Plants need special care on moving day
DEAR HELOISE:I'll be moving in the next few months. My concern is how can I move my plants safely? -- Louise in New York
Moving can be hard on both people and plants! Plants can be delicate, and they need a little care. But here are some hints to make it easier on both:
* Move plants yourself. Most moving companies will not transport plants more than 150 miles because the vans are not temperature-controlled.
* When transporting the plants yourself, don't park in direct sunlight! Try to find a shady spot.
* Consider repotting large plants into the same-size plastic pots to cut down on weight and avoid breakage, but do this a few weeks in advance so they have time to adjust.
* Prune large plants to prevent breakage, and loosely wrap them in sheets or towels.
* If placed in boxes for moving, punch air holes in the sides of the boxes, and use some damp paper around the plant itself and on top of the soil.
If moving across state lines, check with the state's department of natural resources to find out about any restrictions regarding bringing plants. If you can't take your plants with you, give them away to friends and family. -- Heloise
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