Plant Care Tips 12.01.22

How to Move House with House Plants

It’s no secret that being a plant parent is becoming increasingly more popular. Plant parenting is a big topic and in 2021 Google Search showed that “How to move house with house plants” trended more than “how to move house with kids”. So, we understand that this is a pretty big deal for all the plant parents out there who are thinking about moving house.

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We have come up with some top tips for moving your leafy friends to your new home. Read our hints and tricks for making it a successful move.

How to Move House with House Plants  Indoor plants delivery by Leaf Envy
How to Move House with House Plants  Indoor plants delivery by Leaf Envy
How to Move House with House Plants  Indoor plants delivery by Leaf Envy


Larger Plants

If you have a larger plant in a heavy pot, it may be a good idea to transfer the plant to a plastic pot which is much lighter and easier to handle. It’s best to do this a few weeks before moving day so that the plants don’t have to go through too much change in one day which may affect their growth and risk their health.


The Last Thing you Pack

Some plants aren’t accustomed to different environments and won’t enjoy the process of being moved. As a result, it is best to leave them as the last thing which is packed into the removal van. Ensure they are packed securely without squishing them into a tight space.


Keeping them Protected

Consider gently wrapping your plants in some fabric, such as an old duvet cover, to help prevent the plants from getting damaged in transit. This will help to prevent any branches or leaves becoming damaged and breaking off. This typically applies to larger sized plants as smaller plants can be placed in a cardboard box to keep them protected. For smaller plants, place them in a cardboard box which has some plastic in the bottom which will prevent lots of mess being made or any leakage occurring.



If you want the moving process to be as smooth as possible, avoid watering your plants within 3 days of moving as the water will make the plants heavier when transporting them. Most plants usually require watering once a week or once every 2 weeks in the winter, meaning that 3 days without watering will be perfectly fine for your plants.



Larger plants that are more mature and more full-looking may benefit from being pruned before moving so that they can avoid becoming damaged during transport. Unintentional breakage and damage to their leaves and stems can be a nasty shock so trimming back the plant is the best way to avoid this.

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