When you’re moving a household to or from Toronto, you have a lot to think about: Where to get your plastic moving boxes, how to pack everything, and whether to use professional moving companies. No wonder your houseplants are usually low on the “to think about” list! But it’s important that you consider how to make the move easier on them.
Plants are organic and living items, which means that they are fragile. Even the hardiest plants get accustomed to thriving in a certain location. When they are moved, they can go into a state of shock, much like humans do when they are met with a sudden surprise. If you have a green thumb and care about the health of your houseplants, do yourself – and them – a favor by making their move comfortable, just as you would for a pet.
Make Sure Your Plants Are Able to Travel
First, be sure that your plants are in a condition to travel. Does the slightest change seem to make them wilt? If so, it might be better to offer them to a trusted friend or family member who lives nearby rather than subject them to an extreme change of scenery, light supply, or air quality.
Secondly, be sure that you are legally allowed to bring your houseplants with you. For instance, if you are moving from the United States to Toronto, you cannot bring certain living items with you, including many types of plants. Be sure to ask about this so you don’t unknowingly make a major misstep.
If You Must Pack Plants, Do It Thoughtfully
In most cases, plants shouldn’t be packed into plastic moving boxes. However, if you see no other way to carry your many houseplants, be very sensitive to the plants’ needs. Be sure the plant has been watered just enough for its needs, and that it’s buffered by eco-friendly “peanuts” or crumpled-up newspaper. The last thing you want is your plant to bump on the sides of the moving box, which can harm its stems, leaves, and flowers.
Additionally, you may not want to close the lid of your Toronto plastic moving box if you have a taller plant. Never bend the plant stems to fit the box; that’s a way to hurt the plant and stunt its growth or possibly kill it.
Carry Your Plants With You, Not in the Moving Van
Your plants belong in your car, or, if you’re driving a moving van yourself, in the cab area. Moving vans can have extreme fluctuations of temperatures. Besides – there’s no guarantee that your plant won’t be jostled around endlessly during the journey.
Going to be staying in hotels or motels because your move to Toronto is a long one? Bring your plants inside when you sleep. This keeps them from suffering in heat or cold.
At the end of the day, houseplants add major attractiveness to any home. Additionally, they’ll bring a lot of your old home into your new one! Be sure to take the precautions necessary to ensure that your houseplants have a pleasant relocation, and you have the opportunity to enjoy them longer.