How to move your plants?

Moving out of your house and have plants to relocate? Well, the Supreme man and Van London is all you need to contact to experience an easy and smooth moving process. 


A houseplant is a living, breathing plant that is grown indoors in places like home and office. Not to mention the indoor house plants require special care, especially when it comes to moving to a new location. If you are moving out of your old house and you have plenty of house plants at place, you may need to do a little more preparation work to not only ensure your plants arrive safely to your new place. The moving out with house plants needs certain compliance requirements to be fulfilled by the individuals such as you need to comply with the law, as each state has its own set of regulatory measures and certification requirements. Since moving out of your old house to the new one comes once in a lifetime in everyone’s personal life, it is important that you learn some of the best practices when you would have to transport house plants to the new state. 


With this aim, the present article is prepared by gathering all the relevant information you need to know about how to move your plants with yourself while moving out. 


  • Moving your house plants to a new state

House plants have a significant value, same as other belongings in the house. It becomes a special part of your home, carrying a sentimental value, or maybe the emotions attached because you have put hard work into watching it grow. Coming to moving your house plants to a new state with man and van east London, it becomes important for you to determine whether you can legally move them with you to your new state. It can be determined depending majorly on two factors: the law and the state’s growing conditions. Let’s have a brief idea of all the determinant factors involved in moving your plants:

Know state guidelines

Prior knowledge of state guidelines on transportation of living plants is really crucial before moving out to a new state. Notably, some states have specific laws and regulations concerning important plants. For example, some states only allow entry to plants that have been kept indoors, are potted, or are being grown in a particular kind of soil. There is a set of rules in place by concerned agencies to help in regulation of shipment of plants. The aim of the agencies is to help minimize the spread of harmful diseases, insects, or other pests which some plants may carry with themselves to the new state.


Therefore, before your move, check the laws and regulations in the state you are moving to so you can decide if taking your plant with you is the right choice. If you can take along the house plants with you into your new state, be sure to check out the state’s specific guidelines so that you import your plant properly.

Know about growing conditions

We know that not all plants thrive in every environment. Each of them requires certain growing conditions for them to grow.  For example, indoor plants can be very hardy but can still get affected by very dry and moist environment conditions. So, it is better if you are already quite aware about the growing conditions of your plants like the climate conditions, available light, and the frequency of rainfall at the newly located area. The prior idea of the growing conditions helps determine you if your house plants will thrive at your new home.


If it is either not allowed or not favorable to take your plant with you, you may consider leaving it with family, a friend or a neighbor, or donate it to a local hospital or nursing home. 

Packing plants for a move

Since it is not a good idea to ship living items in a moving van of man and van Croydon because of the lack of airflow, water, sunlight, plants are listed in the restricted shipping list of many companies. However, there are several other alternative ideas for getting them to a new home, including packing and keeping them into your personal vehicle. All the process and steps involved in packing the plants and ship them are listed below:

What you will need to pack your house plants

  • A sturdy moving box for each pot (small boxes are best so it doesn’t move around)
  • Plastic pots to replace clay pots during transit
  • Sterilized potting soil
  • Packing paper or newspaper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Plastic bags and ties
  • Flea collars
  • Paper towels (for cuttings)

Getting ready

Re-pot your plant in a plastic container. It is important to remember to complete this step a few weeks before the move with man and van hackney with fresh, sterile soil, so your plant has a chance to settle. Then you can pack empty clay pots the same as you would any fragile item, placing it securely in a moving box.


The second step is to check for bugs. Place a flea collar on the base of each plastic pot to draw out any pests. If your new state requires a certified inspection of the moving plants, you can call a local agricultural department to schedule an appointment with an authorized examiner. Once they have cleared everything, you will receive the required forms – keep them with you in case you need to show them at state borders. If you are not transporting the plants, just make sure to keep the inspection certificate inside the box and you will have half your headache already gone.


The last step is to water the plants. You need to water your house plants two or three days before the final moving date. The soil should be moist, but not too wet. Most can go 7-10 days without water, but it is crucial to make sure the roots stay damp during shipment.


  • Packing your plants

When it comes to moving, doing proper packing of all the household goods is really an important step and plants are no exception to it. Proper packing of the plants will ensure that the plants arrive at the new home healthy and intact. There are two ways to transport your plant: taking the whole thing or taking just a cutting. Either way, make sure to pack your plants last and unpack them first, so they stay healthy.

How to pack a potted plant

Following are mentioned some of the five easy steps to pack a potted plant efficiently:

Step 1: Place a plastic bag over the pot and tie it at the base to keep the soil contained.

Step 2: Tape the bottom of the box well and then place the plant inside.

Step 3: Fill in extra space with packing paper or newspaper, so the plant is secure but can also sufficiently breathe.

Step 4: Poke holes in the box to allow for air flow. A few holes on each side will be adequate.

Step 5: Label the box “Live Plant” and “Fragile.”

Moving with cutting plants

For those plants which are too big to move, such as shrubbery or bushes, taking their cutting (essentially a stem or roots that will allow the plant to re-grow) just makes the moving process of those plants really easy to bring it to a new home. Below is recommended easy steps to move the cutting plants:

  1. In the morning, take a sharp, clean cut on an area of the flower or bush you want to take. Trim out the part which has healthy growth and is 3-6 inches long.
  2. To take the cutting with you, keep the end moist by wrapping it in wet paper towels. 
  3. Secure the paper towels with rubber bands or ties and keep the cutting in a plastic stem holder (like what a bouquet comes in). Most local florists will sell them to you very cheap.
  4. If you need to pack the cutting, plant it in a plastic pot. Remove any lower leaves and place the cutting in moist potting soil. Loosely wrap it in plastic to keep it humid and encourage growth. Place the potted cutting in a box, following the directions above.


  • How to move your plants

To move your house plants from one state to another, there are quite a few options to do so in an efficient way. However, in this article we are going to discuss the three main options out of them to transport plants from one state to the new one. Here is how:

Put them in the car with your

Taking plants with you is usually the fastest way to get them to the destination, and also lets you provide care like sunlight and water during the trip. Expose them to air flow by keeping them in the cabin of the vehicle (rather than being trapped in the truck). Keep them in the cabin of the vehicle, so they’re exposed to airflow (instead of being trapped in the trunk). If you stop at hotels along the way, bring them inside, so they are not affected by extreme temperatures.

Ship via air

Those who will be flying to your new home in a new state can normally take their house plants with them in the plane. But be sure to comply with the rules like it shouldn’t carry too much water or exceed vary-on size limits. As from the discussed option above, moving with the cuttings is the best suitable option for air transport. To be sure, check with your airline to determine specific requirements.

Send through the mail

Shipping is another option you may opt to move your plants. You may send plants through the USPS, UPS and FedEx, as long as you comply with each company’s guidelines. Contact your local shipping office for restrictions or guidelines, as they vary by shipper. When packing for shipment, we recommend you take extra measures to secure them because they can’t guarantee the package will stay upright. Protect the plants from extreme temperatures, depending on the time of year and the places it will travel through. For example, insulate the package if it will travel through extreme cold. Choose the fastest shipping method possible, and try to avoid shipping them over weekends or holidays.


  • Move your plants with Supreme man and van

The supreme man and van west London has an extensive year of experience in the moving industry. This comes along with the trained, skilled, and experienced personnel who handle all your moving needs. To serve better, they come equipped with the appropriate equipment and tools to handle delicate items; even for moving the house plants. They have also invested in ramps, dolls and special crates to pack your items during transit. So, basically man and van services are a blend of experience and skills which is provided using all required equipment. 


Hiring man and van services will ensure that your plants reach at the new destination safely and healthy. The company has come across a long way in moving and takes their job very seriously. The professional at man and van know very well how to pull off the perfect move. For that intensive training is provided to all the staff so that you are rest assured that your things are in safe hands. We have got a reputation for reliability and affordability, thanks to the crew members who will get your plants relocated smoothly, with no worries at all. 



Moving plans is not an easy job unless you have the right moving company or a professional help with your plant moving who will get the job done right. The Supreme man and van Brixton is one of the most professional moving companies having qualified and skilled movers who will handle the conveyance of your house plants along with other household goods and personal belongings safely and securely. If you still have any questions about shipping plants or want other packing tips and advice, get in touch with the team at and get a quote to check the transportation prices. 


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