How to take a garden with you
There are many difficulties that one may face when moving. Except the common stress of preparing and packing things, imaging that you may need to pay a special attention to a living things, for instance, pets or plants. Have you considered proper conditions for your little pocket garden? If the answer is ‘not yet’, then this article would be helpful.
Now, when it comes to plants we cannot just drop them into the nearest random box and get them to the place safe and sound, just like that.
What can be a big deal?
Well, the whole process is a big deal itself. We are here to help you in this stressful process in order to make it less stressful and more ordered and organized. Primarily, to make your moving experience non-dramatic, whether you relocate to a neighbor state or a new country, check the local law. Because we are law-abiding citizens, right?
It might sound strange, or not, but some states have their own regulations and bans on plants and its materials. So, just before preparing your new pots, check out U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements or contact the office, so that you won’t be charged with transportation of a plant that spread some harmful disease.
The next step is to transplant your plants to new neat plastic containers. Note: make some holes in containers so that your will allow light and air to penetrate. The most preferable term is three weeks before relocation. Don’t forget about sterile soil for a plant, and remember the major thing: never transplant plants on the moving day or the day before it. They won’t have the time they actually need to adjust to a new soil and can be stressed, just like you.
You can save your old pots and take them with you. All you need to do is to wrap them with bubble wrap and put them in a box. Separately for every pot is preferable. The same rule is applicable to a plant packing. However, small plants can be boxed together.
On the week before moving, get your plants “clean”. This means to prune them, get rid of dead leaves, dust and pests. In addition, which is the last but not the least, don’t forget to water them. Note: find out more about the climate of the place you relocate. Some plants may not take root in an unusual medium, and some may not stand a way too cold or warm atmosphere. Speaking of watering, do not overdo, water your plant on the last two day before moving or so.
One last thing
To sum up all of the above, a couple of final tips: put labels on your containers and boxes, write down a Latin botanical name of a plant and its preferable conditions. If you figured out that some of your plant won’t pass it or are forbidden by the law, don’t hurry with the decision to leave it! You can always make a giveaway to your neighbors or friends or donate them to local botanic amateurs, for example.