About to move plants?
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Worried before you move plants? no need to be stressed!
We know that when it comes to your favorite garden , digging up plants and moving them to another location often strikes fear in your hearts and minds.
But there’s really nothing to fear..
In this short article we have gathered and refined information for you to enrich your knowledge and prepare you (and your plants) to the anticipated move.
Here at Texas Move-It we want your move to be a complete success, therefore we have studied that topic and we warmly suggest you will do to.
It is recommended that when your Texas Move-It representative conducts the consultation in your home, let him or her know you intend to take your plants.
When to Move-It?
The hot summer months, when weather is dry, are the worst times to attempt relocation, plants become quickly stressed when removed from the soil during this time.
However, if the season has been particularly wet, a late spring or summer move may be possible.
It’s best to move plants during the early spring and fall when temperatures are not overly warm.
As for trees and shrubs it is optimal to wait until the winter to move, just as the buds begin to swell.
The swelling buds are the first sign of growth on the upper portion of the plant, and in another week or so, the roots will begin to grow as well.
That is when the plant is dormant and considered the best time for moving.
In general, when you move plants during the fall or winter, it isn’t quite as critical to move so fast; but yet – the sooner the better.
Preparing the new location:
It is wise to go ahead and prepare the new planting site before you arrive so that your plants can go in the ground as soon as possible.
By digging the planting hole in advance, the roots of a newly dug tree won’t dry out while the new hole is being prepared.
Roots left to dry out may not survive the transplanting process.
Ok, the loading has been completed and the exciting drive to the new place done;
now we need to bring your plants safely into your new home…
It is recommended to remove them through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking leaves and branches,
Then, refrain from moving plants around until they become acclimated.
Take care of relocated plants once you arrive at your destination, check all plants for damage. Snip off broken leaves or branches using a clean pair of garden pruners.
It’s best to transplant early in the morning on an overcast day, especially in the summer months.
New transplants require tender loving care. Be sure to provide plenty of water.
Transplanting a tree is identical to planting it.
Gently place the roots in the planting hole, and add enough soil to stabilize the tree to make sure it’s straight.
Fill the hole with soil, tamping it down as you go,
Leave up to one-third of the root ball above ground,
Then water well, and apply a 2-inch layer of mulch around the root ball but avoid filling in mulch all the way up to the trunk.
If you transplant during a hot period, plants will most likely experience some shock and may wilt in that case, you should protect transplants from the hot sun while they establish.
A 4-inch layer of mulch will help to retain moisture.
Give your plants several weeks to become adapted to their new home
With your planning and careful attention and our dedication to succeed on the move day, your plants made a successful move;
Like you, they are now ready to flourish in their new home.
Preparing for the move:
If you follow these tips on how to move plants, they will travel up to three days before they need attention.
Three weeks before moving day –
You should repot plants from clay pots into unbreakable plastic pots of the same size; changing pot sizes may harm plants.
Two weeks before moving day –
Prune larger plants to make them compact for easy handling and transport.
Pruning also yields healthy, bushy, attractive plants.
Simply pinch back newer growth with your thumb and forefinger.
Do not prune ferns and succulents (e.g., cactus, jade plants, aloe).
One week before moving day –
Check plants for insects and parasites – If you apply insecticides, exercise caution and follow label directions.
Two days before moving day –
Water your plants normally, taking care to not overwater;
too much water can cause plants to freeze in cold weather or promote fungus growth in warm weather.
The moving day itself –
pack your plants in the morning (the night before is okay, too).
When it comes to digging the plants out, the main issue is how much root should we dig out?
To move plants be sure to get as much root as possible when digging plants.
The soil will help to protect the plants during the move.
Transporting plants to another location – if you must move plants during the summer, keep them out of the sun and wind.
Which diameter around the plant and how deep should we dig into it?
In the diameter section we suggest to use “the rule of 18” to determine the ideal size of the root ball. A simple formula that will help you determine the ideal size of the root ball;
Measure the trunk one foot off the ground.
Then, measure the caliper (diameter) of the tree at that point and multiply that by 18.
The number you get is the diameter of the root ball that should be dug.
With shovel in hand, dig the tree up, slicing through the soil and roots at a slight angle towards the base of the tree. He lifts up with the shovel as he works to free the roots.
In the how deep section our plant expert replays: “Unfortunately, there’s no simple formula,
However, the vast majority of a plant’s roots reside in the top 12 inches of the soil.
It isn’t really necessary to dig deeper than that, especially in the case of a small tree.
In fact, even in the case of a much larger tree, one that’s twice this size or more, I wouldn’t dig down more than 18 to 24 inches.”
Just a point to think about:
If we have dug up dogwood using the formula for the ideal-size root ball, the weight of the root ball on the tree would be well over 500 pounds, perhaps up to 700.
A job like that is best left for the professionals,
But virtually any tree can be moved, including one that’s 10, maybe even 20 times the size of that one.
Of course, it takes special machinery, skill and lots of money.
Place plants in pots with plenty of room, and be sure that the soil is amply moist.
Wrap roots of large plants, shrubs and trees in burlap. The root ball must be kept moist and replanting as soon as possible is advised.
Consider transporting flowers, shrubs and trees in a closed vehicle, such as a truck, to avoid wind damage. If you will be traveling some distance, check the moisture levels of plants when you stop.
If you’re forced to wait with replanting — even a half hour or so before transplanting.
make sure you wrap the root ball with several layers of moist newspaper or some burlap so the roots don’t dry out-
and if the soil falls away from the root ball, that’s okay, It will give you a chance to tease the roots a bit.
Climate Control –
Transport houseplants in a temperature-controlled environment, such as your car. Keep a comfortable temperature in your car. Cold weather, especially, can be hazardous to your plants.
You may move plants for distances under 150 miles and trip times shorter than 8 hours.
If you cannot take your potted plants, consider cuttings.
Wrap the cuttings in wet moss and newspaper and place them in unsealed bags. Place the bags in a carton and fill in around them with light packing material. Cuttings can survive several days of travel and take root when potted at your new home.
Wrap large plants with an plastic wrap/shrink wrap to prevent branches from breaking,
Place each pot in a box so it fits snugly at the bottom, You may use regular moving cartons, large size packing boxes, available from your Texas Move-It movers.
If necessary, pack paper in the box around the base of the pot to hold the pot in place, punch air holes in the sides of the box and loosely fasten the lid so plants can breathe.
Set the boxes upright and clearly mark the lids, This will help avoid loading them by mistake into the moving van.
Tips for keeping plants healthy while traveling:
Load plants as close to your departure time as possible, avoid putting them in the trunk of your car; heat, cold, and lack of fresh air can be harmful.
In warm weather, stop periodically in shaded areas and crack a window, avoid exposing plants to direct sunlight at any time.
Water your plants only if they seem unusually dry, Otherwise, wait until you have arrived at your new home.
If you travel for more than three days, bring plants indoors when you lodge and open cartons to expose them to light.
Some states regulate the transportation of certain plants; California, Arizona and Florida are known for especially rigid restrictions.
Check with your state’s department of natural resources to learn what you should know before you move plants to another state,
Most states require plants coming in to be grown indoors in sterilized potting soil.
The same techniques and timetable that were discussed work for evergreens, too.
If you have questions about caring for specific types of plants, see the chart below for tips on the ten most common house plants. You can also find answers on these websites: