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Tips on moving garden plants to your new home

Find ways to successfully relocated your plants to their new home without causing them to endure transplanting shock.

A group of potted garden plants.
Moving your graden plants to your new home can be a bit tricky.
But you can successfully relocate your plants without stress.

Moving to your new home anytime soon? Wondering how to move your precious garden, the one you've cultivated for years? As you might've assumed before even reading the title of this text, it's a bit tricky. Of course, you shouldn't leave room for panic or similar feelings. There are ways you can successfully relocate your plants without them having to endure stress.

You know that plants can feel stressed out too, don't you? It's not a well-known fact, but they're pretty familiar with the moving-is-pretty-stressful narrative, believe us. So, how do you do it? We'll give you some tips on moving garden plants to your new home in the article below. Make sure you take all the necessary measures, and you won't have to worry a bit about whether or not your garden plants will have a safe trip. The beautiful flowers you grow will undoubtedly make an impression on your new neighbors!

Choosing the right timing...

If you're in a position to pick out the season to realize your moving plans, you should avoid relocating during the summer - the worst season for your garden transplantation. It might be pointless to mention, but extreme summer temperatures are far from good for your plants. Even though the summer months are the most popular part of the year regarding relocation plans, you're better off moving while the temperatures are relatively modest.

Anyway, we're not saying you shouldn't avoid this scenario at any cost. If you don't have the luxury to postpone the moving day until temperatures get transplantation-friendly, you don't need to worry much. We'll show you how to do it, even with the summer sun burning your back.

The Sun at its zenith.
Out of all seasons, summer is the worst for your garden transplantation.
The Sun giveth, the Sun taketh away.

Prepare your plants for the road...

It is essential to take some steps to prepare your plants for the road. You should know that preparation is the critical step to any moving-related task. The night before the moving truck arrives at your doorstep, you should give your plants a deep-soaking. That, of course, doesn't mean you should drown them in water. Find an ideal measure; your intuition will help you there. It would be best if you did it at night to avoid moisture evaporating before you uproot your plants.

While on the subject, you could introduce the deep-soaking ritual weeks or even months before the moving day comes. Do it once a week instead of the shallow everyday soakings, and your plants will be healthier, more resistant to potential moving hazards.

Another quick tip concerning the health of your plants...

Here's one of the easier tips on moving garden plants. Before doing the deep-soaking ritual the night before the move, make sure you trim all the excess and dead stems from your plants. Your plants need all the energy they can accumulate for the road, so it's best they don't waste it on parts they don't need.

A boy watering the garden, one of the tips on moving garden plants to your new home.
The night before the moving truck arrives,
make sure you deep-soak the plants to stay healthy during the transportation.

Make sure everything's already dug out in your new garden...

Of course, if you have the luxury to do it. Map out your new garden and mark what goes where. You don't want to arrive pretty confusedly, and it's for the best you save some much-needed time because your plants are not in a position to wait. As we've mentioned, if you have the opportunity - don't you avoid doing it. The guys at Eagle Van Lines Moving & Storage, who are pretty experienced with moving gardens, generously shared this piece of information with us.

Reduce the transplantation shock to a minimum...

This is probably the most crucial segment of the whole ordeal. We've already mentioned you should give your plants a deep soak the night before you move, so we're not going to discuss it in the list below. Here's what you can do:

  • If you're transporting your plants bare-root, make sure you soak them in water for a few hours before replanting them. 
  • It would be best if you did the whole replanting scenario during the evening hours. That way, your plants will have an entire night to adapt to their new home. 
  • Make sure the holes you've dug out are soaked enough before you put your plants into them. Water the ground until it basically turns into mud. And do it slowly. First, you'll need to plant the roots and water the ground around them. Next, you'll add the rest of the soil and water it again. 
  • Provide your plants with some shade. If that's possible, shield your plants from the cruelty of direct Sun for three to five days. You can use a wooden plank to create a nice little shade. 
Pink roses.
You should try to reduce the transplantation shock to a minimum
when moving garden plants to your new home.

Post-transplantation duties...

Once you've done replanting your plants, the most significant part of the job is over. Still, that doesn't mean you shouldn't provide some extra care to your plants for a certain period of time. Inspect your garden once or twice a day, and check the soil for dryness. Even if it's wet on the surface, you should still check the situation a few inches deeper. Water them regularly (also once or twice a day) and pay close attention to potential changes. As we've mentioned already, try to shield them from direct Sun. Providing a nice shade for your delicate green buddies is the least you can do. Nothing stops you from being innovative and having some fun while you do it.

A few words before we leave

So, there you have it. These were some tips on moving garden plants. Hopefully, your plants will have a safe trip to the location of your new home. Gardening is one of the best hobbies anyone can try, and your relocation shouldn't get in the way of your passion. The garden you're used to nurturing will be as good as it ever was. By putting into practice everything we have mentioned in the text above, there shouldn't be a doubt about it.

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