Will Movers Take Your Plants?

Will Movers Take Your Plants?

When it comes to moving there’s a lot to think about. Should you hire professional movers? Will you be able to fit all your stuff in your new place? Then there’s all the clutter to just sort and clean up before the last day. Making sure you’ve checked every item on your list can be daunting. Especially when it’s a major life move. If you’re moving long-distance and need some help you’ve probably already called movers.

Now that you’ve made it to the phase where you’re boxing things up and planning what you’ll take or leave behind – there are likely items you’re not sure about. Like if you’re a plant mom and you want to make sure all of your pots and plants make it safely to their destination.

Here are some things you’ll need to consider.

Moving companies are great resources to help you pack and safely move items – but plants typically fall into forbidden transport items so be sure to check in advance if there is a restriction in place to the state you’ll be traveling to. Don’t assume the movers can load all your big heavy plants into their truck on moving day as they’d likely never survive the trip due to how fragile plants can be.

The other reason they won’t be able to transport your plants is that they must adhere to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and plant health agencies rules around nursery and greenhouse stock shipments in order to, “minimize the spread of harmful insects, diseases, and other pests.”

If you simply cannot part with them or gift them to friends, and you’re sure that the climate where you’re moving to will be okay for the plants, then plan to pack them in your own car for transport. This will take up space in the car and could require some extra trips so factor it in early in your planning to accommodate.


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