How to Relocate Your Plants When You Shift?

  • Do not leave your loving plants abandoned at the mercy of a new occupant.
  • Move your plants when the temperature is not overly warm.
  • Safely relocate plants, get as many roots as possible when digging
  • Request your relocation company to move your plants in a closed set up
  • Place plants immediately to your planned garden site once you are shifted
  • Snip off the broken leaves and branches

Plants are not just silent lives that add colour, beauty, variety and glory to your well-stocked garden; they are part of your family. You cared growing them, invested time, effort and money in cultivating them and more importantly earned utter sense of joy seeing them flourish. When moving to a new home, it is therefore a frustrating and emotional moment for you to leave them abandoned at the mercy of a new occupant.

Sometimes however the availability of a well-maintained garden adds up to 15% value of your home. So, if you are selling your home; it is important to ensure if you count your garden to be included in the property. If the buyer is a caring person who loves plants, and you are happy handing the charge of garden, there is nothing wrong. But what if you were settled in a rented property or you want to sell your property but do not want to hand out the garden to the new occupant?

Do you want to part with your garden? Definitely not, and the good news is if you take proper steps on time; you can still relocate some of your plants to your new home. This long-form article is a guide to help you take the proper steps to shift with your plants. Read on, and for any query you want us to clear, we are just a comment-away.

Things to consider when relocating with your plants


It is important to select a strategic time to move your plants. It is good to shift the plants when the temperature is not overly warm. The warmer months are the worst times to relocate plants because plants easily get stressed and they require urgent cover of moisture – which if not provided on time, they die. It is therefore good to wait till winter. If you are in hurry, go for a late spring or late summer relocation for your plants and shrubs

What to do if you must need to relocate during hot summer days

Talk to the new occupants of the house and ask for their favour. Request them to take care of your plants until you get them relocated at a good time or request them to relocate the plants for you during a good time.

How to relocate your plants

To safely relocate your loving plants, ensure to get as many roots as possible when digging. Take up some soil with roots for giving them base. Put plants in pots; ensure that the soil is moist. Wrap the roots of plants in burlap and keep them at a safe place – where these are not exposed to hot but get proper sunlight during day time

Transporting your plants

To give your relocated plants quick access to moisture and a safe home, it is advised you prepare a site on your new home for gardening in advance. If you are driving, you can control the environmental impact on your plants by customizing them and properly inspecting them at regular intervals. But if you are relocating with the help of a relocation company, ask them to keep your plants in a closed set up.

Care for your relocated plants

Once you are at your new home, consider placing the plants immediately to your planned garden site. Snip off the broken leaves and branches. If it is hot summer days, it is advised to transplant your trees during early morning.

That’s it! Proper care, right timing, and tender attention given to uproot, wrap, transport and transplant your plants ensure you are gardening yet again at your new home, with plants you cared on your earlier home.

P.S NOTE – Some moving companies may not provide you exclusive service for transporting plants since plants are prone to damage during relocation. Even then, some states may have strict agricultural laws that restrict travelling of trees from one state to other because of health issues and diseases that may be associated with trees. So, it is important to check on authorities if it is okay to relocate to the new state with your plants and if your moving company provides you plant relocation service. A Good Relocation Company should!

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