Taking your Plants with you? Advice from the Expert House Movers at NCMSS


If you’re getting ready to move, chances are you’ve thought through every inch of the interior of your house—what to donate, what to discard, and how to pack. For many homeowners, additional planning will be needed for the outside of your house, too! The movers at NCMSS can help you take care of any plants that are making the journey with you, and we’ve compiled our best tips to help you do so.

The risk of moving plants

First, if you’re considering moving your garden, know that plants don’t like change. Abrupt changes in sunlight, soil density, and moisture can all have negative effects on your plants. Expect to have some casualties. Second, think through where you are moving to—is it the same climate? The same type of soil? Can you move plants to an area where they’ll get a similar amount of light? If you don’t think you’ll have a similar outdoor home for your garden plants, you might consider potting them and trying them as indoor plants.

Movers tips for uprooting your garden

In general, the best way to move a garden plant is to give each plant plenty of water in the hours beforehand, to ensure they are moved in damp soil. Use a sharp trowel to dig a circle around each one, and pull up as much of the root clump as you can to keep the plant intact. Each plant should go into its own planter or pot. You can use a pallet or crate to keep plants together; tie them down to be sure they don’t tip. The movers at NCMSS know that plants should be the last thing you put on the truck, and the first thing you take off the truck and take care of.

Moving house plants

Your house plants may be a bit hardier than garden plants during the moving process. You’ll still want to consider whether you can find a place for them in your new home that has a similar temperature and amount of light. Make sure each plant is in a secure pot or planter, and you can use a pallet or crate to keep them together and upright during transit.

Plant transit during warm weather

Since most moves occur during the warmer months of the year, moving plants for most people puts plants at risk of drying out. For plants that are going into the ground at your new home, prepare a plot or simple trenches in advance, and have a soaker hose immediately available. Even your houseplants should get some extra water during the transition. The longer the distance is to your new home, the more cautious you should be about the soil and plants drying out during the journey.

The movers at NCMSS are here to help with any questions you have about your next residential move. To learn more about our cost-effective move services, contact us today.