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Tips on what to do when moving garden plants to your new home. Planting ahead, modular containers, moving vans, taking cuttings, and when you should leave your plants behind #movingplants #gardeningtips #movingtips
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Moving house? Tips on moving garden plants to your new home

Yes you can take your plants with you when you move. Tips on what to do when moving garden plants to your new home. Planting ahead, modular containers, moving vans, taking cuttings, and when you should leave your plants behind

Tips on what to do when moving garden plants to your new home. Planting ahead, modular containers, moving vans, taking cuttings, and when you should leave your plants behind #lovelygreens #movinghouse #movingplants #gardeningtips #movingtips #containergarden #gardena

This piece is in partnership with Gardena, Europe’s leading brand of high-quality gardening tools. Over the summer they’ve sent me their AquaRoll M Hose Trolley, a comfort sprayer, and the NatureUp! vertical planter. This month they sent me their Balcony Basic Set to help me with the move.

If you’ve been following my last few videos you’ll know that Lovely Greens is in the middle of moving house. It’s been stressful, I won’t lie. We’ve had the past three weeks to get keys to the new house, rip down the wallpaper and rip up 70s carpet, demolish and rebuild a bathroom, and redecorate the whole house. AND we’ve had to move. This is our last week still having access to the old house and these are my tips on how I’ve gone about moving my garden with us.

Plan(t) ahead

If you’re renting you’ll likely have to return the property in the same state as you took it on. That means digging up your plants is probably expected, so happy days. If you’re selling your home, either dig up your plants before it’s on the market or negotiate. You might want to take your prized roses or plants with sentimental value with so let the estate agent and/or buyers know. As long as that’s made clear, and the garden is tidy afterwards, it’s probably not going to be an issue.

We’ve known since May that a move was on the cards. We’ve been renting for years and just bought our first house. Fortunately, I have an allotment and so I’ve been steadily moving plants there in preparation. If you have access to the new garden or your own allotment or community garden move your plants well before you move house. If you don’t have access to someplace to put your plants in situ, dig them up in preparation and put them in pots. Even some trees and shrubs will be fine if temporarily planted into large containers.

Tips on what to do when moving garden plants to your new home. Planting ahead, modular containers, moving vans, taking cuttings, and when you should leave your plants behind #movingplants #gardeningtips #movingtips
Unless you’ve been upfront, plants in the ground, structures, and some garden fittings cannot be taken when you move

When you can’t take your plants with

I can think of at least three reasons why you can’t take your plants with you. The first may be due to plant restrictions and moving plants from one country to the next. Even some states in the US have restrictions on moving plants from one area to the next. The other reason you might not be able to take your plants with you is that they’re too well established. Ten-year-old lavender plants and rosemary shrubs could make a move but it might only be successful during the dormant season.

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One last reason that you would need to leave your plants is that you’ve sold them. If you’ve sold your house with a lovely garden then the buyer will expect that lovely garden on moving day. Be 100% clear and up-front about your plants when selling to avoid any issues. You can also run into legal issues if you take plants without notifying the owner, especially if plants are on the contents list. Be absolutely clear and upfront if you want to move your garden when moving house.

Tips on what to do when moving garden plants to your new home. Planting ahead, modular containers, moving vans, taking cuttings, and when you should leave your plants behind #movingplants #gardeningtips #movingtips
A container garden can be easily packed in a moving van

Moving a container garden

Moving a container garden is relatively straight forward, even in the middle of the growing season. The only thing that I’d caution on is weight. If it’s been raining, those pots will be heavy. If you could put them in a place to dry out a little bit, you’ll do your back a favour.

Actually moving a container garden is simple. If it’s high summer and they’re flush with delicate growth you might want to protect them with bubble wrap, cloth or straw during the move. Some buffering between pots will help make sure they don’t knock against one another and break.

In winter the plants will be dormant so moving them will be even easier. Just don’t keep them stored in a warm place for long — you don’t want to give the false impression of impending spring. When the plant is dormant and under the soil level you could even set one pot on top of the next if pressed for space.

Tips on what to do when moving garden plants to your new home. Planting ahead, modular containers, moving vans, taking cuttings, and when you should leave your plants behind #lovelygreens #movinghouse #movingplants #gardeningtips #movingtips #containergarden #gardena
This Gardena NatureUp! vertical planter was a breeze to move

Modular containers

One of the easiest things for me to move was my Gardena NatureUp! vertical planter. It’s modular so that means that each piece can be taken off and then reassembled — even if plants are growing in them. As you’ll see in my greenhouse video further above, you can either empty them or move them with compost in. It makes no difference since they’re just as easy to put back together again. Although I have the planter in the greenhouse now, I have plans to mount it on the wall next spring. I love that I have the option of moving it around from house to house and having different set-ups at the same home. Gardena sent me some gardening gloves and this Balcony Basic Tool Set to help with the move.

Tips on what to do when moving garden plants to your new home. Planting ahead, modular containers, moving vans, taking cuttings, and when you should leave your plants behind #lovelygreens #movinghouse #movingplants #gardeningtips #movingtips #containergarden #gardena
For short trips, an informal arrangement in the back of a van will do the job

Moving van

When packing your moving van with plants make sure that the pots can’t tip over. Wedging them as close together as possible helps. If you’re worried about them breaking then put some padding between. For short trips, like my recent move, a relatively disordered moving van set up works fine. I had the BBQ, gardening materials, and plants all crammed into the same space. Everything survived the trip.

If you’re moving further away, say across the country, you’ll need to be more diligent with packing plants. Make sure that the soil is moist, that the pots and foliage are protected, and that nothing is going to tip over if you need to slam the brakes.

Low light conditions

Plants can survive semi-darkness for a few days, providing that you give them at least some light. Garden centres frequently send plants through the post and if you’ve ordered some you’ll know that there are directions to unpack them immediately. Mostly they’re perfectly fine and the same will go for darkened vans.

If you’re travelling over several days, opening the back of the van at intervals will help leafy plants to get enough sunlight to survive the trip. Giving them a feed and enough water beforehand is probably also wise. Moving garden plants to your new home can mean pampering them a bit.

Tips on what to do when moving garden plants to your new home. Planting ahead, modular containers, moving vans, taking cuttings, and when you should leave your plants behind #lovelygreens #movinghouse #movingplants #gardeningtips #movingtips #containergarden #gardena
Taking cuttings of larger plants helps you to take them with you — even if you have to leave the mother plant behind

Take cuttings

In the case that you can’t take established plants with, you can take cuttings. Lavender, rosemary, and even tomatoes all take root easily. Many fruit bushes can also be propagated from cuttings. Taking cuttings is simply strategically cutting a piece off a parent plant and encouraging it to grow roots. These smaller rooted plants will be far easier to move than their larger mothers. Best of all, you can take dozens of cuttings so have even more plants for free.

Tips on what to do when moving garden plants to your new home. Planting ahead, modular containers, moving vans, taking cuttings, and when you should leave your plants behind #lovelygreens #movinghouse #movingplants #gardeningtips #movingtips #containergarden #gardena
Give spare plants, seeds, pots, tools, and books away

Give things away

No matter what your situation, when you move house you’re going to have to give things away. It could be that you discover a hidden cache of old plant pots while preparing for the move. It could also be that your new garden is smaller than your previous one.

Give your plants to friends to take care of and either sell or pass on other items to those who need them. There are a couple of recycling centres here that have special areas for plastic plant pots — I’ve left all my spares there for others to use. If there’s a seed swap or plant share happening around the time you move, take your spare plants and gardening tools there. Moving house is a great opportunity to de-clutter the garden shed!

10 Comments

  1. I’m moving from Southern California to Georgia in April. I’m moving my roses from wine barrels to 5 gallon pots. I have about 60 of them. Praying they all survive. Do I put regular potting soil in or a different mix to hold the moisture?

    1. Also, forgot to mention I have 3 year old lavender I would love to bring but it’s 4’high. I have no luck taking cuttings that grow roots :/ help what am I doing wrong?

      1. A four-foot-tall lavender? Are you sure that it’s lavender? In any case, a plant that large is best left where it is. You’ll struggle growing most lavender varieties in Georgia anyway so it’s best to investigate which ones will grow for you at your new home. Visit nurseries and any lavender farms in your new region and get recommendations for which ones you should invest in.

    2. Hi Sara, and wow, that’s an epic plant move! I’ve never made that big of a journey with plants before but anything you can add to help the compost retain moisture during the move would be wise. I’d used your potting soil as a good base but add extra coco coir and vermiculite to help with water retention and aeration.

  2. My family is going to move to a new home next month. Thanks for your useful tips, I will follow them to move my garden plants and lots of flowers.

  3. First, you would like to make a decision which of your plants are well worth the great efforts and money required to maneuver them. Have in mind that the majority moving companies won’t take your plants and you’ll either need to move them yourself or find specialty movers. It’ll be an honest idea to style your new garden before you move. Almost like creating a plan of your new home, this may assist you now needless to say which plants will slot in your new surroundings and where the foremost appropriate place is to plant each of them.

  4. We family are planning to shift to a new home and have many flowering plants in our garden. I was tensed and thought much of the ways to carry those plants to our new home, that’s how I started looking for some tips online. I am glad I came across resourceful and helpful content. Thanks you easing my problems.

  5. Great post, I am so glad I found it…We have come across a few situations where a client has asked us the best was they could pack and move their outside garden plants to their new home. Thanks for such an in-depth article and video to help us the next time we encounter the next garden move.

  6. Thank you so much for share your knowledge about this important topic. Moving garden plants to a new home is always difficult for me. Finally, I’ve got huge information from your article. It will help me a lot in the future. Thanks again for your effort to write such a great article.

  7. Thanks for such a nice and informative article about moving the garden plants. I love to garden so much. That’s why I created a garden in my apartment. But recently I’m going to change my apartment. But I was worried to move my garden to my new apartment. Your article would be so much helpful for me to move my garden to my new apartment. I would like to share your post link in my social media account. Because you deserve it for your great effort. Thanks again for your effort to write such a great post.

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