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MOVING PLANTS? FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE TIPS AND YOUR PLANTS WILL TRAVEL UP TO THREE DAYS BEFORE REQUIRING ANY ATTENTION.

1. Three weeks before moving day: Repot plants from clay pots into unbreakable plastic pots of the same size; changing pot sizes may harm plants.

2. Two weeks before moving day: Prune larger plants to make them compact for easy handling and transport. Pruning also yields healthy, bushy, attractive plants. To prune, simply pinch back newer growth with your thumb and forefinger. Do not prune ferns and succulents (e.g., cactus, jade plants, aloe).

3. One week before moving day: Check plants for insects and parasites. If you apply insecticides, exercise caution and follow label directions.

4. Two days before moving day: Water your plants normally, taking care to not overwater. Too much water can cause plants to freeze in cold weather or promote fungus growth in warm weather.

5. Moving day: Pack your plants in the morning (or the night before).

  • Wrap large plants with an old bed sheet or tissue paper to prevent branches from breaking.
  • Place each pot in a box so it fits snugly at the bottom.
  • If necessary, pack paper in the box around the base of the pot to hold the pot in place.
  • Punch air holes in the sides of the box and loosely fasten the lid so plants can breathe.

TIPS FOR KEEPING PLANTS HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELING:

  • Load plants as close to your departure time as possible.
  • Avoid putting them in the trunk of your car; heat, cold, and lack of fresh air can be harmful.
  • In warm weather, stop periodically in shaded areas and crack a window. Avoid exposing plants to direct sunlight at any time.
  • Keep a comfortable temperature in your car. Cold weather, especially, can be hazardous to your plants. If needed, help protect plants by wrapping them with newspaper or paper bags.
  • Water your plants only if they seem unusually dry. Otherwise, wait until you have arrived at your new home.
  • If you travel for more than three days, bring plants indoors when you lodge and open cartons to expose them to light.

Bringing your plants safely into your new home:

  • Unpack your plants as soon as possible.
  • Remove them through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking leaves and branches.
  • Refrain from moving plants around until they become acclimated.

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