JULY 12, 2019

Five tips for moving plants interstate

It can be tricky working out how you’re going to move your plants with you to your new home. Plants can be delicate to move and don’t always travel well over long distances. With these tips, you’ll be able to safely move your plants to your new home with as little stress as possible.

1. Trim the plants

It’s a good idea to trim back any excess foliage if possible. You don’t want branches getting caught and snapping along the way, causing damage to your plants. Try binding any branches together that hang over the bases. This will also help to reduce the chance of branches snapping during transport.

Give your plants a good prune and they will thrive when you arrive at your new home. You need to prevent as much damage as possible given that your plants will be in unsuitable conditions during your journey and will most likely be without water during this time. Show them some extra love beforehand to help them flourish.

2. Water plants before moving

Your plants will most likely not get any water while they are being transported. This means it is a good idea to soak your plants a few days before the move. This will allow them to soak up the water and drain any excess so they aren’t dripping when it is time to move them.

Make sure you leave your plants out to drain and ensure there is no extra water remaining before the removalists pack them up. You don’t want to end up with water soaking into all your other boxes. For smaller plants or succulents, you may just be able to give them a spray with a spray bottle before you leave.

3. Treat plants for pests and diseases

It’s very important to treat your plants for pests and diseases before you transport them to your new home. Moving interstate means there will be different diseases and different pests to look out for. You need to make sure you don’t bring any into the state with you.

Make sure your treat all the plants you are taking with you for any potential pests or diseases that they could be carrying. This is important not only for your plants but for the safety of plants in your new home as well.

4. Check out the sunlight

As most plants will be transported in trucks or in shipping containers they may not have access to sunlight during their journey. While this is fine for shorter trips, some plants may not survive on longer journeys without sunlight.

Talk to your removalists about how much sunlight the plants are likely to get on the journey. If you are transporting them yourself, try and pack them so that they will still receive sunlight throughout the day. This will help keep them alive and ensure they do well in their new home.

5. Observe any quarantine restrictions

Different states have different quarantine requirements when it comes to plants. It’s important to check what the requirements are for the state you are entering as there can be harsh penalties if you bring the wrong plants into the state.

Each state has their own website with lists of what you can and can’t bring it, so it’s a good idea to check if you’re not sure what the rules are. Make sure you don’t try and hide anything when you’re entering the state as this is likely to bring even larger penalties.

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