What kinds of things should you consider when moving plants?
Believe it or not, if you’re moving to another state, federal and state laws may prohibit you from bringing a certain type of plant with you. In certain areas, plants may have to be quarantined or inspected to be certified that they are pest-free. Some states prohibit bringing any plants within its borders.
Professional moving companies are usually willing to move houseplants, and that includes us. But don’t expect professional moving personnel to water your plants or give them any special care. They’ll just pile them into the truck and leave them be. So, if you’re moving a long distance and will be on the road for a long time, you might want to transport the plants in your own vehicle.
You need to keep them moist and make sure the temperature of the vehicle is reasonable. Most indoor houseplants cannot survive in temperatures below 30 degrees or higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit for more than an hour, particularly if they are not wrapped. So if you are moving a long ways away, pack plants in cartons and try to make sure they are not left in an unheated car or moving van overnight. You may need to take the plants into the hotel room with your overnight if you’re making a long car ride to get to your new home.