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How to move plants when moving house

Updated: May 15

Weeks before your move, prune plants and repot those in fragile or overcrowded pots. Wrap plants in newspaper and pack them securely in ventilated boxes. Label boxes "Fragile: Live Plants". Transport delicate plants in your car if possible. Upon arrival, unpack immediately and place them in a suitable light for gentle acclimation.

Moving house is a stressful time, no doubt about it. And if you're a plant lover, the thought of relocating your leafy companions adds another layer of worry. Fear not! With a bit of planning, your plants can absolutely thrive in their new home.  At Denix Moving, we understand how precious your belongings are – that includes your potted pals.

Preparation is Key

  • Timing is Everything: Ideally, you'll want to start prepping your plants a few weeks before the moving date. This gives them a chance to adapt to any changes and bounce back from a bit of TLC.

  • A Little Trim:  Pruning away dead or excess foliage helps your plant focus its energy on the move. Give it a light trim, taking care not to overdo it.

  • Repotting Time: If your plant is rootbound (roots poking through the drainage holes) or its existing pot is flimsy, it's best to repot it before the move.

  • Pesky Pests: Give your plants a thorough inspection for any insects. Treating them now will prevent those critters from hitchhiking into your new home.

Packing with Care

Choosing the right boxes is crucial for your plants' safe travels. Opt for sturdy cardboard boxes that are slightly larger than your plants. This extra space will be filled with protective padding. Speaking of padding,  newspaper, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts are your friends!  Wrap the leaves and stems gently with newspaper, then secure the pot with packing peanuts to prevent it from shifting inside the box. Finally, add a layer of bubble wrap for extra cushioning.

Remember, plants need to breathe! Poke a few ventilation holes in the box to ensure good airflow.  Lastly, make those boxes impossible to miss by clearly labelling them  "Fragile: Live Plants" and adding a "This Way Up" arrow to keep them upright.

Moving Day Considerations

When the big day arrives, treat your plant boxes with extra attention. Load them carefully into the moving van, positioning them away from heavy furniture or anything that could crush them. Be mindful of the temperature inside the vehicle –  plants don't like extremes, so avoid leaving them in a freezing van or letting them bake in the summer heat. If you've got particularly delicate plants or are worried about the moving conditions, transporting them in your own car might offer more control.

Tasks for Welcoming Your Plants Home:

  • Unpack immediately: Prioritise getting plants out of boxes and into fresh air as soon as possible.

  • Find a suitable spot with appropriate light: Consider each plant's specific light preferences (bright indirect, low light tolerant, etc.)

  • Water gently (only if soil is completely dry): Overwatering stressed plants can be harmful, check soil dryness before watering.

  • Observe and adjust care as needed: Keep an eye on your plants for a few days. Watch for signs of stress (wilting, leaf drop) and adjust light, water, or humidity accordingly.

Resilient vs. Sensitive Plants

Not all plants are created equal when it comes to handling the stress of a move. Some hardy varieties, like spider plants and snake plants, can bounce back from a bit of jostling with ease. Other plants, such as orchids and many ferns, are far more delicate and require extra attention during relocation. Understanding your plants' needs helps you prioritise packing and care during the moving process.

Resilient (Easy-To-Move)

Description & Care Notes

Sensitive (Require Extra Care)

Description & Care Notes

Spider Plant

Adaptable with trailing stems and baby "spiderettes". Tolerates various light levels.


Exotic blooms, prefer high humidity and specific watering cycles.

Snake Plant

Tall, architectural leaves. Extremely low-maintenance, tolerates neglect.

Ferns (Maidenhair, Bird's Nest)

Lush foliage with delicate fronds. Require consistent moisture and humidity.

ZZ Plant

Glossy leaves, nearly indestructible. Tolerates low light and infrequent watering.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Large, dramatic leaves. Prone to fussiness, dislike drafts or being moved.


Fast-growing vines, adaptable to various light conditions.


Striking patterned leaves. Sensitive to overwatering/underwatering and temperature fluctuations

Peace Lily

Elegant white flowers. Can bounce back from slight neglect.

Monstera Deliciosa

Popular for its split leaves. Enjoys bright, indirect light but dislikes being moved.

Long-Distance Moves

Longer moves mean your plants will be in transit for extended periods, which can increase stress levels. If you're moving across the country or relocating particularly sensitive plants, consider using professional plant shipping services. These companies specialise in safely packing and transporting plants, ensuring optimal conditions to increase their chances of survival.

Welcoming Your Plants Home

As soon as you arrive at your new home, unpack your plants right away. This gives them the best chance to recover quickly from their journey. Place them in a suitable location with the right amount of light for their specific needs. If the soil feels completely dry, offer them a gentle watering, but be mindful not to overwater them while they're still adjusting. Give your leafy companions a few days to acclimate to their new surroundings and monitor for any signs of stress.

At Denix Moving, we understand that a successful move involves relocating all of your belongings safely, including your cherished plants. Our experienced moving team is ready to assist with every step of your move, ensuring a stress-free experience for you and your green companions. Contact us today for a free quote and let us handle the heavy lifting of your next house move!

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