When you are relocating, one of the tougher decisions you may have to make is what to do with your plants. Although beautiful around the house, plants tend to be a very tough item to move long distances because of their sensitive nature. In addition, several states even have certification requirements for house plants in order to control pests and disease. If you are going to transport your house plants to you new home the best option is always to move them on your own in your car; however, if this is not possible, your Boston moving company may be able to help you. Here are some tips for moving plants: Although state laws vary on the topic of plants, the following states require a certification for all house plants before they enter the state: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. To obtain the proper certifications or to find out the exact laws of the state you are entering, contact the state’s Department of Agriculture. Even if the state you are going to does not require a certification of inspection, it is expected that you have check that the plant is free from pests and disease. Prior to the move, keep the plant on the dryer side. On the day the Boston movers arrive, be conservative how much you water it. Too much water is one of the major causes of plant failure and is bad for the roots. Most plants can survive a week to 10 days without any water at all. When packing larger plants, loosely bind its branches against the main stem (discarded nylon hose is good to use for this) for added strength and transportability.  If the main stem is not strong, use a stake for added support. Line any boxes containing plants with plastic bags to protect against any excess water coming out of the pot. Also, try to use bubble-wrap or plastic foam to secure the plant as much as possible. All boxes containing plants should not be packed until the day of the move. Be sure to clearly denote “Fragile”, “Live Plants” and “This end up” on the boxes. Be prepared to lose your plants if they are going long distances on a truck. Due to climate change and the general conditions in the back of a tractor trailer, there is a possibility that your plants will not make it to the destination alive. Hopefully these tips will help you and your plants avoid unneeded stress and arrive in your new home safe and sound.

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