The patience involved with carefully looking after your potted plants, pruning them, trimming them, ensuring that they are watered, and generally tending to their all round health makes them quite the investment.
We have seem some fantastic pot plants in our years moving homes around Adelaide, and we thought it may be a good opportunity to shed a little light on the safest and most effective way to make sure that your ‘mobile garden’ arrives in tip top shape.
How Much Space In The Truck Will the Plants Take Up?
A lot of people don’t realise that pot plants actually take up a lot more space in a truck than the rest of the furniture does. This is because the items of furniture can be wrapped up and protected and then stacked on top of each other, however nothing is going to be able to be placed on top of a pot plant!
Due to the fact that pot plants tend to take up so much extra space at the end of a load, it can be a good idea to be prepared for this in advance.
If you have more than five or six pot plants then the space required in the truck can start having quite an impact on being able to fit everything easily. To reduce the costs of moving the pots, we advise where possible to put smaller pots like the one pictured above into a box and tape the top closed. This allows our removalists to stack them as they would any other heavy box.
What Happens if We Have Lots of Pot Plants to Move?
In the past we have had some very well prepared clients who have warned us that there was over fifty pot plants to be moved as well as a 12pm settlement time on their property, which meant that with prior warning we were able to make sure that we took two trucks for that job. One truck was filled completely with pot plants and then the house was loaded into the second truck.
As long as we know in advance that there is a large amount of pot plants to be moved then we can always come up with a plan that will suit your unique needs.
Can We Move Wine Barrel Pot Plants?
In short, yes, we certainly can.
There are however a few considerations that need to be made.
If the wine barrel has been sitting in the back garden for years on end then there is a good chance that some or all of the wood has started to rot.
As the wood rots, it can make the metal hoops that hold the whole barrel together start to loosen and start to come apart. There is nothing more upsetting than having your wine barrel tilted in order to be moved, and then have the wood separate and the entire contents of the barrel come rolling out.
Before moving day comes up, have a quick look at the quality of your barrel. You may need to consider getting a new half barrel and re-potting your plant before moving day.
Can Removalists Move Pots Plants with Cracks in Them?
Before moving day you should quickly inspect all of your ceramic and concrete pots for any visible cracks that are forming down the sides.
As the pot is tilted and then transported, this will only make the cracks get worse. If there are some large cracks visible you should consider re-potting the plant into a plastic pot for ease of transport. We can then wrap up the ceramic or concrete pot and move it safely to the next house, where you will then have the option of transporting it back into the original pot.
Whilst it is not great for a plant to be transferred so many extra times, it is the best option if you have a strong attachment to the ceramic pot.
Should I Water My Pot Plants Before Moving Day?
It may seem cruel to the plant for some, but you really do not want to be moving pot plants that have just been watered.
Give them a really good water five or six days before you move, and if they start to seem a little wilted or dried out then give them a gentle misting with a water sprayer, but don’t water them completely!
The problem with watering them before being moved is two fold,
- The drain run off will end up moving throughout the truck and potentially coming into contact with your furniture and other items. You don’t want muddy water going anywhere near your lounge!
- Adding extra water to the plants will increase the weight of the pot plant. For larger plants this can result in the plant becoming heavier than what can be safely moved. (it’s also harder for your friendly removalists ;))
The key to any successful move is being prepared and communicating with your removalists as much as possible about everything you have that needs to be moved. Have a look at our comprehensive moving checklist for some more great tips on how you can be as prepared as possible for your move day!