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5 Tips for Moving Plants and Garden Vegetables

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When you have to pick-up and go, how do you transplant your beloved plants and garden vegetables safely during residential moves?

Plants do not like to be moved. They are not transient creatures and are not designed to be moved. Plants can be sensitive to changing environments, depending on the amount of sunlight, varying temperatures, differences in soil, and the amount of natural rain.

If you are planning a residential move, consider these 5 tips to help you transplant your plants and garden vegetables:


1. Don’t disturb the roots.
This may sound crazy, as you have to disturb the roots somewhat to move the plant, but the more jostled they get the more damaged they will be. Be as careful as possible when digging up the plant. Dig around the plant in a big circle to make sure you don’t disturb the roots any more than necessary.

2. Make sure you have plenty of soil and water. Before you dig, you must first give the plant a good soak. Once you have carefully dug out the plant, you then want to make sure you transplant it with as much of the soil on the roots as possible. This is important for the roots and the plant itself to have the nutrients from the soil during the move.

3. Timing is everything. Transplanting is very tricky, and plants can be finicky. The best time to make the move is during the evening hours, preferably in the late fall or early spring. The summer heat is too brutal and smothering on a plant when being uprooted.

4. Store in a box to be moved along with your belongings. Once you have the plants and vegetables transplanted in pots, you can then either move them separately in your vehicle if the pots are large enough, or you can pack them in boxes to be placed in your moving vehicle.

5. Water, water, and more water. Probably one of the most important aspects is to make sure your plants get enough water before and after the move. Moving plants creates a great amount of stress on them and they will need as much water as possible to keep them alive during the process. A good water before the uproot, a good water during the replant, and a healthy watering every day for at least a week will keep your plants happy and healthy.

Get more information on residential moves or schedule a professional moving job with our team of experts at Nilson Van & Storage today. We are happy to answer any questions you have and help to make your residential move a success.



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