Plants are living things that will require special attention and proper preparation. Normally a long distance carrier will not move your plants. The Household Goods Carriers – Bureau Tariff, does not permit a household carrier to accept a shipment containing any perishable items, including household plants, except when your shipment is less than 150 miles or the delivery is made within 24 hours. Many states does not allow the transport of household plants over state lines. If you are crossing state lines you will want to check with local authorities.
Your household plants will need some special care and preparation prior to your move. If the proper procedures are not completed our driver may refuse to transport them. You might consider moving them yourself or have your gardener move them to your new location. Some house plants can be difficult to move and may require special knowledge. They also tend to waste valuable floor space in the moving van.
Pruning your plants – A week before your move you will need to prune your plants if needed. Consult a specialist for specific instructions for your type plant.
Debugging – It is very important to debug your plants a week before your move. Place a plastic bag over your plant. You can use a direct spray, pest sticky strip, standard pet flea collar or bug powder. Seal up the bag and allow it to set overnight in a cool area. This should kill any pest that is in the soil or on the plant. You will want to check with your local florist to be sure what method is best for your plants.
Packing Plants – Some plants can be taken as is or maybe a plastic bag covering the tops. It is recommended placing them into a box with a top section. The plant can be secured easier this way with wadded up paper, tape, towels, etc.
Transporting Plants – You will need to label your boxes that have plants in them and set them aside for final loading at the end. The extreme heat or cold could send them into shock. It is important to shade your plants during transport from direct sunlight.
Arrival – Your plants should be the first item unpacked upon arrival. It is recommended to lower them through the bottom of the carton paying close attention not to break off any branches of leaves. Avoid direct sunlight initially and allow them to become accustomed to more light gradually.