Packing and Moving Plants

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Typically, moving companies do not move plants because of Strict USDA regulations, state laws that ban certain species of plants, state agricultural laws, federal and state laws regarding pests that can accompany plants, or because there is high risks that plants will die in moving trucks that are not temperature-controlled environments. Therefore, be prepared to move your plants yourself. If you are only moving a short distance, the best way to move your plants is in your own personal vehicle. However, before the move, you must prepare the plants themselves for a safe journey, which includes repotting your plants into unbreakable plastic containers, pruning bigger plants to make them compact and healthy, and inspecting your plants for any parasites or insects. Two days before the move, give your plants the normal amount of water to your plants, and the night before your moving day, pack your plants, which includes wrapping larger plants in newspaper, tissue paper, or an old sheet in order to protect branches and leaves, followed by, placing each plant in its own box and cushioning it with packing paper or Styrofoam, so that it will not shift or move around during transit. Be sure to add small air holes in the sides of the box, so the plant can breathe, and label the boxes with an arrow to make sure it stays upright. Once you are ready to begin the moving process, load your plants last and never put them the trunk of your car. Also, protect your plants from direct sunlight, make sure they get enough air during the move, unpack them first.

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