can do is pretend to be stuck on Mars and grow potatoes, (little joke from the movie The Martian.)

One last question, what growing zone is Boise in? Thats where I am moving.

Anyway, thank you all for your help.

Jared
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plantmanager
Jan 14, 2017 1:17 PM CST
This may not be totally accurate because I just randomly picked a Boise zipcode.
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tarev
Jan 16, 2017 1:19 PM CST
Try to wrap with bubble wrap or burlap or those big brown wrapping paper.. Good luck! It is not the best time of the year to move indoor tropical plants.

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