It’s normal to form an attachment to the plants that you’ve been growing and looking after. They require a lot of care and commitment, after all. In fact, almost half of all American homeowners enjoy gardening, according to a study.

But what are you to do with your precious saplings when you’re making a long distance move? Deciding whether you’re going to if move with them or leave them behind is hard. The good thing is it isn’t impossible to move your beloved plants to a new home. Here are some options that will ensure that your plants move to a new home safely:

Option 1

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Water your plants really well in the morning and dig them up the same evening. Make sure there’s a fair bit of soil attached to the root to ensure the plant doesn’t die during the move.

Place the plant in a big pot and water once again. Leave the plant for a couple of days in the shade to absorb the water.

Option 2

Dig a trench around the plant to a radius of 6 inches. Dig 12 to 18 inches deep. Fill this trench with compost so it comes in contact with the root system of the plant. This way, you’re restricting the root ball which makes it compact and strong. You need to begin this process up to a month in advance for it to work effectively.

Monkey grass and liriope can be dug and replanted straight away. Make sure you’re checking for damaged stems and remove them with shears.


Once you’ve moved to your new home, your plants take first priority. Plant them in the evening the day you move in. If you happen to move to a city that’s cold or you’re moving during winter, keep the plants in the pots till the season has passed. A good source of sunlight and a drainage system is always important.

Whether you opt to keep them in the pot or plant them immediately, keeping your plants in the shade as much as possible is the key to ensuring their survival.

Decide where you want your plants replanted and dig a hole twice as big for them. Add water and compost and then place the plant. If your new garden happens to have clay soil, work in some good soil so that your plants continue to thrive.

Transplant larger plants during early spring or late fall. Only transplant them if they have a strong root ball that can attach easily. When moving such plants, make sure the root is wrapped in breathable material.

Fix My Move lists long distance moving companies per your requirements. So whether you’re looking for a mover that can safely transport your beloved plants or you’re looking for a service to move your fragile belongings, we’ve got you covered. Call (800) 611-9622 for more information.