Moving With Houseplants

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When transporting your plants, protecting them from damage can be a challenge. This page is about moving with houseplants.


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I moved my mother from Wisconsin to Dallas in December years ago and she wanted to take her houseplants. We made a small section in the back seat and stacked the the pots on each other and then secured them by putting boxes around them to keep them in place. I also covered them with a sheet to keep them warm. It was a two day trip.

We stopped at a motel overnight and couldn't take the plants in because of the way the car was packed. I decided to throw a blanket over them and tucked them in for the night. In the morning the car was freezing inside and I worried that the plants were going to die from the cold. I stuck my hand inside the blanket and it was warmer in there than the rest of the car. When the car warmed up I removed the top blanket. All the plants survived that freezing night. My tip is, if moving in very cold weather cover your plants while traveling in the car.

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I am moving to another state in the summer. How can I safely transport my plants?

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January 27, 20140 found this helpful

Use a box larger than the plant, line it with a plastic garbage bag (do not close at the top). Put plenty of paper towels soaked in water around the plant to keep from drying out.


Close top of box and mark 'fragile' and watch the movers so the boxes are at the top and back of the truck, so they can be taken out first.

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January 27, 20140 found this helpful

Yes, you can put a Peoria in a pot and keep it in the house until ready to set out. I set one in a pot and the following year I still wasn't able to set it out. It bloomed just like it would have if I had set it in the ground. I don't know about a bleeding heart.

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August 10, 2007

I am selling my house and eventually moving into another house. I would like to take some of my outside plants with me. However, I will probably live in an apartment for about 6 months to a year before I find another house. Can I plant a Peonia into a pot and keep it indoors until I can return to a more permanent outside garden? Also, what about a Bleeding heart?


I tried to winter a Bleeding Heart last year, by putting it in a semi-dark, cool room and sprinkling it lightly with water every now and then, but it didn't make it. One more question: I may move from Alaska(zone 5-6) to Colorado(zone 4-7), Can you take a piece of the root of the above mentioned plants and still have success re-growing? How.


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