Establishing new roots? Your garden can too.
Moving houseplants is one thing… an entire garden is a whole new ballgame.
First and foremost, plan to move your garden plants yourself. They will not survive inside the conditions of a moving van and need exceptional handle and care during a move.
If you are moving locally, dig holes in your new garden that will be ready and able once you arrive. The longer your plants remained uprooted, the more detrimental their survival and ability to thrive in their new environment becomes. Effectively preparing for their arrival will be half your battle. Marking their new homes with name tags or anything to remind you where each plant belongs will ease the process and minimize confusion.
After you’ve prepared your garden’s new home, it’s time to start preparing your plants for the trauma of a move.
Making sure your plants are hydrated and watered the night before a move and the hours before uprooting. This step cannot be stressed enough. It will be the most important part of the process, and if skipped or slacked on your plants will suffer the consequences. This is also a fundamental step when moving your plants in the summer months, which isn’t advised because of the dryness of the roots during this time of year. If it can’t be avoided, then watering and soaking the roots is vital. Well-watered roots will prevent breakage during the uprooting process.
Now its time to dig. When uprooting your plants obviously it’s best to include as much of the roots as possible. It’s also best to not shake the plant or try to remove any of the soil because it will act as an important protective casing for your plant in-transit. Either place the uprooted plant in a pot or any sort of container capable of holding it or you can also use the popular method of wrapping it in a burlap sack.
After uprooting your plants you will want to replant them as soon as possible. Depending on the season, you will have some leeway, but not a lot. The summer months are already risky enough, so it’s best not to take anymore than absolutely necessary. In other words: don’t dilly dally. Fall and winter will grant you a bit of slack, but it’s still best to get the job done quickly.
When your plants are safe and snug in their new homes, give them some extra TLC for the following weeks while the adapt to their new environment. Give them plenty of water and be sure to encourage their moisture retention to take away some of the shock if you relocate them during summer conditions. Mulch is an excellent way to achieve just that.
Lastly, before any of this, be aware that some of your plants advertised to the new owners of your home are considered part of the house unless you specify otherwise in writing. Uprooting your favorite hasta or rose bush just days before the new owners move in could lead to legal action taken against you. So don’t beat around your rose bush and be upfront with the new buyers about which plants you plan on taking with you and come to an agreement in writing.