How to move home with your houseplants

Uprooting (excuse the pun) your houseplants can be a tricky thing and we want to make sure the transition from home to home is a smooth one. Here are our top tips to help your plants get settled into their new surroundings as soon as possible. The most common sign that your plant is suffering from moving stress is curling leaves or dropping them. In most cases the leaves will uncurl themselves once the plant settles in. You may lose a few in the process but in time they will grow back.

First things first:

Expect your plants to go into shock. When your plant goes into shock their leaves will start to curl. This is their version of “survival mode”. Depending on how hardy your houseplant is this could happen within a few hours of moving them, especially if they are placed in a large van where their environment can't be controlled for an extensive period of time. 

Packing up your plants: 

When it's time to pack up your plants, think about how you can protect them from the move. Make sure delicate foliage is wrapped up with cardboard, clear plastic bags or bubble wrap to make sure they arrive on the other end without a scratch on them. 

We recommend placing your plants in your car or travelling with them in a smaller van. Avoid placing your plants in a large van where they could be squashed or damaged.

Small plants - Wine dividers/small boxes. Ordering a case of wine and then using the compartments for smaller plants is a great way to protect them. Place a clear plastic bag with holes over the box to protect delicate flowers and foliage.

Larger plants - Place a clear bag over the plant with a few holes (so the plant still has access to oxygen) or you can wrap cardboard around it which will protect the foliage from getting torn by the other things you’re moving.

Moving day: 

  • Try to move the plants onto the loading van yourself as hired movers might not be so gentle. 
  • When you’re packing up your car/van or lorry try to keep the plants away from any doors. As you will be coming in and out of the house all day some of your plants aren't going to take very kindly to the door being left open all day especially in winter. 
  • Try to let the houseplants be the last thing you move so it’s the first thing that can be unpacked from the van. Make sure large pieces of furniture are packed up first and kept away from your plants. Just in case anything were to fall, then at least the plants are out of the way. 
  • Grouping your plants together in a van can really help with the moisture levels which will avoid browning leaves. 

  • When you arrive at your new home, find a spot out of the way for all of your plants to be grouped together. Ideally this spot would be away from any drafts or direct sunlight. 
  • Try to replicate the same environment each individual plant received in your previous home. The same lighting and humidity conditions can really help your plants adjust to their new home. 
  • Check their soil and only water if the first two inches of soil are dry. 
  • Once you’ve found the right place for your plants it’s time to leave them alone to allow them to get acquainted with their new environment.

On average it takes about 1-2 months for your plants to properly adjust to new surroundings. We suggest you carry on with normal care but take extra precaution with open windows, drafts or sources of heat. Your houseplants will be especially sensitive so a warm, humid and draft free environment is highly recommended. 

Good luck with your move and please DM us on Instagram if you have any questions with moving your plants.


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