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Moving Your Plants
Be sure to check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another.  Many states have restrictions.  
 
Houseplants 
A couple weeks before you move: 
-Prune plants to facilitate packing.  Consult with a florist, your local nursery, or a plant book for instructions. 
 
A week before you move: 
You want to move your plants, not its pests.  Here’s one way to get rid of them (again, consult with your local nursery): 
-Place your plants in a black plastic bag, along with a bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar, or bug powder.  
-Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight to kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.  
 
The day before your move: 
- Place plants in cardboard containers.  Hold them in place with dampened newspaper or packing paper.
-Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top to keep the plants moist.  
-If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings.  Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.  
 
The day of your move: 
-Set the boxes aside and mark “DO NOT LOAD” so they won’t be taken on the moving van. Close the boxes and punch air holes in the top before loading into your car.  
 
While Moving 
- Park your car in a shaded area in the summer and a sunny spot in the winter.
 
Upon Arrival:  
-Unpack the plants as soon as possible after arrival (sunlight!).  Remove plants through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking stems.  Do not expose the plants to too much sunlight at first – let them get gradually accustomed to more light.  
 
Garden Plants  
- Research the climate and soils of your new home.  Will your plants survive in their new environment?
-Bulbs are tricky, because of their dormancy cycle.  Ideally, dig them up during their dormant season and pack them in loose, dry peat moss to provide lightweight protection.  
-Some plants can be dug up and transplanted, especially the hardier ones.  Check with your local nursery, florist, or a plant book to learn the best way to do this for your plants.  Also, don’t forget to check with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another.  
-Gather up and store seeds in an airtight container.  
-Clean and sharpen your garden tools, blades, and shears.  Apply a thin coating of household or motor oil to protect the paint and metal parts.
-Clean and disinfect rakes, hoes, sprinklers, and other garden and landscaping tools.
-Household bleach can be used to disinfect a variety of items.  
Again, consult with a florist, your local nursery, or a plant book for further instructions. 
 
The Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors® (NFCAR) offers this information strictly as a guide to assist in the task of residential moving.  Under no terms may NFCAR, its Board of Directors, staff, nor membership may be held responsible nor liable for any inaccuracies, complications, or problems associated with your move, contracts, or transactions.