Planning a move and wondering how to transport your beloved plants safely?

Look no further. In this guide, we provide you with crucial tips to move your plants without compromising their health. From understanding invasive species regulations to preparing and packing your plants, we’ve got you covered.

Moving Champs Canada is a house removal company in Canada which has experience moving houseplants, antiques, and valuables.

Discover the importance of watering and climate control, along with expert advice on inspection and proper labelling. Don’t let your plants suffer during the move – follow these tips to ensure their safe journey to your new home.

Here Are Some Essential Tips To Move Your Plants With Care And Ease

1. Understand The Law Regarding Invasive Species For Long-Distance Moves

As long-distance movers, we understand how critical it is to understand the laws and regulations governing the transport of plant life to different provinces, states, and countries. These regulations exist to prevent the introduction of invasive plant species that could harm the region’s ecology.

In Canada, almost every province has a prohibited invasive species list, such as this one for British Columbia. We recommend researching before your next long-distance move to determine where your plants fall within that spectrum.

2. Prepare Your Plants For Moving

When relocating households/offices, deciding what plants to bring and how to transfer them sensitively can be challenging. The most common issues when transporting plants over long distances revolve around temperature, light, space, and a lack of water. Preparing correctly for moving plants should begin weeks in advance, and it is your responsibility to pack and label each plant correctly.

 I. Weeks Before Moving

Research properly trimming your plants, which you can do by consulting a local florist or reading relevant plant books/articles. It is good to begin the repotting process immediately after the move to help overcome the shock phase.

It is best to transplant them into rigid plastic containers to reduce the risk of breaking if the pots are made of clay, glass, or a ceramic layer. Trimming plants weeks ahead of time has many advantages, including making them easier to move, allocating more space, and improving the plant’s health, which is especially important if the move is a long-distance commute.

However, not all plants should be trimmed; for example, a cactus should be left alone because it does not respond well to pruning; this highlights the importance of conducting research weeks in advance to avoid future problems after the move is complete.

II. One Week Before The Move

Inspecting the plants you have decided to bring with you on your move is critical and should be done a week before departure. The inspection should look for pests and diseases; if any plants fail, they should be removed. It is critical to remember to avoid chemicals, especially when the move is about to begin.

III. Last 48 Hours Before The Move

The last 48 hours are your last chance to water your plants before moving. It is critical to ensure that the water has been thoroughly absorbed before the move, as this may result in water loss due to the plant being tossed around. When packing the plants, line the boxes with plastic bags to prevent moisture from breaking through and damaging the cartons. Make sure to label the sides of the boxes as “Fragile Plants” so that the delivery workers know what’s inside.

Remember only to wrap plastic pots in dry paper and to cut holes in the sides and lids of the containers to allow for proper ventilation and to prevent excessive moisture levels. Plants of similar size should be placed in the same box, with plenty of space between the lid and the top of the plants, to reduce the risk of jarring. It is critical to thoroughly water plants in the morning before leaving, especially in the summer.

3. Watering Your Plants

When relocating your plants, it is critical to consider the climate and the impact on the soil. In the volatile environments of Calgary and Edmonton, it is crucial to update your plans based on the current weather. The worst conditions for plants are hot and dry and cold and wet.

If you’re moving during the winter, water your plants for two or three days to ensure they’re dry on a moving day. If you’re moving or relocating your home during the hot summer, water the plants thoroughly in the morning and let any excess water drain away.

4. Pack Them

Pack your plants on the morning of moving day or the night before. Insert the plant into a cardboard box. To keep the plants in place, wrap them in a dampened newspaper or packing paper. Close the lid and poke air holes in the sides of the box. Mark the boxes “PLANTS” so that the movers know not to load them.

5. Last Thing Out, First Thing In

Your plants and kitchen perishables should be the last possessions to leave the old house and the first to enter the new one. If you plan your long-distance move, stop, water, and let the plants breathe while you stretch your legs.

6. Climate Control

Climate control is a significant concern regarding the survival of your plant life during a move. If you are moving during extreme weather (hot summer/freezing winter), ensure that your moving vehicle (or professional moving truck) can match the safe inner temperature range your plants are accustomed to.

You may also consider climate-controlled storage (overnight shipping the plants to the storage facility for long-distance moves) for your plants until the action is complete to reduce the “trauma” caused by relatively extreme climate changes.

7. Seek Additional Plant-Related Education

Refer to an online plant care resource town months before your move to soak up more knowledge and understand the optimum care scenarios for your beloved plants so that you can prepare, transport, and nurture them throughout the entire moving process.

Many moving companies, including Moving Champs Canada, offer boxes and packing materials that are ideal for transporting plants nationwide. If needed, you can purchase these items from them.


In conclusion, moving your beloved plants safely and with care is a challenging task, but with the right knowledge and preparation, it can be accomplished. By following the essential tips provided in this guide, you can ensure that your plants remain healthy and thrive during the move to your new home.

Remember, with the right preparation and attention, your plants can make the journey to your new home safely, and you can continue to enjoy their beauty and benefits in your new surroundings.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or want professional assistance in moving your plants, consider contacting Moving Champs Canada. As a reputable house removal company with experience handling plants, antiques, and valuables, we can provide the expertise and services you need for a safe and successful plant relocation.

If you have any questions or inquiries or would like to get a free moving quote for our specialized plant moving services, feel free to get in touch with us using any of the following contact options:

Phone: +1-6479322202


Happy moving!

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